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Books

For Book Editors
Full Book Manuscript Submission Guidelines eEditorial Discovery® User Guide For Book Editors

FAQ for Book Editors

For Contributing Authors
Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Permission and Release Forms

FAQ for Contributing Authors
  • How many chapters can I contribute to a single publication?

    Answer: Contributing authors should not submit or participate in writing more than 2 chapters for a single publication.

  • How do I upload a full chapter to the eEditorial Discovery® submission system?

    Answer: Authors receive a notification email when their chapter proposal is approved which will include a submission link. This chapter submission link takes authors to a five step process: Chapter Info, Authors, Documents, Figures, and Review & Submit. Authors will upload their chapter in the third step, Documents, but need to complete each page in order to successfully submit.

  • How do I upload a chapter revision to the eEditorial Discovery® submission system?

    Answer: The corresponding author can upload their revised document on behalf of the contributing authors of the chapter by accessing their chapter in eEditorial Discovery®. Once their chapter listing is showing, authors can upload their revisions by going to the "Documents" page, selecting "File," choosing the correcting document, and selecting "Upload." This will successfully upload their revised chapter document.

  • Why do I need in-text citations?

    Answer: When an author uses information from an outside source (article, book, chapter, webpage, etc.) in their chapter, an in-text citation must be used to inform their reader that the information came from another source.

  • May I use bracketed references or footnotes instead of in-text citations?

    Answer: Bracketed references, footnotes, and endnotes may not be used instead of in-text citations. IGI Global requires that all references (in-text and full references) be in APA format. Any references that are not in APA format will be returned to the author(s) for correction.

  • For a mathematics-based chapter, what should I use to format the equations?

    Answer: All equations must be formatted using MathType or must be typed out manually by the authors. We cannot accept mathematical material that has been embedded as an image or formatted using Equation Editor.

  • What is the difference between a book author and a contributing author?

    Answer: A contributing author is only contributing a single chapter to a publication. A book author is an author that writes an entire book.

  • Why is it important for me and my co-authors to submit our bios?

    Answer: All bios will be displayed in the “About the Contributors” section of the publication. If you do not submit your bio, your name will not appear on this list.

  • Why are authors requested to sign an Author’s Warranty and Transfer of Copyright Agreement?

    Answer: All corresponding authors must sign an Author’s Warranty and Transfer of Copyright Agreement in order for their chapters to be published. This transfer of copyright is only for the verbatim text confirming that the authors will not republish or repurpose the verbatim chapter or upload it to any open access websites (e.g. ResearchGate, Academia.edu, SSRN, etc.). The intellectual property will still be retained by the authors, so they may use their own thoughts and ideas presented in the chapter for other purposes. Also, IGI Global supports a fair use policy which allows chapter authors to post the final typeset PDF (which includes the title page, table of contents and other front materials, and the copyright statement) of their chapter or article (NOT THE ENTIRE BOOK OR JOURNAL ISSUE), on the author or editor's secure personal website and/or their university repository site.

  • Where do I sign the Author’s Warranty and Transfer of Copyright Agreement?

    Answer: The corresponding author of the chapter can electronically agree to the Author’s Warranty and Transfer of Copyright Agreement in eEditorial Discovery® when they first create the chapter listing. They can also go back into the "Authors" section of their chapter listing later in development to electronically sign this document.

  • Can I publish my thesis or dissertation as a chapter?

    Answer: You may use the idea behind your thesis or dissertation for your chapter, but it must be updated and expanded upon. You may not submit your thesis or dissertation verbatim.

  • Can I submit a chapter that has already been published elsewhere?

    Answer: IGI Global does not accept any content that has been submitted for publication or previously published elsewhere. All chapters must be original content.

  • What is an "image permission form" and when do I need to use one?

    Answer: If an image is copyrighted, you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holder in order to publish the image in your chapter.

  • How can I tell if an image is copyrighted?

    Answer: You can often tell if an image is copyrighted if the copyright symbol © and the name of the company are present on the image. Disney characters, National Geographic photographs, logos, etc. are copyrighted.

  • Who do I ask for permission to use the image?

    Answer: You will need to contact the copyright holder to obtain permission. You can often find out through the company’s website who to contact and what you need to do to obtain permission.

  • What happens if I cannot get permission?

    Answer: If you cannot get permission, you can create a figure or image that presents the information you need in a different way. If you need to include the name of a company, type out the name instead of using their logo. If logos or copyrighted content is present in an image and they aren’t important, our production team will blur or crop out the content that is copyrighted to avoid any possible infringements.

  • What is a “case permission form” and when do I need to use one?

    Answer: A case permission form is required when an author is conducting a case study of an organization or institution. Permission must be granted in order for the author to use the name of the organization/institution in their chapter.

  • What happens if permission is not granted?

    Answer: If you cannot obtain permission and you believe that the integrity of the chapter is lost without it, you may request that your chapter be removed from the publication. Or, you may change the name of the organization/institution to anonymize it. You may add a note to your chapter’s acknowledgment stating that you’ve changed the name of the organization/institution for anonymity.

  • What is an “interview release form” and when do I need to use one?

    Answer: The interviewee (person being interviewed) needs to sign the agreement stating that the interview they’ve given the author to use is original and hasn’t been published before, and also that they give their consent to utilize it.

  • What happens if I cannot get permission?

    Answer: The interview will not be considered publishable unless the form is signed, dated, and returned to IGI Global. The interview will not be usable without this form. If you are unable to obtain permission to use the interview for any reason, you will need to either restructure your chapter to ensure that it make sense without the interview, or you may request that your chapter be removed from the publication.


For Chapter Reviewers
For Those Serving as Reviewers on the Chapter Level
FAQ for Contributing Authors
  • Who serves as a chapter reviewer?

    Answer: Reviews are an extremely important element within the academic publishing process, as they ensure the highest level of quality, integrity, and accuracy of the work. As a mutual courtesy to one another, authors of book chapters will be expected to serve as a reviewer for up to 2-3 other chapters within the publication. Additionally, Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) members will be requested to perform reviews as well. All chapters are assigned out for review by the editor of the publication.

  • What should my review entail?

    Answer: Your chapter review must contain comments that will help the chapter author to effectively revise their chapter(regardless of whether the chapter ultimately ends up being accepted for publication or not). Your review must be as comprehensive and constructive as possible: including full sentences that clearly explain how the author can improve their chapter. We cannot accept reviews that only provide rankings. Please refer to the above “Sample Chapter Review.”


For Book Authors
For Authors of Research Insights and Standard Authored Books

Permission and Release Forms

FAQ for Book Authors
  • What is the difference between Research Insights and Standard Authored books?

    Answer: Research Insights are smaller authored books that usually contain 6-9 chapters and have a total word count of 45,000 – 60,000 words. Standard Authored books are larger authored books that usually contain 10-12 chapters and have a word count of 80,000 to 160,000 words.

  • How long does my book have to be?

    Answer: If your book is a Research Insight, your publication must be a minimum of 6 chapters and 45,000 words. If your book is a Standard Authored book, your book must be a minimum of 8 chapters and 80,000 words.

  • May I recruit authors to contribute chapters to the book?

    Answer: Only individuals listed on the book's contract may submit chapters to the book. No outside contributions should be recruited for the work. You may incorporate interviews that took place between you and other individuals (ensuring that an “interview release form” is signed off on), however, that is the only contribution that should be coming from any outside parties.

  • How do I upload my chapters in the eEditorial Discovery® submission system?

    Answer: You can upload your chapters individually by first accessing your book in eEditorial Discovery® under the “Current Projects” dropdown menu and then selecting the “Upload Chapters” option under your book’s title. You’ll be able upload your chapters individually by adding the chapter’s number, it’s title, a subtitle (if necessary), the chapter’s abstract, and then uploading the document. Once uploaded, the page will refresh and allow you to repeat the process until you have uploaded all of your chapters.

  • How do I upload chapter revisions in the eEditorial Discovery® submission system?

    Answer: You can upload any chapter revisions as if you are doing the initial chapter uploads by selecting “Upload Chapters” under your book’s title. The following page will show all of your chapters’ numbers and titles. To upload revisions, select “edit” next to the corresponding chapter title, then browse to choose your revised file. Finally, select “Save” to save your revision.

  • For a mathematics-based chapter, what should I use to format the equations?

    Answer: All equations must be formatted using MathType or must be typed out manually by the authors. We cannot accept mathematical material that has been embedded as an image or formatted using Equation Editor.

  • What is an "image permission form" and when do I need to use one?

    Answer: If an image is copyrighted, you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holder in order to publish the image in your chapter.

  • How can I tell if an image is copyrighted?

    Answer: You can often tell if an image is copyrighted if the copyright symbol © and the name of the company are present on the image. Disney characters, National Geographic photographs, logos, etc. are copyrighted.

  • Who do I ask for permission to use the image?

    Answer: You will need to contact the copyright holder to obtain permission. You can often find out through the company’s website who to contact and what you need to do to obtain permission.

  • What happens if I cannot get permission?

    Answer: If you cannot get permission, you can create a figure or image that presents the information you need in a different way. If you need to include the name of a company, type out the name instead of using their logo. If logos or copyrighted content is present in an image and they aren’t important, our production team will blur or crop out the content that is copyrighted to avoid any possible infringements.

  • What is a “case permission form” and when do I need to use one?

    Answer: A case permission form is required when an author is conducting a case study of an organization or institution. Permission must be granted in order for the author to use the name of the organization/institution in their chapter.

  • What happens if permission is not granted?

    Answer: If you cannot obtain permission and you believe that the integrity of the chapter is lost without it, you may request that your chapter be removed from the publication. Or, you may change the name of the organization/institution to anonymize it. You may add a note to your chapter’s acknowledgment stating that you’ve changed the name of the organization/institution for anonymity.

  • What is an “interview release form” and when do I need to use one?

    Answer: The interviewee (person being interviewed) needs to sign the agreement stating that the interview they’ve given the author to use is original and hasn’t been published before, and also that they give their consent to utilize it.

  • What happens if I cannot get permission?

    Answer: The interview will not be considered publishable unless the form is signed, dated, and returned to IGI Global. The interview will not be usable without this form. If you are unable to obtain permission to use the interview for any reason, you will need to either restructure your chapter to ensure that it make sense without the interview, or you may request that your chapter be removed from the publication.


Journals

For Editors
Journal Issue Submission Guidelines eEditorial Discovery®TM User Guide - Journals

For Authors
Manuscript Submission Guidelines Final Article Submission Guidelines