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Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another press for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • All parts of the book should be checked according to Final check
  • Your submission should include:
    Original source files (Word, LaTeX) and a PDF file of your manuscript with all fonts embedded that can be used as a reference. This is especially important if the text or figures contain special characters or unusual fonts. Please check the PDF to ensure that the text appears as it should.

Copyright Notice

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Privacy Statement

We respect your concerns regarding privacy on the Internet and value the relationship we have with you. This policy outlines our efforts to protect your privacy, what kind of your data we collect and what we will do with the collected data.

Protection of Your Information
All data we collect from you on our websites is protected against unauthorized access by third parties. We do our utmost to protect your privacy through the appropriate use of security technologies and physical safeguards.

Website Usage Information
While you use our websites, your visits to individual pages will be tracked and recorded in web server log files (“Log Data”). Log Data may be used by ISCI for statistical purposes, to recognize patterns of usage of the websites, and to improve the structure and content presentation. The usage information we collect (using HTTP Cookies) includes referring URLs, browser and device characteristics, IP address, operating system, as well as dates and times of website visits.

Via the website, ISCI may offer via its website third party services, such as article recommendations, social login, social sharing, and banners to third party sites. Information which is collected by ISCI when you access third party services is processed under this Privacy Policy, while information collected by third party operators themselves will be governed by their own privacy policies.

Our websites may use Google Analytics to help us collect information about how visitors use our sites. We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve the sites. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to a site, where visitors have navigated to a site from and the pages they visit whilst on a site.

You can configure your browser to opt out of providing data to Google Analytics by using the browser add-on provided by Google here.

User Accounts, Registration and Personalized Services
To make use of personalised services, you will have to register a user account with our websites. During registration we will ask you to provide some personal information, including, but not limited to, your name, valid e-mail address, affiliation, password, academic degree, position within your institution or organization, and your research interests. Some of this information is required to properly set up the user account for you to use all of ISCI’s services. ISCI may use this information to fulfill our contract with you (e.g. the publication of your article). Furthermore, ISCI may also use this information internally, e.g., to evaluate and improve our business, respond to any questions, requests or comments you make, for targeted marketing purposes, or to identify and prevent fraud, claims or other liabilities. ISCI may contact you by e-mail to draw your attention to content that might be of interest to you (e.g. new services, products or publications) and for other advertising. If the personal information was provided to us by a third party, ISCI may still use this information in the same manner as described above. You will have the chance to opt out of receiving such e-mails by unsubscribing or contacting the ISCI customer service.

Peer Review Process

Editors usually write to request the aid of external experts in reviewing manuscripts for forthcoming books prior to official publication. Book proposal reviews tend to precede book manuscript reviews and are almost always two separate processes, so if you have been contacted for a manuscript review, a book proposal review has likely already taken place.

How author can help: We will invariably need to contact author with queries to resolve during the review process.

If you are contacted by an editor to review a book manuscript, it is usually because of your expertise in the topic on which a book manuscript focuses. Editors usually provide a set of prompts or suggestions for conducting the review, but at any point, often value your input and appreciate any additional comments you have on how to improve the work.

Manuscript Feedback Questions
One of the first major areas of focus during a manuscript review is the general quality of the book. Editors often ask for general feedback on the overall quality, scope and readership of the volume and whether the presentation and accessibility of the book is suitable. They will work closely with the specific editors or author(s) of the book to adapt your feedback whenever possible.

In particular, editors and authors often find it helpful if manuscript reviewers address the following questions in their responses:

Please summarize your thoughts on the general quality of the manuscript and the table of contents. We are particularly interested in your thoughts on the clarity, accuracy, helpfulness, and accessibility of the material.
What is unique about the book?
What are the book’s strengths and weaknesses?
Who do you see as the primary audience for this book? For what level would you use this book in class, if it is an appropriate work for classrooms? How would you envision this book being used by others?
Are all the necessary topics included in the table of contents? Do you have any suggestions for improving the topics or the organization?
Do you know of any available competing books?
If you teach a relevant class, would you adopt the book?
Reviewer Compensation
In return for your time and input, publishers often provide honorariums consisting of payment in dollars or local currency and should confirm this amount prior to your agreement to conduct a manuscript review. An equivalent worth in books from the publisher’s current list is also often offered.

Timeline for Manuscript Review
If contacted with a request to review a manuscript, it’s best to let the editor who contacted you know as soon as possible whether or not you would be willing to take on the project. Editors should provide a timeline of the project for your reference and a deadline by which they would be grateful to receive your feedback. If you agree to conduct a manuscript review, it is important to return your feedback by this deadline.

If you do not think that you will have time to review the manuscript by the deadline offered, tell the editor at your earliest convenience. If you think you may be able to conduct the review with a little more time, it is also advisable to let the editor know so that a new deadline might be agreed. Let the editor know as soon as possible if at any time during a review in progress it appears that you will not meet an agreed deadline.

Alternately, if you do not have time at all for the project for which you have been contacted but are interested in reviewing future projects, let the editor know.

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