All manuscripts submitted to IMISCOE for consideration, will be submitted to a two-round review procedure. First, to be considered for publication in the IMISCOE-Springer Research Series, all manuscripts must be formally proposed to the IMISCOE Editorial Committee. This will provide an opportunity to see how the manuscript fits within the series as a whole and if submission of the full manuscript for a formal review would thus be relevant. Proposals must be formatted according to the standard IMISCOE book proposal form.

Please submit your book proposal, saved as a word file, by email to Irina Isaakyan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Peer review

If approved by the Editorial Committee, a full manuscript will be submitted to a rigorous review procedure. All manuscripts submitted for publication in the IMISCOE Research series, published by Springer, are scrutinised in a formal, international refereeing process designed to ensure that the series continues to represent excellent academic standards and scholarly quality. Peer review involves at least 1 IMISCOE Editorial Committee assessment and 2 in-depth external reviews by experts in the field of the manuscript, but not affiliated with the author or editors of the proposed manuscript.

Open Access / Non-Open Access

The IMISCOE Research Series includes books in Open Access as well as non-Open Access books. The choice for either or not having a book published in OA is made by the authors. Springer allows IMISCOE to publish an unlimited number of books in non-OA per year. IMISCOE aims to publish around 6 OA books per year. For OA books, the publisher requires a fee of 5,000 euros (+21% VAT). For people from IMISCOE member institutes, who are also individual member, IMISCOE provides a subsidy of 50% of this OA fee. This leaves 2,500 euros (+21 VAT) for the authors themselves to pay. In case of multi-author books, at least one of the authors must be employed at an IMISCOE member institute, and all co-authors must be individual member.

Open access books will be available free of charge via the IMISCOE and Springer websites ('golden open access'). This will enable the widest possible access to your work, and has a proven positive effect on the dissemination of your work and the chance of your work being referred to. With the rise of Horizon 2020 publishing regulations and with the growing importance of citation indexes (such as Google Scholar), we expect OA to become the standard in academic publishing within a decade. In many cases, authors can also rely on an external fund for covering OA fees. 

Editing and copy-editing

Neither Springer nor the IMISCOE Network Office provides editing (copy-editing nor language editing) services. This means that the final revision of a manuscript that has already been accepted for publication by the IMISCOE Editorial Committee must ultimately be submitted in a ready-for-production state. Authors are encouraged to find trusted professional editors for any necessary assistance.