Book chapter proposal
Stage 1 - Expression of interest: If you are interested in contributing a book chapter in response to an email invitation from us, please register your interest by replying to the email. In your response, include the tentative title of your chapter, names of co-authors and institutional affiliations. No further information is necessary at this stage. Before proceeding, please be aware of the publishing fee.
Stage 2 - Chapter proposal: If there is enough interest, we will request all interested authors to submit chapter proposals. Specific guidelines will be sent to the authors.
Stage 3 - Decision about the project: All chapter proposals will undergo a double-blind peer review by at least two external referees. This is to avoid discrimination against authors based on nationality, gender, race or any other factors. The focus will be on what is being proposed rather than who proposed it. The proposals will be assessed for scientific quality and completeness (covering most aspects of the topic). Based on the assessment, a decision will be made whether to continue or discontinue the book project.
Stage 4 - Full chapter submission: If a decision is made to proceed, the authors will be given an opportunity either to continue with the project or withdraw. If the majority of the authors choose not to withdraw, the project will proceed. The authors will be required to submit the book chapter by the deadline indicated in the invitation email.
Manuscript Preparation Guidelines
The guidelines for the preparation of the manuscript are described here.
Permission and copyright
Where relevant, it is the responsibility of the authors to obtain permission from copyright holders, and to ensure that the use of images, data and illustrations in the books/chapters do not violate copyright laws. If a copyright violation in any of the published books/chapters is brought to our attention, we will notify the author for correspondence. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to settle issues with the copyright holder.
All submitted manuscripts will undergo a three-step review process: preliminary check, plagiarism check and independent expert peer review.
Preliminary check: The manuscripts will be reviewed by the editorial office for compliance with guidelines for preparation of articles. Articles that do not comply with the guidelines will be sent back to the authors to ensure compliance.
Plagiarism check: Manuscripts that are in compliance with the guidelines will be checked for plagiarism. We work with CrossRef to use iThenticate to detect plagiarism. iThenticate gives a 'similarity index', which is the word-by-word copying of materials from previously published literature. We use similarity index to make a decision. Manuscripts with more than 10% similarity index will be returned to the authors without peer review for corrective action. For articles with similarity index between 1-10%, we follow the guidelines of Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) on text recycling to make a decision. Manuscripts that pass the plagiarism check will be subjected to expert peer review.
Expert peer review: Chapters that pass the preliminary and plagiarism check will undergo single-blind peer review by the editor of the book. The identity of the editor will remain anonymous until the review of all chapters is complete. Each chapter will also undergo simultaneous independent peer review by at least one expert on the topic. Based on the assessments, the editor will decide whether to reject, accept the chapter without any changes, or give the authors an opportunity to revise and resubmit. For rejected chapters, no appeal is possible. For articles with comments for “revise and resubmit”, the authors are required to address the comments of the editor and also the independent reviewer. The editor will verify the resubmitted manuscripts for compliance and make a final decision. Once the editor is satisfied with the final product, the editor will send the manuscripts to the publisher. The editor's decision is final. We neither influence nor interfere with editorial decisions.
Chapters written by the editors: Chapters written by the editors will be independently reviewed by at least two experts in the field. The editors are required to address all comments of the reviewers. The resubmitted chapters will be verified by the reviewers for compliance before making a final decision.
After acceptance, the chapters will be copy-edited and sent to the authors for approval. After the approval of the copy-edited version, publication-ready pdf will be sent to the author for final approval. After the final approval, pdfs will be published online as individual chapters. They will be open access, freely available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). The authors will retain the copyright of their work. The book will be assigned an ISBN. Each chapter will be assigned a DOI and archived with Portico.
Hardcover copy of the book
About 4-6 weeks after online publication, hard cover copies of the book will be sent to the author as agreed in the contract.
An application to NCBI/NIH/NLM Bookshelf, and also to Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Book Citation Index will be made for possible indexing.
Conflict of Interest
The ICMJE guidelines state that a conflict of interest exists when professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as patients' welfare or the validity of research) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain). Anything that could be perceived as a conflict of interest should be declared. Some examples are: financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership or options, honoraria, patents, and paid expert testimony), personal relationships or rivalries, academic competition, and intellectual beliefs.
Authors: All manuscripts should include a mandatory conflict of interest statement as mentioned under author guidelines. It is the responsibility of the submitting author to obtain relevant information before starting the submission process. If there are no conflicts of interest then the author should enter “The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest with respect to research, authorship and/or publication of this article".
Editors: Editors are required to disclose any conflict of interest.
All experiments involving humans and animals should obtain appropriate ethics approval, and declare it in the manuscript, if relevant to your book chapter.
Human ethics: Codon Publications considers WMA Declaration of Helsinki - Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects as the authoritative source, however, national and institutional variations are possible. All experiments involving human subjects or human-related materials should obtain relevant ethics approval in accordance with national and institutional guidelines. This should be clearly stated, if relevant to your book chapter.
Informed consent: Where relevant, informed consent should be obtained from human subjects using the form approved by the institutional ethics committee prior to commencing any work. This should be clearly stated, if relevant to your book chapter.
Animal ethics: All experiments involving animals should obtain relevant ethics approval in accordance with national and institutional guidelines prior to commencing any animal work. This should be clearly stated, if relevant to your book chapter.