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Details and Guidelines for Manuscript Submissions

Please carefully follow the guidelines below as you write. Any manuscripts not meeting these guidelines will be returned to the author(s) for correction, which can cause significant delays in the publication of your work.

  • Required Word Counts
  • Books
    • Manuscript Checklist
    • What IGI Global Does Not Accept
  • Journals
    • Manuscript Checklist
    • What IGI Global Does Not Accept

TopRequired Word Counts

Please ensure that your manuscript follows the word count requirements specific to your publication format. If you are writing a book chapter, an easy way to determine the format of your book is to look at its title. Case books, encyclopedias, and handbooks of research will have the names of their formats included in their titles (e.g., "Handbook of Research on. . ."). Edited book titles will not include any of these phrases.
  • Minimum 7,000 words (Edited book chapter)
  • Minimum 10,000 words (Handbook of research chapter)
  • Minimum 7,000 words (Case book chapter)
  • Minimum 5,000 words* (Encyclopedia article) (*word count ranges may vary from project-to-project)
  • Minimum 5,000 words (Journal article)

Top

Books

All manuscripts must

  • be in scope of the book
  • be submitted in Microsoft® Word
  • be typewritten in English
  • be written in objective third person point of view throughout (Use "the authors" or "the researchers" NOT "I" or "we")

TopManuscript Checklist

  1. Originality of manuscripts. Only ORIGINAL submissions will be accepted for publication. Manuscripts may not have been previously published or be submitted for publication elsewhere.
  2. Revised manuscripts. IGI Global will not publish a manuscript that is a “revised” version of a manuscript that you published elsewhere. In order to be considered original, a manuscript must be at least 80% new material with no more than 200 consecutive words (properly cited) repeated verbatim from any previously published work.
  3. Teaching notes. If you are writing a case study, please provide supplemental teaching notes as a separate document from your manuscript. These notes will be provided to readers interested in adopting your work as course material. Case Support Material Guidelines
  4. Copyright. For those already familiar with IGI Global's publication process, please note that PDF copyright agreements are no longer accepted. As part of the manuscript submission process, you and your authors will be asked to sign the Author’s Warranty and Transfer of Copyright Agreement digitally.
  5. Titles. Titles may be no longer than 100 characters. Subtitles, if included, may be no longer than 50 characters.
  • Note that all titles must be entered in title case. To put a title in title case, the first letter of each word should be capitalized unless that word is a preposition (position words such as “by,” “to,” or “at”), conjunction (connecting words such as “and” or “but”), or article (“a,” “an,” or “the”) fewer than four letters long. The only exceptions to this rule are that the first word of the title or subtitle is always capitalized, even if it is an article, preposition, or conjunction.
  • Titles may not be written in all capital letters (e.g., "CHAPTER TITLE" is incorrect; "Chapter Title" is correct)
  • Headings. Please format all headings as in the below manuscript formatting templates at line number 15. Heading names within the body of your text may be tailored to the content of the work. Note that headings and subheadings should NOT be numbered (e.g., 1. Introduction, 2. Background, etc.).
  • Key Terms and Definitions (book chapters only). All book chapters must include a list of 7+ key terms and definitions following the references and additional reading lists. Definitions must be written in the chapter author’s own words. For an example, please see the formatting templates below.
  • Images. All submitted images must follow the requirements outlined in IGI Global’s Image Formatting Guidelines. Any figures or tables that do not meet these minimum specifications will be returned to the author(s) for correction. All figures must be submitted as separate files in .tif format. Please also note that it is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to use any image currently under copyright by a third party. Please see the image guide for more information.
  • APA citations. Please ensure that all information in your manuscript that is taken from another source is substantiated with an in-text reference citation. A minimum of 10 sources is required for each submission. Please also note that your references must follow APA (American Psychological Association) style. (The publisher will return your submission to you for correction if you do not properly format your references.) For more information and examples on APA citations, please see IGI Global’s APA Citation Guidelines.
    • Self citation. Researchers may need to cite their previously published works in order to communicate an idea effectively in their present manuscript. While IGI Global encourages the use of self citations in these cases, it is important that self-cited works do not account for, at most, 50% of the total references in the manuscript.
  • Equations. If a symbol or equation can by typed directly into Microsoft Word, please do so. Otherwise, we require using MathType to format all equations. Authors can download a free trial version of MathType here: http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/.
  • Peer review. All submissions must undergo a double-blind review process before being accepted for publication. Authors of book chapters will be expected to serve as reviewers for 2-3 chapters. Authors have a vested interest in ensuring the quality of all chapters within the publication, as improving the quality of the publication as a whole will also improve the reception of their own work within it.
  • English Language Copy Editing. It is crucial that complete English language copy editing of your manuscript be conducted prior to submission to ensure proper use of the English language, proper grammatical structure, and correct spelling and punctuation. Manuscripts that are submitted to the publisher are considered to be in their final form and ready for publication as is. To assist you, IGI Global offers a variety of editorial services, including English language copy editing (Note: Open access manuscripts with fully paid open access processing charges will automatically undergo professional English language copy editing and proofreading prior to final publication). Learn More
  • APA and IGI Global house style. Please be advised that due to APA and IGI Global house style rules, changes in regard to, among other things, capitalization, the appearance of block quotes and bulleted and numbered lists, and the placement of images on the page may be adjusted accordingly during the typesetting phase. Please format your manuscript according to the proper template for your publication type (handbook chapters will fall under the “Authored or Edited Chapter Template”):
  • Authored or Edited Chapter Template......Encyclopedia Article Template......Case Chapter Template

    If you need help formatting and styling your manuscript for submission, IGI Global offers a variety of editorial services to support you. Learn More.

    Note: The Manuscript Organization and Formatting Template is designed for the purpose of standardizing manuscript submissions and does not reflect how your work will actually appear in print. Format and design of the final publication is at the sole discretion of the publisher.

    TopWhat IGI Global Does Not Accept

    1. Simultaneous Submissions. No manuscript may be submitted to two or more IGI Global publications at the same time. However, a manuscript rejected from one book or journal may be resubmitted to a different book or journal.
    2. Plagiarism. IGI Global takes concerns of plagiarism very seriously. All manuscripts are checked for plagiarized passages prior to being accepted for publication. Please ensure that all information taken from outside sources is properly cited and that all thoughts are composed in your own words. All instances of plagiarism will be immediately returned to the authors for correction and may be cause for removal of the manuscript from the publication. Learn more about IGI Global' Statement on Ethical Publishing Practices.
    3. LaTex. LaTex files are NOT accepted because they are not compatible with IGI Global’s typesetting program. As an alternative, we require that you use MathType (see the “Equations” section).

    **Please note that all manuscripts MUST be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager. Manuscripts submitted outside of the system will not be considered for publication.**

    Top

    Journals

    All manuscripts must

    • be in scope of the journal
    • be submitted in Microsoft® Word
    • be typewritten in English
    • be written in objective third person point of view throughout (Use "the authors" or "the researchers" NOT "I" or "we")

    TopManuscript Checklist

    1. Originality of manuscripts. Only ORIGINAL submissions will be accepted for publication. Manuscripts may not have been previously published or be submitted for publication elsewhere.
    2. Peer review. All submissions must undergo a double-blind review process before being accepted for publication. Authors of book chapters will be expected to serve as reviewers for 2-3 chapters. Authors have a vested interest in ensuring the quality of all chapters within the publication, as improving the quality of the publication as a whole will also improve the reception of their own work within it.
    3. Revised manuscripts. IGI Global will not publish a manuscript that is a “revised” version of a manuscript that you published elsewhere. In order to be considered original, a manuscript must be at least 80% new material with no more than 200 consecutive words (properly cited) repeated verbatim from any previously published work.
    4. Teaching notes. If you are writing a case study, please provide supplemental teaching notes as a separate document from your manuscript. These notes will be provided to readers interested in adopting your work as course material. Case Support Material Guidelines
    5. Copyright. For those already familiar with IGI Global's publication process, please note that PDF copyright agreements are no longer accepted. As part of the manuscript submission process, you and your authors will be asked to sign the Author’s Warranty and Transfer of Copyright Agreement digitally.
    6. Author Affiliations. Please ensure that the current affiliation that is uploaded on Step 2: Enter Author Information is also uploaded in the author's current IGI Global profile as well to ensure there is no mistake of the wrong affiliation included in a published version of an article.
    7. Titles. Titles may be no longer than 100 characters. Subtitles, if included, may be no longer than 50 characters.
    • Note that all titles must be entered in title case. To put a title in title case, the first letter of each word should be capitalized unless that word is a preposition (position words such as “by,” “to,” or “at”), conjunction (connecting words such as “and” or “but”), or article (“a,” “an,” or “the”) fewer than four letters long. The only exceptions to this rule are that the first word of the title or subtitle is always capitalized, even if it is an article, preposition, or conjunction.
    • Titles may not be written in all capital letters (e.g., "CHAPTER TITLE" is incorrect; "Chapter Title" is correct)
  • Headings. Please format all headings as in the below manuscript formatting templates at line number 15. Heading names within the body of your text may be tailored to the content of the work. Note that headings and subheadings should NOT be numbered (e.g., 1. Introduction, 2. Background, etc.).
  • Images. All submitted images must follow the requirements outlined in IGI Global’s Image Formatting Guidelines. Any figures or tables that do not meet these minimum specifications will be returned to the author(s) for correction. All figures must be submitted as separate files in .tif format. Please also note that it is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to use any image currently under copyright by a third party. Please see the image guide for more information.
  • Tables. All tables included in any submitted research can remain in the document. Please do not upload your tables in Step 4: Upload Figures when submitting a document.
  • APA citations. Please ensure that all information in your manuscript that is taken from another source is substantiated with an in-text reference citation. A minimum of 10 sources is required for each submission. Please also note that your references must follow APA (American Psychological Association) style. (The publisher will return your submission to you for correction if you do not properly format your references.) For more information and examples on APA citations, please see IGI Global’s APA Citation Guidelines.
    • Self citation. Researchers may need to cite their previously published works in order to communicate an idea effectively in their present manuscript. While IGI Global encourages the use of self citations in these cases, it is important that self-cited works do not account for, at most, 50% of the total references in the manuscript.
  • Equations. If a symbol or equation can by typed directly into Microsoft Word, please do so. Otherwise, we require using MathType to format all equations. Authors can download a free trial version of MathType here: http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/.
  • English Language Copy Editing. It is crucial that complete English language copy editing of your manuscript be conducted prior to submission to ensure proper use of the English language, proper grammatical structure, and correct spelling and punctuation. Manuscripts that are submitted to the publisher are considered to be in their final form and ready for publication as is. To assist you, IGI Global offers a variety of editorial services, including English language copy editing (Note: Open access manuscripts with fully paid open access processing charges will automatically undergo professional English language copy editing and proofreading prior to final publication). Learn More
  • APA and IGI Global house style. Please be advised that due to APA and IGI Global house style rules, changes in regard to, among other things, capitalization, the appearance of block quotes and bulleted and numbered lists, and the placement of images on the page may be adjusted accordingly during the typesetting phase. Please format your manuscript according to the proper template for your publication type (handbook chapters will fall under the “Authored or Edited Chapter Template”):
  • ......

    Journal Article Template

    If you need help formatting and styling your manuscript for submission, IGI Global offers a variety of editorial services to support you. Learn More.

    Note: The Manuscript Organization and Formatting Template is designed for the purpose of standardizing manuscript submissions and does not reflect how your work will actually appear in print. Format and design of the final publication is at the sole discretion of the publisher.
  • Acknowledgements. Authors are required to include a conflict of interest statement and funding information at the end of the article manuscript.
  • Permission Forms. Please ensure that if any permission forms need to be filled out and supplied to the publisher.
  • TopWhat IGI Global Does Not Accept

    1. Simultaneous Submissions. No manuscript may be submitted to two or more IGI Global publications at the same time. However, a manuscript rejected from one book or journal may be resubmitted to a different book or journal.
    2. Plagiarism. IGI Global takes concerns of plagiarism very seriously. All manuscripts are checked for plagiarized passages prior to being accepted for publication. Please ensure that all information taken from outside sources is properly cited and that all thoughts are composed in your own words. All instances of plagiarism will be immediately returned to the authors for correction and may be cause for removal of the manuscript from the publication. Learn more about IGI Global' Statement on Ethical Publishing Practices.
    3. Bracketed References. Do not include bracketed references in your article In-text citations must be included in the body of the article in APA format. Learn more.
    4. LaTex. LaTex files are NOT accepted because they are not compatible with IGI Global’s typesetting program. As an alternative, we require that you use MathType (see the “Equations” section).

    **Please note that all manuscripts MUST be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager. Manuscripts submitted outside of the system will not be considered for publication.**

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