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Publication Fees


Authors, authors' institutions or research funds must pay a publication fee. It includes both: processing and submission charges. Click <here> for more details about the publication fee and payment procedure.



Peer Review Policy and Editorial Procedures


All full-page open acces books or single book chapters undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymised refereeing by 2-4 anonymous international, outside referees. The Editor reserves the right to make any necessary technical changes in the book or separate chapters, or request the author to do so, or reject the book/chaptersubmitted. A copy of the edited book/chapter along with the first proofs will be sent to the author for proofreading. They should be corrected and returned to the Editor. Once the final version of the book/chapter has been accepted, authors are requested not to make further changes to the text. Authors will receive a copy of the full-page book in pdf format free of charge.



Quality Control


Initial Checks


All submitted manuscripts received by the Editorial Office will be checked by a Book Series Editor to determine whether it is properly prepared, is on topic of book scope and whether the manuscript follows the IFSA Publishing, ethical policies. Manuscripts that do not fit the ethical policy and is out of topic will be rejected before peer-review. Manuscripts that are not properly prepared will be returned to the authors for revision and resubmission. After these checks, the Managing Editor will consult the Editor-in-Chief, Editors or Book Series Editor to determine whether the manuscript is scientifically sound. No judgment on the significance or potential impact of the work will be made at this stage. Reject decisions at this stage will be verified by the Editor-in-Chief.





Once a manuscript passes the initial checks, it will be assigned to at least two or four independent experts for peer-review. A single-blind review is applied, where authors' identities are known to reviewers. Peer review comments are confidential and will only be disclosed with the express agreement of the reviewer. Reviewers should not have published with any of the co-authors during the past five years and should not currently work or collaborate with one of the institutes of the co-authors of the submitted manuscript.



Editorial Decision and Revision


Based on the comments and advice of the peer-reviewers, an external editor – usually the Editor-in-Chief or a Book Series Editor – will make a decision to accept, reject, or to ask authors to revise the manuscript. For Minor Revisions the authors will have a few weeks to resubmit their revised manuscript. For Major Revisions the authors will have one month to resubmit their revised manuscript. However, authors should contact the editorial office if extended revision time is anticipated.



Author Appeals


Authors may appeal a rejection by sending an e-mail to the Editorial Office of publisher. The appeal must provide a detailed justification, including point-by-point responses to the reviewers' and/or Editor's comments. The Book Series Editor will forward the manuscript and relating information (including the identities of the referees) to an Editorial Board member who was not involved in the initial decision-making process. If no appropriate Editorial Board member is available, the editor will identify a suitable external scientist. The Editorial Board member will be asked to give an advisory recommendation on the manuscript and may recommend acceptance, further peer-review, or uphold the original rejection decision. A reject decision at this stage will be final and cannot be revoked.



Production and Publication


Once accepted, the manuscript will undergo professional copy-editing, proofreading by the authors, final corrections, pagination, and, publication on the IFSA Publishing web site and in print, paper version.




Copyright and License Terms Statement


Authors who publish open access books and/or chapters retain the copyrights of their works. IFSA Publishing operates under the Creative Commons Licence CC-BY.

Creative Commons License



IFSA Publishing Ethics Statement


If plagiarism or/and double submission problems were found, all authors of that paper cannot submit paper to our journal for two years. And that paper will be removed even though it was published. The publication fee is not refunded in these cases. Please see the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement



Open Access Policy


All published open access books are free to access immediately from the date of publication without any embargo period. Open access books are free for download for any readers without any online registration. Readers are allowed to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship. IFSA Publishing operates under the Creative Commons Licence CC-BY. All authors publishing with the publisher accept these as the terms of publication.


In the Open Access model, the publication costs are usually covered by the authors, author’s institution or research funds. These Open Access charges replace subscription charges and allow the publishers to make the published material freely available to all interested online readers. At the same time, authors who publish full-page open access book/chapters retain the copyrights.

Other than their cost-recovery model, Open Access books are no different from traditional books and monographs; they undergo the same peer-review and quality control as any other established publisher. Moreover, Open Access allows for maximum visibility, uptake and use of the published material.



References to Open Access Books and Chapters


The following information must be included when citing published open access books and chapters:




- Book title

- Editor

- Volume number (if any)

- Publisher: IFSA Publishing

- Year of publication



Example: [1]. Advances in Sensors: Reviews, (Ed. by Sergey Y. Yurish), Vol.4, IFSA Publishing, 2016.


Chapter in a book with different contributors:


- Authors

- Chapter title

- Book title

- Editor

- Publisher: IFSA Publishing

- Year of publication

- Page numbers



Example: [2]. I. Giouroudi, S. Cardoso, G. Kokkinis, Biosensors based on Magnetic Nanoparticles, Chapter 7

in Advances in Sensors: Reviews, (Ed. by Sergey Y. Yurish), Vol.4, IFSA Publishing, 2016, pp.133-146.





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