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Author Guidelines

Thank you for your interest, our call for submissions closed January 31st, 2014. 

Open textbook proposal submissions will be reviewed by the Principal Investigator and librarians at participating libraries, including a consultative review of the abstract by faculty in the same discipline. There is a limit of 16 textbook awards possible, decisions to approve or decline proposals will be made by March 1, 2014. All authors and reviewers will be notified by Principal Investigator of the decision.

Proposal Selection Criteria

  1. Author must be a current or emeriti teaching faculty member at a SUNY campus. If proposal includes co-authors, primary author must be SUNY faculty: Incentive will be divided as proposed.
  2. Quality, clarity, readability, and usefulness as a textbook for undergraduates or graduates at colleges and universities.
  3. Author must be able to complete and submit 100% of the manuscript by 1/15/2015, and revise as needed during peer-review and copy-editing to be completed by 6/1/2015.
  4. Author agrees that work will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License which can be found at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ as an Open SUNY Textbook. Author retains copyright of their work.
  5. Other criteria to consider are as follows:
  • Impact on teaching and learning, as evaluated with likelihood the textbook will be adopted,
  • Potential number of students SUNY wide enrolled in courses this textbook is designed to serve.
  • Textbook variety; we are seeking to publish textbooks that serve General Education courses, widely enrolled courses, and others that serve upper level courses.

Textbook Manuscript Guidelines

Complete Author Guidelines can be found here

  1. Completed manuscripts of approximately 200-300 pages, or 50K -75K words, must be submitted by January 15, 2015 as a Word document (preferred, although other formats such as LaTeX, RTF, HTML, etc. are acceptable), written in English, and should be accessible, engaging, and suitable for use in community college, college or university courses.
  2. Submissions should include: abstract of approximately 100 words, introduction, and all references cited.
  3. Citations should be submitted using standards appropriate to the discipline e.g. APA, Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, etc.
  4. Please provide high resolution images for all diagrams, illustrations, and other imagery as standalone files separate from your manuscript. Jpg or png files are acceptable at 300 dpi for black & white and color photographs, 600 dpi for photos that contain labels or text. Image files must be uploaded to Open SUNY Textbook catalog.
  5. The author must verify and obtain appropriate permissions for any copyrighted work used in the manuscript.
  6. Author retains copyright and the work is published as an Open SUNY Textbook with a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Terms can be found at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/.

If you have a question, please contact: Cyril@geneseo.edu

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.

  • Author owns the copyright of the work and this submission has not been previously published, or you retain the copyright to create a new work from your previous publication (Provide explanation in Comments to the Editor).
  • Author agrees to the Author Guidelines, found on the Press website.
  • Author is a current or emeriti teaching faculty member at a SUNY campus.
  • Author agrees: Work will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ as an Open SUNY Textbook. Author retains copyright of their work.
  • Author agrees to complete 100% of the manuscript by 1/15/2015, and revise as needed during peer-review and copy editing to be completed by 6/1/2015
  • Proposal submission includes a brief 1-2 page cover letter detailing the following: textbook description, statement of purpose and scope, approach and key features, book outline, total pages, target readers, majors or courses for this textbook, and citation style used. Please include a brief evaluation that contrasts elements of the proposed textbook from other textbooks already available for teaching this course.
  • Proposal includes a brief abstract or summary, no more than 1 page that excludes any reference to the author or institution. This summary will be used for blind peer review during selection evaluation.
  • Proposal includes a CV or resume, including any citations for works previously published.
  • Proposal includes a previously published work, or if available, a sample chapter of proposed manuscript.

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For more information, please see Project Description  Questions, Suggestions, or Report an Issue, please contact: Cyril Oberlander, SUNY Geneseo, Library Director & PI for Open SUNY Textbooks: cyril@geneseo.edu