Before submitting a book proposal, study the submission guidelines. Find out more about proposal subject areas and learn about the sources or primary texts to be published. Understand the peer review process.
Each EOS project in the Edition Open Sources series is centered on one or more critical editions of primary sources, including both historical commentary by the author as well as facsimile and transcribed primary sources (see Book Structure and Published Formats).
Before submitting a proposal, authors should contact EOS to check on the availability of primary source texts. All primary sources in EOS must be published under an open access license (see About the Sources and Terms of Publication).
The University of Oklahoma Libraries and the Library of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science grant permission to use all primary source works held in their rare book collections for EOS publications. Works not held by these two institutions will have to be provided from other libraries. Potential authors will work with EOS editors to locate these works at institutions which will grant permission to publish primary sources under the required open access license.
Each book proposal should contain the following information:
Please submit your book proposal in a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposals are welcomed across a wide range of subject areas, spanning the fields of science, technology and medicine. A project may involve a single source or several sources in combination.
We particularly welcome proposals to publish sources meeting any of the following criteria:
Before a source may be published in Edition Open Sources, high-resolution color facsimile images of the work must be available, cover to cover, with an Open Access license (see Terms of Publication). Sources must not be under copyright, which generally means that they were published before 1925 or they are provided by an open access library or archive. Any work held by the libraries of either host institution is eligible for consideration and may be digitized by the host library for the EOS scholar. Sources held at other institutions may be published in EOS only if a formal agreement is provided granting open access terms for hosting the images, and assuming the images are provided in high enough quality. (See Proposal Subject Areas and Published Formats.)
All historical sources owned by the Library of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science are eligible for publication in Edition Open Sources.
For assistance in locating sources and obtaining suitable images from the MPIWG, consult with the Head of the Library, Esther Chen email@example.com and the Library of the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.
On the basis of the ongoing research projects at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the following sources are suggested:
Any pre-copyright work held by the University of Oklahoma Libraries History of Science Collections is eligible for publication in Edition Open Sources. The breadth of holdings may be illustrated by searching the catalog for any edition of figures such as Johannes de Sacrobosco, Georgius Agricola, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Christopher Clavius, Galileo Galilei, Francesco Hernandez, René Descartes, Nicolaus Steno, Nicolas Desmarest, or William Smith, for example.
For assistance in locating sources and obtaining suitable images from OU Libraries, consult with Dr. Melissa Rickman, Edition Open Sources Manager and Registrar of the History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries (firstname.lastname@example.org). To search the OU Libraries catalog for works held by the History of Science Collections, go to University of Oklahoma Libraries and click the link for "Discover Local."
Edition Open Sources follows a double-blind to open peer review process. This means that review begins with a standard double-blind practice. If the manuscript is accepted, all of the review correspondence, including the author responses, are published openly as a separate document on the EOS website at the time of publication of the book.
After submission, each book proposal is relayed to two reviewers. The review process will result in a determination of one of three outcomes: accept (with or without revisions), revise and resubmit, or reject. Those projects designated as "revise and resubmit" will be given a fixed period of time for resubmission. These submissions will be sent again to the same reviewers. Accepted manuscripts move directly into the editorial workflow, and undergo a final editorial review before publication.