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Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope
Formal conditions of acceptance
Peer Review Process
Appendixes and Explanatory notes

Focus and Scope
As a publisher INDERSCIENCE has over 25 years experience of journal publishing and pioneering ground breaking new journals.

Our philosophy is to map new frontiers in emerging and developing technologies areas in research, industry and governance, and to link with centres of excellence world-wide to provide authoritative coverage and references in focused and specialist fields.

Our goal is to foster and promote innovative thinking in the sciences, management, and policy fields. We see the need for synergy and collaboration between these fields rather than segmentation and isolation. Hence, our objectives are to build new links, networks and collaborations between these communities of thinkers in order to stimulate and enhance creative and application-oriented problem solving for society.

For example, our groundbreaking International Journal of Technology Management which played a major role in coining the term 'Technology Management' is a past winner of the prestigious ANBAR Golden Page Award.

Our continued success lies in bringing together and establishing channels of communication between leading policy-makers and prominent experts in industry, commerce and related businesses as well as renowned academic and research institutions to facilitate solutions to address the key issues of the day.

INDERSCIENCE prides itself in ensuring the high quality and professional standards expected of its journals through pursuing a full double-blind refereeing process for ALL papers.

Formal conditions of acceptance
  • Papers will only be published in English.
  • Each typescript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been submitted for publication elsewhere in English.
  • Previous presentation at a conference, or publication in another language, should be disclosed.
  • All papers are refereed, and the Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to refuse any typescript, whether on invitation or otherwise, and to make suggestions and/or modifications before publication.
  • Typescripts which have been accepted become the property of the publisher. It is a condition of acceptance that copyright shall be vested in the publisher. Click here for the Assignment of Copyright statement.
  • The publisher shall furnish authors of accepted papers with proofs for the correction of printing errors. The proofs shall be returned within 14 calendar days of submittal. The publishers shall not be held responsible for errors which are the result of authors' oversights.
Peer Review Process

Appendix 1 : Sample Cover Letter/E-mail [the example used is the IJEB]
January 1, 2004

Dear Editor of the [please type in journal title or acronym]:

Enclosed is a paper, entitled "Mobile Agents for Network Management." Please accept it as a candidate for publication in the [journal title]. Below are our responses to your submission requirements.

1. Title and the central theme of the article.

Paper title: "Mobile Agents for Network Management." This study reviews the concepts of mobile agents and distributed network management system. It proposes a mobile agent-based implementation framework and creates a prototype system to demonstrate the superior performance of a mobile agent-based network over the conventional client-server architecture in a large network environment.

2. Which subject/theme of the Journal the material fits

  • New enabling technologies (if no matching subject/theme, enter 'Subject highly related to [subject of journal] but not listed by [please type in journal title or acronym])

3. Why the material is important in its field and why the material should be published in [please type in journal title or acronym]?

The necessity of having an effective computer network is rapidly growing alongside the implementation of information technology. Finding an appropriate network management system
has become increasingly important today's distributed environment. However, the conventional centralized architecture, which routinely requests the status information of local units by the central server, is not sufficient to manage the growing requests. Recently, a new framework that uses mobile
agent technology to assist the distributed management has emerged. The mobile agent reduces network traffic, distributes management tasks, and improves operational performance. Given today's bandwidth demand over the Internet, it is important for the [journal title/acronym] readers
to understand this technology and its benefits. This study gives a real-life example of how to use mobile agents for distributed network management. It is the first in the literature that reports the analysis of network performance based on an operational prototype of mobile agent-based distributed
network. We strongly believe the contribution of this study warrants its publication in the [journal title/acronym].

4. Names, addresses, and email addresses of four expert referees.
  • Prof. Dr. William Gates
    Chair Professor of Information Technology
    321 Johnson Hall
    Premier University Lancaster, NY 00012-6666, USA
    phone: +1-888-888-8888 - fax: +1-888-888-8886 e-mail:
    Expertise: published a related paper ("TCP/IP and OSI: Four Strategies for Interconnection") in CACM, 38(3), pp. 188-198.
    Relationship: I met Dr. Gate only once at a conference in 1999. I didn't know him personally.
  • Assoc Prof. Dr. John Adams
    Director of Network Research Center
    College of Business Australian University
    123, Harbor Drive Sydney,
    Australia 56789
    phone: +61-8-8888-8888 - fax: +61-8-8888-8886
    Expertise: published a related paper ("Creating Mobile Agents") in IEEE TOSE, 18(8), pp. 88-98.
    Relationship: None. I have never met Dr. Adams.
  • Assoc Prof. Dr. Chia-Ho Chen
    Chair of MIS Department
    College of Management 
    Open University
    888, Putong Road 
    Keelung, Taiwan 100 
    phone: +886-2-8888-8888  - fax: +886-2-8888-8886
    Expertise: published a related paper ("Network Management for E-Commerce") in IJ Electronic Business, 1(4), pp. 18-28.
    Relationship: Former professor, dissertation chairman.
  • Mr. Frank Young
    Partner, ABC Consulting
    888, Seashore Highway
    Won Kok, Kowloon
    Hong Kong 
    phone: +852-8888-8888  - fax: +852-8888-8886
    Expertise: Mr. Young provides consulting services extensively to his clients regarding network management practices.
    Relationship: I have worked with Mr. Young in several consulting projects in the past three years.

Finally, this paper is our original unpublished work and it has not been submitted to any other journal for reviews.


Johnny Smith

Appendix 2 : Author Agreement
Please print out this Author Agreement. Read the explanatory notes at the end, fill in, sign and send this form together with the paper manuscript of your Article. The address to send it to is: Editorial Office, Inderscience Publishers, PO Box 735, Olney, Bucks MK46 5WB, UK. This Agreement comes into effect if your Article is accepted for publication.

So that we can ensure both the widest dissemination and protection of material published in Inderscience's journals, we ask authors to assign world-wide copyright in both print and other media in their papers, including abstracts, to Inderscience. This enables us to ensure copyright protection against infringement, and to disseminate your article, and our journals, as widely as possible.

Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, trading as Inderscience Publishers, of World Trade Center Building, 29 Route de Pre-Bois, (Case Postale 896) CH-1215 Geneve 15, Switzerland ("Inderscience")

1. In consideration of the undertaking set out in paragraph 2, and upon acceptance by Inderscience for publication in the Journal, the Author as beneficial owner hereby assigns to Inderscience the copyright in the Article entitled:


by _________________________________________________________________

to be published in __________________________________________('the Journal')

for the full legal term of copyright. This assignment includes the right to publish (subject to paragraphs 3 and 4) the material in the article in electronic form; the Article may be published in printed, online, CD-ROM, microfiche or in other form.

2. Inderscience hereby undertakes to prepare and publish the Article named in paragraph 1 in the Journal.

3. The Editor of the Journal and Inderscience are empowered to make such editorial changes as may be necessary to make the Article suitable for publication. Every effort will be made to consult the Author if substantive changes are required.>/p>

4. The Author hereby asserts his/her moral rights under the UK Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the Author of the Article.

5. The Author warrants that the Article is the Author's original work, has not been published before, and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere; and that the Article contains no libellous or unlawful statements and that it in no way infringes the rights of others, and that the Author, as the owner of the copyright, is entitled to make this assignment.

6. If the Article was prepared jointly by more than one author, the Author warrants that he/she has been authorised by all co-authors to sign this agreement on their behalf.

Signed by the Author _____________________________________

Date ____________________

Inderscience's policy is to acquire copyright for all contributions, for the following reasons:

a. ownership of copyright by a central organisation helps to nsure maximum international protection against infringement;
b. requests for permission to reproduce articles in books, course packs, electronic reserve or for library loan can be handled efficiently and with sensitivity to changing library and reader needs. This relieves authors of a time-consuming and costly administrative burden.
c. the demand for research literature to be delivered in electronic form can be met efficiently, with proper safeguards for authors, editors and journal owners.

There are opportunities to reach institutions (e.g., companies, schools and public libraries) and individual readers that are unlikely to subscribe to the printed journal. Inderscience works with other organisations to publish its journals online, and to deliver copies of individual articles. It has also registered the Journal with the Copyright Licensing Agency, which offers centralised licensing arrangements for digital copying and photocopying around the world. Income received from all of these sources is used to further the interests of the Journal.

Once accepted for publication, your Article will be published in the Journal, and will be stored and distributed electronically, in order to meet increasing library and faculty demand, and to deliver it as an individual article copy or as part of a larger collection of articles to meet the specific requirements of a particular market. Assignment of copyright signifies agreement to Inderscience making such arrangements.

It may be that the Author is not able to make the assignment solely by him- or herself:

a. If it is appropriate, the Author’s employer may sign this agreement. The employer may reserve the right to use the Article for internal or promotional purposes (by indicating on this agreement) and reserve all rights other than copyright.

b. If the Author is a UK Government employee, the Government will grant a non-exclusive licence to publish the Article in the Journal in any medium or form provided that Crown Copyright and user rights (including patent rights) are reserved.

c. If the Author is a US Government employee and the work was done in that capacity, the assignment applies only to the extent allowed by US law.

Under the UK’s Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988, the Author has the moral right to be identified as the author wherever the Article is published, and to object to its derogatory treatment or distortion. Inderscience encourages assertion of this right, as it represents best publishing practice and is an important safeguard for all authors. Clause 4 asserts the Author’s moral rights, as required by the Act.

The Journal will permit the Author to use the Article elsewhere after publication, including posting it on the author’s personal web pages, in other works or for the purposes of the Author’s teaching and research, provided acknowledgement is given to the Journal as the original source of publication.

Thank you for reading these notes. This assignment will enable Inderscience to ensure that the Article will reach the optimum readership.

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