Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Authors


Semantic Books publishes scientific books in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Medicine, Engineering, Computer Sciences, Social Sciences and Mathematics. Semantic Books publishes clearly written, high-quality scientific material to help readers both understand basic concepts and learn about state-of-the-art research. The Semantic Books audience is composed of students, academic professionals, peer scientists and the general public.


  • Semantic Books pays authors royalties (up to 90%) for each book chapter copy sold.
  • Semantic Books takes is responsible for editing, formatting, publishing, selling and advertising of your book chapter across several networks.
  • Semantic Books can process, edit, revise and publish your book chapter in as little as 8 weeks.
  • Semantic Books offers authors the assistance of English Language experts.
  • Semantic Books published content is sold online in PDF, EPUB and HTML formats. Printed content is also available upon request.


  • All authors are invited to carefully proofread their manuscripts for grammar, characters, symbols, Greek letters, equations, tables and images before submission.
  • All manuscripts are to be submitted as a single Word file containing text, figures, tables and references.
  • Manuscripts are to be submitted online using this form or emailed directly to the editor using this address.
  • Manuscripts are to be submitted by one of the corresponding authors of the manuscript along with a copyright transfer form.
  • Any inquiry about manuscript submission should be sent to this address.


Semantic Books and its editorial board strive to publish high quality scientific literature. As such, each submitted manuscript is peer-reviewed for content by at least two editorial board members. Upon review, editorial board members may request up to two consecutive revisions before releasing the manuscript for publication. In addition, we reserve the right to reject manuscripts containing instances of plagiarism and or copyright/license infringement. Current Editorial Board members are listed here.


Semantic Books typically publishes single original book chapters between 2000 and 6000 words in length. Manuscripts with a word count outside this range are considered on a case-by-case basis. Cited references must be less than 10 years old and should not exceed a total of 60 references. Book chapters are published as single chapters or as part of a multi-author book. Semantic Books also publishes single-author-books. These are typically 10 chapters in a book. Furthermore, Semantic Books is now accepting original research articles, reviews, case studies and conference proceedings.


Although Semantic Books would like to give authors as much freedom as possible to compose their manuscripts, authors should pay attention to the requirements that follow:

  • All manuscripts must be written in scientific English that flows naturally and logically. To avoid going through several rounds of revision, we highly recommend that authors use clear and short sentences that are straight to the point. Description of experiments and experimental results must always be in the third person and in the past tense (i.e. solutions were prepared and data were collected). All pages must be numbered sequentially.
  • The manuscript style must be uniform throughout the text and uses 12 point Times New Roman fonts with double spacing.
  • If needed, Semantic Books can provide professional assistance to authors who want to improve their manuscripts.

Manuscript Sections

All manuscripts should be divided into the following sections:

    • Title page (page 1)
    • Abstract and Keywords (page 2)
    • Introduction
    • Structured Body Text
    • Conclusion
    • Acknowledgements
    • References

Title Page

The title should accurately describe the manuscript’s content in no longer than 120 characters. Abbreviation, question marks and exclamation point must be avoided. Titles must be in CAPITAL LETTERS. Title page should be organized as follows:

  • Title
  • Running title
  • List of Author(s) with an asterisk highlighting the corresponding author
  • Authors’ affiliation(s)


The abstract is 250-word (maximum) summary of the manuscript that is clear, concise and accurate. No sub-headings, references or abbreviations are allowed in the abstract.


6 to 10 relevant keywords should be provided.

Text Organization


Introduction should provide the reader will all needed background information and introduce the aim and the structure of the manuscript in a clear and logical fashion.

Main Text

The main text should begin on a separate page and should be divided into separate sections. Sections should be numbered in Arabic numerals (1., 2., etc.). Sub-sections should be numbered similarly (1.1, 1.2, etc.).


A concise and accurate summary of the manuscript with suggestions for further studies, work, etc.


Anyone (individual/company/institution) who has substantially contributed to the drafting or revising the manuscript must be acknowledged.


Cited references must be less than 10 years old and should not exceed a total of 50 references.

All references should be numbered sequentially [in square brackets] in the text and listed in the same numerical order in the reference section. Semantic Learning uses the ACS style for formatting references:

Journal Reference:

  • [1]  Banner, D.W., Harvary, P. Crystallographic analysis at 3.0-A resolution of the binding to human thrombin of four active site-directed inhibitors. J. Biol.Chem., 1991, 266, 20085-20093.

Book Reference:

  • [2]  Crabtree, R.H. The Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals, 3rd ed.; Wiley & Sons: New York, 2001.

Book Chapter Reference:

  • [3]  Wheeler, D.M.S., Wheeler, M.M. In Studies in Natural Products Chemistry; Atta-ur-Rahman, Ed.; Elsevier Science B. V: Amsterdam, 1994; Vol. 14, pp. 3-46.

Conference Proceedings:

  • [4]  Jakeman, D.L., Withers, S.G. E. In Carbohydrate Bioengineering: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Proceedings of the 4th Carbohydrate Bioengineering Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, June 10-13, 2001, Teeri, T.T., Svensson, B., Gilbert, H.J., Feizi, T., Eds., Royal Society of Chemistry: Cambridge, UK, 2002; pp. 3-8.

URL (Web Page):

  • [5]  National Library of Medicine. Specialized Information Services: Toxicology and Environmental Health. (accessed May 23, 2004).


  • [6]  Hoch, J.A., Huang, S. Screening methods for the identification of novel antibiotics. U.S. Patent 6,043,045, March 28, 2000.


  • [7]  Kirby, C.W. Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2000.


  • [8]  Citations for articles/material published exclusively online or in open access (free-to-view) , must contain the exact Web addresses (URLs) at the end of the reference(s), except those posted on an author’s Web site unless editorially essential, e.g. ‘Reference: Available from: URL’.


All figures and illustrations must be embedded in the original manuscript. High-resolution figures may be solicited at a later stage in the peer-review process.


Published/reproduced material should not be included unless you have obtained written permission from the copyright holder.


On all sales by Semantic Learning Systems of electronic copies of book chapters, Semantic Learning Systems will pay the corresponding author a royalty of up to 90% of the net payments Semantic Learning Systems receives from the sale of the author’s book chapter. Royalty payment schedule can be found in the table listed below. Book chapters can be sold individually or as part of a book. If sold as part of a book, each book chapter’s sale price will correspond to one tenth of the sale price of the whole book. No amount will be paid on book chapter copies provided free of charge. Royalty payment is determined annually and paid in US dollars by December 31st of each year. Royalty payments are sent electronically to the corresponding author via PayPal. For book chapters written by multiple authors, it is up to the corresponding author to decide the  sharing schedule of the paid royalties among the multiple authors. Semantic Books is responsible of reviewing, revising, producing, publishing and promoting the material provided by the book chapters’ original authors. To cover incurred costs, we charge a one-time publication fee per manuscript. Once the chapter is accepted for publication, the author will receive an electronic invoice via email. The publication fees schedule is shown in the following table.

Publication Fees (USD)Royalty Payment (%)

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