How to Submit
SISP’s open access series — When ready for peer review, share your manuscript via Dropbox (or another file-transfer system) with scholarlypress @ si.edu. Scroll down to see “Required Materials.” For instructions on preparing your manuscript, refer to the SISP Manuscript Preparation Guide.
Atoll Research Bulletin — When ready for peer review, share your manuscript via Dropbox (or another file-transfer system) with scholarlypress @ si.edu. Follow the Atoll Research Bulletin Formatting Instructions to prepare your manuscript. Send inquiries (but do not submit) to ARBeditor @ si.edu. Submissions are not required to be affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.
Effective October 1, 2023, for all new submissions:
- Maximum pages (2.0/double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12 pt Times New Roman [incl. regular text, captions, tables, notes, references, appendixes and other backmatter]) = 500
- Maximum figure/art/image files (refers to number of files; multi-component figures already composed in a single file will count as 1) = 150
Who Is Eligible
SISP is an internal publishing program with eligibility limited to research conducted by Smithsonian researchers and about Smithsonian collections. To be eligible for consideration, a manuscript must be based on research conducted at or with the Smithsonian Institution as part of employment or other affiliation as specified below.
- Current Smithsonian employees
- Former Smithsonian employees with official Emeritus designation
- Designation letter must accompany submission.
- Fellows and Research Associates
- Appointments must be registered/awarded through Office of Fellowships.
- Letter of endorsement from supervisor of appointment/fellowship must accompany submission.
- Fellow may submit a complete manuscript no more than 5 (five) years after end of fellowship, and manuscript must be a result of the research for which the applicable fellowship was awarded.
- Visiting Scholars/Scientists (current and former) may submit only as co-author with current SI-employed scholar(s).
Criteria for Submission
- Text and figure selection complete prior to peer review.
- Authored by at least one eligible scholar. (See “Who Is Eligible”)
- Scholarly content based on sound research.
- Directly related to Smithsonian research and/or collections.
- Smithsonian Employee: research conducted by Smithsonian employee as part of official duties.
- Smithsonian Emeritus: research conducted as part of official duties as Smithsonian employee and continued or finalized after retirement and Emeritus designation.
- Smithsonian Fellow or Research Associate: preponderance of content must be from research conducted under academic appointment at Smithsonian.
- Research must be original (i.e., not previously published).
- For proceedings, symposium must be officially sponsored by Smithsonian and volume must include SI researchers as editors and contributors.
Required Materials for a Proposal (optional)
- SISP New Submission Form
- Table of contents (include major headings and estimated page counts for each section/chapter)
- Abstracts (if edited collection) or sample text (prefer preface/introduction + up to 20 pages of first chapter/paper)
- If applicable, letter of endorsement from appointment/fellowship supervisor. (See “Who is Eligible”)
Required Materials for a Manuscript
For Peer Review
- Completed SISP New Submission Form (if you submitted a proposal, send an updated form)
- One of the following:
- Text and graphics combined – A single PDF (or MS Word document) that includes the complete text (double spaced) and all figures and tables, each inserted following an in-text callout.
- Text and graphics separated – A single MS Word document that includes the complete text (double-spaced, 1-inch margins), including tables and in-text callouts **and** a single PDF of all figures in sequential order (recommend 4 per page; visual reference only, not for quality or sizing).
- If applicable, letter of endorsement from appointment/fellowship supervisor. (See “Who is Eligible” above.)
Post-Peer Review, Revised Manuscript
- Monograph = Text in a single MS Word document (includes frontmatter, main text, and backmatter).
- Edited collection = Each of the following in a separate MS Word document: frontmatter (title page, table of contents, preface, introduction, etc.); each paper (with references and figure captions at end).
- Tables, numbered and titled, in one or more separate MS Word file(s).
- Each figure in a separate TIF file at high resolution and size appropriate for print-reproduction. (See SISP’s Digital Art Preparation Guide)
- Permissions that properly license reproduction rights for figures/images/materials owned by third parties. (See Permissions)
For more information, email SISP.