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.
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.