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Zea E-Books is the digital imprint of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Its mission is to publish academic works (books, journals, multimedia) by scholars who are either affiliated with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or are working in research areas of significant interest at UNL. Zea is a new venture, started late in the fall semester of 2010; it is a natural outgrowth of the successful UNL DigitalCommons institutional repository (http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/), an enterprise that has been publishing electronic books for five years.
Benefits to Publishing with Zea
Zea E-Books provides an innovative way for faculty to promote and disseminate their scholarly research. The imprint also helps foster the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's commitment to the future of scholarly communications.
Readership: As a digital imprint, Zea can support projects for any size readership. It aims to give a platform for scholars whose works might not meet the financial requirements for publication by a traditional press. The number of the potential audience is not a criterion.
Open Access: Works are published online in an open-access format; full texts are available for free to users worldwide. This ensures the widest possible dissemination of research. The UNL DigitalCommons is indexed by Google and Google Scholar and regularly provides downloads to users in more than 180 countries worldwide.
Preservation: The library is committed to maintaining permanent access to materials through the UNL DigitalCommons.
Publishing Schedule: Turnaround time (from manuscript review to acceptance to publication) is significantly quicker than that of a traditional press.
Style: Zea provides editing, design, and composition (typesetting) for works in a variety of sizes and formats.
ISBNs: All new works are assigned International Standard Book Numbers [prefix: 978-1-60962-] for both electronic and printed editions.
Call for Submissions
Zea E-Books welcomes book-length manuscript submissions, journal proposals, and multimedia proposals in all academic fields. You do not need to query us before submitting a proposal, however, if you wish to send a query, please contact either Paul Royster firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Ann Gardner email@example.com. Submissions should be prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style.
Zea E-Books publishes both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed works. Peer review of a manuscript is available at the author's request and may require a fee to defray the cost of reviewers. The suggested charge for peer review is $400, but that figure may be lower or higher, depending on the complexity of the manuscript being considered.
Editorial Advisory Board
The editorial advisory board, representing various fields of study, provides direction for the imprint, assists in policy development, and recommends potential titles.
Most titles will also be made available as print-on-demand publications. Income from these publications is split between the author and the UNL Libraries. Current publications available in this printed format can be seen at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/unllib
Works are published under a non-exclusive permission to publish agreement. The Publishing Agreement asks authors "to affirm that they are the creators and/or the holders of any proprietary rights in their work." Authors retain ownership of all rights to the work, including copyright, and may publish elsewhere without restrictions or limitation.
New & Forthcoming Titles
Rocky Mountain Birds: Birds and Birding in the Central and Northern Rockies by Paul Johnsgard
Musica mechanica organoedi / Musical mechanics for the organist by Jacob Adlung, translated by Quentin Faulkner
A Nebraska Bird-Finding Guide by Paul Johnsgard
The Wonders of the Invisible World by Cotton Mather, edited by Reiner Smolinski
Mathematics for Classical Information Retrieval by Dariush Alimohammadi
The Fish Doctor by Glenn Hoffman
De bestiis marinis, or, The Beasts of the Sea by Georg Wilhelm Steller
Hopi Nation: Essays on Indigenous Art, Culture, History, and Law edited by Edna Glenn, John R. Wunder, Willard Hughes Rollings, and C. L. Martin
Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology by Mary Ann Maggenti, Armand Maggenti, and Scott Gardner
The Constitutions of the Free-Masons by James Anderson, edited by Benjamin Franklin