1. Can you say a few words about Springer/Birkhäuser’s portfolio?
There are about 150 book series covering all areas in pure and applied mathematics. These are either general (covering all areas), or subject specific.
Among the most common book formats are research monographs ranging from 150 pages to more than 500, graduate or undergraduate textbooks, contributed volumes collecting articles by various authors on a certain topic, conference proceedings. Also, we publish SpringerBriefs - cutting edge research “too long for a journal article but too short for a book”. We also encourage suggestions for major reference works and handbooks.
Birkhäuser is an imprint of Springer and includes particular book series, known for their green color book covers.
2. What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about writing a book? Is there anything I should think about in the early stages?
Many authors are surprised by the conversations we have about audience. It is easy to want to write your book for as broad an audience as possible. However, successful books are rarely written with this aim in mind. It is important to write for a defined primary readership; clarity and unification are what can extend a book's appeal to others groups.
3. What are the advantages of publishing with SpringerNature?
Dissemination and marketing, as well as a well-established and prestigious mathematics program. SpringerNature is the largest science publisher and most libraries have access to SpringerNature books and the mathematics eBook package. Springer is widely present through targeted marketing initiatives. Aside from making available your book in various formats (print, various electronic formats), we are pioneers in Open Access.
4. What criteria must a book meet to be published with Springer Mathematics?
The content has to be relevant to the research community or those teaching mathematics. The material should offer new perspectives or results, and the presentation be appropriate for the stated audience. Ask yourself: what is the story you want to tell, to whom, and why? What assumptions can you make about your readers’ existing knowledge? Once your editor has assessed the manuscript, it will be peer-reviewed, and for inclusion in a book series, it has to be accepted by the series editors, following a further evaluation.
5. At what time in my career should I think about writing a book?
A book can stem from various academic activities: a textbook from use in classroom, a contributed volume from a collaboration between researchers, a monograph from a particular research grant. The right time to write a book can occur at many different times in your career.
6. Who should I contact if I have a concrete book idea?
If you have a specific book series in mind, you may submit to the responsible editor directly. Otherwise, take a look at our book editor profiles to learn more about our portfolios; please submit to one editor only. If you are not sure who is the right contact for you, you may send your proposal to an Editorial Director who will then put you in touch with an editor in your area. In any case we will make sure that your proposal finds its best possible home.
7. Can I contact multiple publishers about the same book?
Concurrent submission is not prohibited for books in the same way as for journal articles. However, if you are considering concurrent submission, please raise this topic with your editor before making a formal submission to any publisher.
8. Do I need to use the Springer LaTeX macros to prepare my manuscript?
It is optional to prepare your manuscript using the Springer macro package. However, using this template will give you a good idea of the look, feel, and length of the published book. We offer some opportunities to publish a book in your own custom layout; please consult with your editor early to learn about the specifics and limitations.
9. What material do I need to provide to start the discussion with a publishing editor?
Different authors would start a discussion at different times. However, a preface explaining the motivation and the audience, a tentative table of contents, and ideally a sample chapter would typically be needed for a primary assessment. Some authors prefer to submit once the manuscript is near completion.