Why Advanced Books?

The Advanced Books platform is launched by Pensoft to publish new books or re-publish such previously available in paper or PDF. To accelerate open access, data publishing, text mining and reuse, the books are published in semantically enhanced HTML and XML formats, as well as in PDF. Advanced Books uses the innovative ARPHA publishing platform for submission, manuscript management, production, hosting, dissemination, indexing and archiving.

How to Submit a Book for (Re-)Publication?

Books can be submitted through the online submission form in the following formats:

  • PDF and/or text file (e.g., MS Word, or rtf) (mandatory)
  • OCR-ed text (useful for books previously published in PDF or on paper )
  • XML (link to the XML schema used is highly desirable)

Books that have been published before should be submitted free of any copyright restriction that might be imposed by former publishers, and accompanying cover letter confirming that should be submitted with the book files.

Please contact Teodor Georgiev for technical questions, Pavel Stoev or Lyubomir Penev for any other issue.

Book Publication Charges

The book publication costs are as follows and include the core services listed below: 

Book size

Book Processing Charges

1 – 100 published pages €  35 / page
101 – 200 published pages €  30 / page
201 – 300 published pages €  25 / page
301 and more published pages By agreement 
Technical and copy editing by native English speakers (price per published page) [OPTIONAL] + €  10 / page
High-level English language editing by native English speakers (price per page of 1800 characters) [OPTIONAL]  + €  15 / page

Please note that the above prices do not include Value Added Tax (VAT). VAT is applicable only for VAT NON-registered customers based within the European Union.

Core services, included in the book publication charges:

  • Online submission and editorial management system and editorial assistance.
  • Personal attitude, technical support and fast reply to any inquiry coming from authors, editors or reviewers.
  • Book design and typesetting.
  • Semantig tagging and enhanncements  of the HTML version. Publication in semantically enhanced HTML and PDF.
  • Print-on-demand, full-color (no extra-charges for color), high-resolution hardcopy of reprints or whole issues.
  • Advanced data publishing workflows. 
  • Markup and visualization of all biological taxon names and taxon treatments in your work, if present.
  • Immediate free access to the book on the day of publication.
  • Copyright retained by the authors, articles distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license.
  • Immediate distribution and active dissemination and promotion through social bookmarking tools and social media.
  • Submission to scientific databases, indices and search engines.
  • Archiving in international repositories (CLOCKSS, Zenodo, Portico, and others, where relevant).
  • Bibliography search and discovery tool. 
  • Citation export in various formats.
  • Cited-by records statistics and display.
  • Article- and sub-article-level metrics (Altmetric, Dimensions, number of downloads separately for the PDF and HTML, usage stats for figures, tables and supplementary files, where relevant).

Please contact the editorial office for technical evaluation of the source materials and or any other question.

Open Access Policy

Advanced books provide immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

The content is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0):

Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0)

Anyone is free:

to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work 
to Remix — to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

Attribution. The original authors must be given credit. 

  • For any reuse or distribution, it must be made clear to others what the license terms of this work are. 
  • Any of these conditions can be waived if the copyright holders give permission. 
  • Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights.

Peer review

All books submitted for publication to Advanced books will go through peer-review by external experts. We support the open science approach in the peer review and publication process. We encourage our reviewers to open their identity to the authors and consider supporting the peer review oaths, which tend to be short declarations that reviewers make at the start of their written comments, typically dictating the terms by which they will conduct their reviews (see Aleksic et al. 2015, doi: 10.12688/f1000research.5686.2 for more details):

Principles of the open peer-review oath

Principle 1: I will sign my name to my review
Principle 2: I will review with integrity
Principle 3: I will treat the review as a discourse with you; in particular, I will provide constructive criticism
Principle 4: I will be an ambassador for the practice of open science

Science Communication

Authors are welcome to join forces with Pensoft’s and ARPHA’s PR team to communicate and promote their research papers, thereby further increasing the visibility and impact of their work.

While we use Advanced Books' social media channels (e.g. Twitter and Facebook) to post hand-crafted social media content for each article upon its publication, we offer a range of PR services in order to communicate especially significant scientific findings to a wider audience, such as: Custom social media content, Tailored PR campaign* and Guest blog post (details below).

Please contact our PR department at dissemination@pensoft.net and m.kolesnikova@pensoft.net to discuss the most suitable approach for your research. We look forward to hearing details about your study and why it should be considered of public interest.


Custom social media content (Free service)

Authors are welcome to propose custom social media content to be distributed via the Advanced Books' social media channels, regardless of whether they have already sought any other of our science communication services.

 Social media posts are expected to:

  • Be up to two sentences long or 280 characters (including links) for Twitter;

  • Be written in a conversational tone;

  • Contain minimal jargon;

  • Include the DOI link of the article;

  • Provide additional information about the study, which is not immediately evident in the text of the article (i.e. the post should not duplicate the title or the abstract);

  • Include attractive non-copyright imagery.

To further increase the outreach of the posts, we strongly suggest that you also send us up to 10 social media accounts (e.g. co-authors, affiliations, funding bodies etc.), relevant to the study.

Please note that our PR team reserves the right to edit your text at our discretion.

To request our Custom social media content service, contact our PR department at dissemination@pensoft.net and m.kolesnikova@pensoft.net.


Tailored PR campaign (Paid service*)

  • Press release issued via the global science news service Eurekalert! and others (e.g. CORDIS), where appropriate;

  • News announcement personally advertised to our own contacts from the world’s top-tier news media;

  • News announcement disseminated via the Advanced Books' and Pensoft’s social media channels;

  • Blog post issued on Pensoft’s blog (based on the announcement OR written by the author);

  • Additional social media content distributed via the Advanced Books' and Pensoft’s channels;

  • Tracking and sharing of third-party users’ online content concerning the study.

To ensure that we cover all key findings in our announcements, we encourage authors to prepare a brief press release draft using the template and guidelines provided.

Please note that our PR team reserves the right to edit your text at our discretion. No press announcements will be issued until we receive the author’s final approval to do so. The Tailored PR campaign service is only available for studies published within the past 3 months.

To request our Tailored PR campaign service, contact our PR department at dissemination@pensoft.net and m.kolesnikova@pensoft.net. Alternatively, select the service upon submitting your manuscript and we will be in touch once your paper is accepted for publication.

*The Tailored PR campaign is a paid extra service charged at EUR 150. However, we would be happy to consider discounts and even full waivers for studies of particular interest for science and society.




Pensoft’s PR campaigns regularly make the headlines in top-tier media. Below, you can find examples associated with studies from across the Advanced Books' portfolio:


Guest blog post (Free service)

  • Blog post written by the author of the study and issued on Pensoft’s blog;

  • Blog post disseminated via the Advanced Books' and Pensoft’s social media channels;

  • Additional social media content distributed via the Advanced Books' and Pensoft’s channels;

  • Tracking and sharing of third-party users’ online content concerning the study.

Blog post drafts are expected to:

  • Be written in free-text format;

  • Be written from the author’s own point of view, using conversational tone and minimal jargon;

  • Include at least one commentary quote from an author or a person relevant to the study;

  • Present some curious background information, meant to place the discovery in the right context;

  • Include attractive non-copyright imagery, featuring author attribution.

Guest blog posts are not necessarily associated with studies published in a set time period, as long as their content remains relevant.

Please note that our PR team reserves the right to edit your text at our discretion. No blog posts will be issued until we receive the author’s final approval to do so.

To request our Guest blog post service, contact our PR department at dissemination@pensoft.net and m.kolesnikova@pensoft.net.

Terms of Use

This document describes the Terms of Use of the services provided by the Advanced Books, hereinafter referred to as AB. All Users agree to these Terms of Use when signing up to AB. Signed AB Users will be hereinafter referred to as "User" or "Users".

The publication services to the AB are provided by Pensoft Publishers Ltd., through its publishing platform ARPHA, hereinafter referred to as "the Provider".

The Provider reserves the right to update the Terms of Use occasionally. Users will be notified via posting on the site and/or by email. If using the services of AB after such notice, the User will be deemed to have accepted the proposed modifications. If the User disagrees with the modifications, he/she should stop using the AB services. Users are advised to periodically check the Terms of Use for updates or revisions. Violation of any of the terms will result in the termination of the User's account. The Provider is not responsible for any content posted by the User in AB

Account Terms

  1. For registration in AB or any of the services or tools hosted on it, Users must provide their full legal name, a valid email address, postal address, affiliation (if any),  and any other information requested.
  2. Accounts created via AB automatically sign in the User to the ARPHA Platform.
  3. Users are responsible for maintaining the security of their account and password. AB cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage from failure to comply with this security obligation.
  4. Users are solely responsible for the content posted via the AB services (including, but not limited to data, text, files, information, usernames, images, graphics, photos, profiles, audio and video clips, sounds, applications, links and other content) and all activities that occur under their account.
  5. Users may not use the service for any illegal or unauthorised purpose. Users must not, in the use of the service, violate any laws within their jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright or trademark laws).
  6. Users can change or pseudonomyse their personal data, or deactivate their accounts at any time through the functionality available in the User’s personal profile. Deactivation or pseudonomysation will not affect the appearance of personal data in association with an already published work of which the User is author, co-author, editor, or reviewer.
  7. Users can report to the AB uses of their personal data, that they might consider not corresponding to the current Terms of Use.
  8. The User’s personal data is processed by AB on the legal basis corresponding to Article 6, paragraph 1, letters a, b, c and f. of the General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter referred to as GDPR) and will be used for the purpose of AB's services in accordance with the present Terms and Use, as well as in those cases expressly stated by the legislation.
  9. User’s consent to use the information AB has collected about the User corresponds to Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR.
  10. The ‘legitimate interest’ of AB to engage with the User and enable him/her to participate in AB’s activities and use AB's services correspond to Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR.

Services and Prices

The Provider reserves the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the services provided by AB. Plans and prices are subject to change upon 30 days notice from the Provider. Such notice may be provided at any time by posting the changes to the relevant service website.


The Authors retain full ownership to their content published in AB. We claim no intellectual property rights over the material provided by any User in AB. However, by setting pages to be viewed publicly (Open Access), the User agrees to allow others to view and download the relevant content. In addition, Open Access articles might be used by the Provider, or any other third party, for data mining purposes.

The Provider reserves the rights in its sole discretion to refuse or remove any content that is available via the Website.

Copyrighted Materials

Unless stated otherwise, the AB website may contain some copyrighted material (for example, logos and other proprietary information, including, without limitation, text, software, photos, video, graphics, music and sound - "Copyrighted Material"). The User may not copy, modify, alter, publish, transmit, distribute, display, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works or, in any way, exploit any of the Copyrighted Material, in whole or in part, without written permission from the copyright owner. Users will be solely liable for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights or any other harm resulting from such a submission.

Exceptions from this rule are e-chapters or e-articles published under Open Access (see below), which are normally published under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license (CC-BY), or Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (CC-BY), or Creative Commons Public Domain license (CC0).

Open Access Materials

AB is a supporter of open science. Open access to content is clearly marked, with text and/or the open access logo, on all materials published under this model. Unless otherwise stated, open access content is published in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence (CC-BY). This particular licence allows the copying, displaying and distribution of the content at no charge, provided that the author and source are credited.

Privacy Statement

  1. Users agree to submit their personal data to AB, hosted on the ARPHA Platform provided by Pensoft.
  2. AB collects personal information from Users (e.g., name, postal and email addresses, affiliation) only for the purpose of its services.
  3. All personal data will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of the website and will not be made available for any other purpose or to third parties.
  4. In the case of co-authorship of a work published through the AB services, each of the co-authors states that they agree that their personal data be collected, stored and used by AB.
  5. In the case of co-authorship, each of the co-authors agrees that their personal data publicly available in the form of a co-authorship of a published work, can be distributed to external indexing services and aggregators for the purpose of the widest possible distribution of the work they co-author.
  6. When one of the co-authors is not registered in AB, it is presumed that the corresponding author who is registered has requested and obtained his/her consent that his/her personal data will be collected, stored and used by AB.
  7. The registered co-author undertakes to provide an e-mail address of the unregistered author, to whom AB will send a message in order to give the unregistered co-author’s explicit consent for the processing of his/her personal data by AB.
  8. AB is not responsible if the provided e-mail of the unregistered co-author is inaccurate or invalid. In such cases, it is assumed that the processing of the personal data of the unregistered co-author is done on a legal basis and with a given consent.
  9. AB undertakes to collect, store and use the provided personal data of third parties (including but not limited to unregistered co-authors) solely for the purposes of the website, as well as in those cases expressly stated by the legislation.
  10. Users can receive emails from AB and its hosting platform ARPHA, provided by Pensoft, about activities they have given their consent for. Examples of such activities are:
    • Email notifications to authors, reviewers and editors who are engaged with authoring, reviewing or editing a manuscript submitted to AB.
    • Email alerts sent via email subscription service, which can happen only if the User has willingly subscribed for such a service. Unsubscription from the service can happen through a one-click link provided in each email alert notification.
    • Information emails on important changes in the system or in its Terms of Use which are sent via Mailchimp are provided with "Unsubscribe" function.
  11. Registered users can be invited to provide a peer review on manuscripts submitted to AB. In such cases, the users can decline the review invitation through a link available on the AB's website.
  12. Each provided peer review can be registered with external services (such as Clarivate, formerly Publons). The reviewer will be notified if such registration is going to occur and can decline the registration process.
  13. In case AB starts using personal data for purposes other than those specified in the Terms of Use, the AB undertakes to immediately inform the person and request his/her consent.
  14. If the person does not give his/her consent to the processing of his or her personal data pursuant to the preceding paragraph, AB shall cease the processing of the personal data for the purposes for which there is no consent, unless there is another legal basis for the processing.
  15. Users can change/correct their personal data anytime via the functionality available in the User’s profile. Users can request AB to correct their personal data if the data is inaccurate or outdated and AB is obliged to correct the inaccurate or outdated personal data in a timely manner.
  16. Users may request AB to restrict the use of their personal data insofar as this limitation is not contrary to the law or the Terms of Use.
  17. Users may request their personal data to be deleted (the right to be forgotten) by AB, provided that the deletion does not conflict with the law or the Terms of Use.
  18. The User has the right to be informed:
    • whether his or her personal data have been processed;
    • for which purposes AB processes the personal data;
    • the ways in which his/her personal data are processed;
    • the types of personal data that AB processes.
  19. The user undertakes not to interfere with and impede the AB’s activities in the exercise of the provided rights.
  20. In case of non-fulfillment under the previous paragraph, AB reserves the right to delete the user's profile.

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Neither Pensoft and its affiliates nor any of their respective employees, agents, third party content providers or licensors warrant that the AB service will be uninterrupted or error-free; nor do they give any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from use of AB, or as to the accuracy or reliability of any information, service or merchandise provided through AB.

Legal, medical, and health-related information located, identified or obtained through the use of the Service, is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for qualified advice from a professional.

In no event will the Provider, or any person or entity involved in creating, producing or distributing AB or the contents included therein, be liable in contract, in tort (including for its own negligence) or under any other legal theory (including strict liability) for any damages, including, but without limitation to, direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, consequential or similar damages, including, but without limitation to, lost profits or revenues, loss of use or similar economic loss, arising from the use of or inability to use the AB platform. The User hereby acknowledges that the provisions of this section will apply to all use of the content on AB. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to the User. In no event will Pensoft’s total liability to the User for all damages, losses or causes of action, whether in contract, tort (including own negligence) or under any other legal theory (including strict liability), exceed the amount paid by the User, if any, for accessing AB.

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