Quality criteria for books

The criteria for Libros REDIB books, including both formal nature and technical character, are gathered in mandatory, which are essential for the admission in the platform, and recommended, as a suggestion for improvement. All of them are aimed to the refinement and innovation of the procedures and technologies of the electronic edition of books.

The criteria for Libros REDIB books are gathered in three areas:

A. Editorial Policy: Those declarative and defining aspects that ensure the scientific and academic character of the editorial line, the publication of original and unpublished contents, which guarantee the essential editorial openness of authorship and evaluation.

B. Editorial Management: The editorial and technical requirement through the editorial policy is executed.

C. Books Presentation: The formal and technical aspects that ensure the access to the electronic edition of the books.

A. Criteria of Editorial Policy


A1.1 Accessible editorial web
The editorial must contain an independent proprietary web page, or easily distinguished inside an institutional web, where their line and editorial policy will be presented. The editorial web must be functional and user-friendly allowing an easy access to books and contents.
A1.2 Editor entity
The editorial web will provide specific information such as the editorial foundation year, the complete postal address and the heads of their main services or departments.
A1.3 Requirement of originality
The editorial must publish original contents resulted from research or investigation and must expressly clarify that requirement of originality in the works presented by the authors.
A1.4 System of arbitration
The proceeding employed for the evaluation of the originals, with clear specification of the estimated deadlines and the practices that will ensure the transparency and guarantees of the process must be featured.
A1.5 Collections
The books will preferably be published in defined collections. The number of books out of the collection must not surpass in any case those published in collections.
A1.6 Management of Collections
The collections must be assessed by a director and an editorial team, conformed by one or many organs, engaged by experts.
A1.7 Members of the collections editorial council
The name and forenames and the complete institutional filiation, including ORCID and institutional e-mails of the editorial team members of each collection, must be featured.


A2.1 Editorial Production
The continuous and regular publication of scientific and academic books from the past 5 years at least will be appreciated.
A2.2 Style Guide
The usage of a Style Guide of the own editorial or the explicit use of acknowledged editorial rules will be appreciated.
A2.3 Quality management
The implementation of a certified quality management system or the certification of editorial quality under the national regulations will be appreciated.
A2.4 Editorial openness of collections
It will be appreciated that at least a part of the editorial council members of each collection is external from the editorial entity.

B. Criteria of editorial management


B1.1 On-line catalogue
The editorial catalogue must be on the web page of the same editorial, and each title must have a differentiated URL. It is recommended the inclusion of a brief bibliographic review of the author/s, a resume and a monitoring of the obtained academic impact: reviews or even commentaries of renowned colleagues or the reports of evaluation.
An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) must be featured in books with a commercial distribution, in each of their formats (printed or digital). An ISBN will be assigned to the digital version of a printed version, unless the digital version is a free download version.
B1.3 Instructions to the authors
The regulations to authors about the presentation of originals must be published, and these must be clear, brief and adapted to the exposed indications.


B2.1 Provider of OAI-PMH data
The editorial has a provider of data based on the OAI-PMH protocol to the exportation of metadata of books in the Dublin Core format.
B2.2 Indexed Editorial
The editorial is indexed in one of the main directories, catalogues, virtual libraries, etc.
B2.3 Good Practice Guide
The editorial has a Good Practice Guide, in which are described the responsibilities of the same editorial, of the authors and evaluators and the guiding principles for the resolution of editorial conflicts of any nature.
B2.4 Anti-plagiarism tools
The editorial uses tools for the detection of plagiarism in any of their shapes.

C. Criteria for the presentation of books.


C1.1 Bibliographic data
In each volume there must be featured the complete title, the author/s, the entity/ies, the editorial, the locality, and the year of publication, and must be placed in the firsts inner pages. In such a case, it will be indicated the edition number. In serial volumes, the name and the serial number or collection must be indicated.
C1.2 Editor entity
The name of the entity or editorial entities, post addressing, country and web page, must be featured. The editorial logotype in its own will not be considered valid.
C1.3 Authorship
In each volume the authors of the prologue, the introduction, the main text or each chapter must be featured as the case may be. The translators or revisers that have contributed substantially to the realization of the book (either on the pages or the credits or the explicit note) must be featured also.
C1.4 Identification of the authors
The authors will be identified by their names, surnames, ORCID and their institutional affiliation and in their case, their mention of responsibility (coordinator, editor, etc.). When the work is not attributed to a concrete author, it shall comprise an identified institutional or corporative author (institute, university, etc.).
C1.5 Contents
The contents must be result of investigation works or original and unpublished academic studies. They must be well referenced and evaluated by experts before the publication.
C1.6 Index of contents
The volumes must present at least one summary or index of contents, appropriate to the characteristics and the organization of the text.
C1.7 Bibliography
The complete bibliographic references of every document quoted in the text must be included.
C1.8 Rights
The copyright of the contents, the legal text and the usage or reproduction instructions, where appropriate, and the expressed mention of other rights or usage conditions (free copy, Creative Commons licence, etc.) must be featured.
C1.9 Members of the editorial council of collections
In the serial volumes, the name, surnames and institutional filiation of the director and the members of the organs that conform the editorial team of the collection must be featured.
C1.10 Resume
In each volume the presentation of an editorial resume or an author and a brief biography of the authors must be featured.


C2.1 DOI
The books and book chapters have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) or similar.
In the books, the authors are identified by their ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) code.
C2.3 CIP
The cataloguing in publication (CIP) according to the established regulations will be appreciated.
C2.3 Other formats of electronic publication
The electronic publication of books in other formats aside PDF, such as ePub, HTML and XML will be appreciated.