Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are Shipping Charges so expensive?

Shipping rates have unfortunately increased over time due to inflation and increased labor and material costs. The COVID-19 pandemic also disrupted the US and global supply chain in multiple ways, causing shipping costs to rise exponentially. Starting on January 21st 2024, the USPS shipping prices also increased.

I would like to contribute to one of your forthcoming books. Whom should I email regarding my topic proposal?

Please email You may also fill out our Book Idea Form or, if you would like to submit a chapter, our Abstract Submission Form.

To which address do I submit my abstract or chapter submission?

If you received an invitation from us, please submit your abstract or chapter to You can also use our online form.

Are NOVA’s authors and researchers assigned ORCID IDs?

Nova’s authors and editors provide their ORCID IDs when they submit their book for publication. This unique ID helps distinguish an author from every other researcher with the same or a similar name. Nova assigns the ORCID ID when it is created and also adds it to their book’s listing on their website, as well as on their Author/Editor pages.

See below for an example of some of the books that have an ORCID ID:



What is NOVA’s preferred style guide?

Chicago Manual Style is our preferred style but we do accept other styles.

How many free copies am I entitled to as an Author/Editor?

Book editors/authors are each entitled and will receive free access to electronic versions of their book(s). Depending on the contract, the Editor/Author may also be entitled to free print copies. Please check the contract to determine if you are entitled to free print copies. Thank you.

How long should my abstract be?

Abstracts for consideration should be between 150 to 300 words.

When should I expect my royalty statement?

As promised in the contract, “An annual accounting of sales shall be made by the Publisher after 24 (twenty four) months from the publication date and each year thereafter.” Please note that it also takes some time for academic books such as ours to reach all the intended markets (hence why we usually provide the first royalty report after 24 months).

Kindly note, our standard sales reporting policies have been put in place because experience has shown accurate sales information is not typically available within the first 24 months after a book is published. This is due in part to the structure of our cooperation with booksellers. The majority of our booksellers have 6-12 months to return shipped orders, and orders may be cancelled at any time. Furthermore, orders may take a considerable amount of time from order placement to payment, fulfillment, etc. As a result, the preliminary sales information is not accurate.

If 24 months passed since the book’s publication date and you still did not receive your royalty statement, please contact Stella Mottola at Thank you.

WorldCat shows my book is listed in many libraries. Why is this not reflected in my royalty statement?

Our books are available in many libraries globally. Some authors, as well as publishers,  use WorldCat to reference libraries in which a book can be found. But the fact that a book can be found in several libraries does not necessarily relate to sales. We work with many libraries in different inter-library loan programs. In addition, as experience has shown, WorldCat figures are not always accurate. The catalog depends on librarians accurately uploading and maintaining their holdings’ data on the WorldCat system. If you are using WorldCat as a reference, please keep in mind:

1. Sometimes librarians report holdings they do not have.

2. Big university systems like the University of California might buy one copy of a book and share it among the other libraries in the UC system.

3. If the book is part of a subscription package curated and offered by EBSCO, ProQuest, etc., that would also account for one copy of the book showing holdings among multiple libraries.

4. By default, WorldCat shows holdings based on an algorithm they use to make an “FRBRized workset” which inflates the list of holdings.

As always, you are welcome to contact the libraries directly to verify holdings.

Does NOVA publish books in the public domain?

Due to significant market interest, a small percentage of NOVA books have material or chapters that are taken from the public domain (i.e. free material). These books are under an imprint called SNOVA which is easily recognizable on the cover of every book. An example of such a book can be found here: The majority of NOVA books do not include public domain material.

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