Publishing Your Book with SIAM

Chapter 1


Welcome to your guide to SIAM’s book publishing program. SIAM is committed to publishing high-quality books of interest to our members and the scientific community at affordable prices. Could one of our next books be yours? We invite you to peruse the handbook to learn more about the services we provide to our authors and how you and our readers might benefit when you publish your work with SIAM.

1.1     Why Publish With SIAM?

We understand that there are many factors that authors consider when choosing a publisher. Below is a list of key features of our book publishing program that we believe our past and potential authors find attractive.

1.1.1   Support of Your Profession

When you publish with SIAM, you support your profession by championing the following goals of our book publishing program:
•              To advance the application of mathematics to science and industry
•              To provide media for the exchange of information and ideas among mathematicians, engineers, and scientists
•              To illustrate the continuing integrated roles of mathematical, scientific, and computational investigation
•              To influence and support education in applied mathematics and computational science
•              To promote mathematical research that could lead to effective new methods and techniques for science and industry

1.1.2   Worldwide Distribution and Aggressive Marketing

As an international society with over 14,000 members and with contacts among book buyers and conference attendees, we have opportunities to market our books to more than 110,000 individuals worldwide. We also use outside publications and mailing lists and have cooperative arrangements for marketing our products to other societies around the world.

Our contracted book authors are invited to offer their suggestions for other avenues through which we can market their books to potential readers, and we strive to accommodate these requests to reach the widest readership possible.

1.1.3   Web Site

SIAM’s Web site makes our full book catalog available to potential customers, with a shopping cart feature to make purchasing books quick and easy. All credit card orders placed via our Web site are processed through our secure server.

Our Web site also has easy-to-navigate sections dedicated to featuring new books and informing potential readers about forthcoming volumes.

1.1.4  e-book Program

SIAM’s e-book program has increased the exposure and readership of our books. Librarians, authors, and book buyers all benefit from increased access to SIAM content.

1.1.5   Distribution

Our entire inventory of books is housed on site, so orders from customers in North America can be shipped from our offices within three business days of receipt. SIAM books also can be ordered through e-retailers such as and Barnes & SIAM member and non-member customers who live outside of North America can order books locally through Cambridge University Press to take advantage of lower shipping fees, pay in local currency, and receive their books more quickly.

1.1.6   Extended Shelf Life

SIAM’s policy is to keep all books, with the exception of proceedings, in print until they are replaced by updated editions. This means that your book will remain available to readers indefinitely, not just for a few years. Should this policy ever change and your book were to go out of print, all publishing rights to the book would automatically revert to you.

1.1.7   Affordable Pricing

Choosing to publish with SIAM means offering readers access to your book for a reasonable price. SIAM is dedicated to pricing books affordably for individuals in the mathematical, computational science, statistical, scientific, and engineering communities.

All SIAM books are offered at three prices: a list price for nonmembers, a 20% discount for nonmembers who attend conferences where SIAM books are exhibited, and a 30% discount for members.

1.1.8   A High Level of Quality Control

All SIAM books, except for camera-ready proceedings, are edited by experienced copy editors who are familiar with mathematical notation. Our editorial staff also proofreads books after copyediting, and our authors receive a set of proofs to review. The copyediting and proofreading stages of production help to ensure that the published book will be free of inconsistencies in format, grammar, and punctuation.

1.1.9   Flexibility

Our staff is well versed in LaTeX and other systems and works with authors to accommodate individual needs such as special formatting or graphics. We understand that each book is unique, and we pay careful attention to each author’s specific preferences.

1.1.10   Special Assistance

SIAM’s acquisitions and publications staff prides itself on giving each book we publish the individual attention it deserves. As one of our authors, you will get to know several of our staff by name as they guide your book from submission to final product, answering all your questions along the way.

1.1.11   Author Royalties, Complimentary Copies, and Discounts

SIAM offers competitive author royalties, while guaranteeing a reasonable selling price for the book.

If they choose, authors have the option of donating all or part of their royalties to the SIAM Student Travel Fund, which covers travel expenses to SIAM meetings and conferences for several students each year.

In addition to royalties, authors also receive a number of complimentary copies of their books for personal and promotional use. If authors want or need more copies of their book, they can purchase them at a 40% discount off SIAM’s list price.


1.2       SIAM’s Book Series

SIAM offers a choice of 15 book series, 11 of which are active. Each series’ Web site contains descriptions, the editorial boards, and listings of books already published in that series. You should consult the book series description to determine the appropriate acquisitions editor to send your proposal to.

Advances in Design and Control (DC)
Editor-in-Chief: Ralph C. Smith, North Carolina State University

ASA-SIAM Series on Statistics and Applied Probability (SA)

CBMS-NSF Regional Conference Series in Applied Mathematics (CB)
CBMS Liaison: Ron Rosier

Classics in Applied Mathematics (CL)
Editor-in-Chief: Robert E. O'Malley Jr., University of Washington

Computational Science and Engineering (CS)
Editor-in-Chief: Donald Estep, Colorado State University

Discrete Mathematics and Applications (DT)*

Financial Mathematics (FM)
Editor-in-Chief: Thaleia Zariphopoulou, The University of Texas at Austin

Frontiers in Applied Mathematics (FR)*

Fundamentals of Algorithms (FA)
Editor-in-Chief: Nick Higham, University of Manchester

Mathematical Modeling and Computation (MM)
Editor-in-Chief: Richard Haberman, Southern Methodist University

Mathematics in Industry (MN)
Editor-in-Chief: Thomas A. Grandine, Boeing Company

MOS-SIAM Series on Optimization (MO)
Editor-in-Chief: Katya Scheinberg, Lehigh University

Other Titles in Applied Mathematics (OT)

Proceedings in Applied Mathematics (PR)

SIAM Spotlights (SL)

Software, Environments, and Tools (SE)
Editor-in-Chief: Jack J. Dongarra, University of Tennessee

Studies in Applied and Numerical Mathematics (AM)*

*denotes series is no longer active.


1.3       SIAM Publishes Textbooks

We encourage authors to submit for publication texts that can be used in college and university courses. Many current SIAM books are used as main and supplementary textbooks for graduate-level courses, and we also publish books that are appropriate for undergraduate courses.  To help our readers easily locate these texts, our Web site and marketing materials clearly identify which books are textbooks.

1.4       SIAM Staff

SIAM’s dedicated staff has a wealth of experience working with authors and editors to produce high-quality publications. The following staff members are the ones with whom you will work during the acquisitions and production stages of your book.

Your first and main contact person at SIAM will likely be your acquisitions editor. This person will manage your book proposal submission and send it out to reviewers. When the reviews are in, your acquisitions editor will send them to you and, if appropriate, will present your proposal to the Book Acquisitions Committee, which consists of SIAM staff members in the acquisitions, marketing, production, accounting, and executive departments. Your acquisitions editor will notify you of the committee’s decision on your book and, if your project is accepted, will prepare your publishing contract.

After your book is under contract, you will also work with a developmental editor, who can answer questions about SIAM’s LaTeX macros and the production process. The developmental editor will work hand-in-hand with your acquisitions editor to help you prepare your manuscript for the production process. The developmental editor will also inform you of your book’s production schedule when it has been set.

After your book goes into production, you will be contacted by your production editor, who will see your book through the copyediting and proof stages of production.

During production, you also will hear from SIAM’s book marketing specialist, who will contact you for approval of marketing copy that will be used in promotional materials and on the back cover of your book.

All of these staff people—and others who work behind the scenes—are on hand to guide you through the book production process and ensure that the final product is one that you and SIAM can be proud of.


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