Editorial programs


One of the peculiarities of the LUMEN editorial program is the support of young researchers and the orientation towards the promotion of young people. Over 60% of the works published by LUMEN Publishing House are authored by researchers up to 40 years or debutant researchers. The Program for the Promotion of Young Researchers has become a tradition since 2004 for LUMEN Publishing House, a real brand of the publishing house, which carries out two stages of selection per year, around March and October, when there are invited to propose volumes, including doctoral theses, researchers who have not previously published volumes, but only studies in scientific journals; for this editorial program the emphasis is placed on the peer review procedures, to identify papers with the greatest potential to contribute to the field, even if at the time of publication the authors are relatively unknown in academia. We are particularly proud that a number of young researchers, many of whom made their debut with volumes at LUMEN Publishing House, are today personalities of the academic world, leading other young researchers in the mysteries of research, including by coordinating doctorates.


Lumen Scientific Books is a program that addresses experienced authors who have previously published in their field of research. In the evaluation of these volumes, special emphasis is placed on the preliminary editorial evaluation before sending the volume to peer review, when the criteria of authors’ academic visibility, the impact of the volume on the scientific environment, for monographs, respectively the academic utility of the volume, for courses and university treaties are analyzed. The selection criteria in this first administrative and marketing stage are of an increased rigor compared to the program addressed to young researchers, precisely due to the academic and research experience of the authors who propose the volume for publication. The scientific evaluation follows the administrative evaluation stage, being a double blind peer review, and both stages, once passed, correlating the conclusions of the two evaluations, provide the premises for admission or rejection from publication, as well as the conditions of the editorial offer for admitted authors.

The selection for this program is also made in the form of an open call for papers, issued in March and October, as a result of which any researcher can propose volumes for publication, but unlike the program for young researchers, within the Lumen Scientific Books Program books they are also selected by invitations addressed by the publisher directly to the authors to publish volumes under the auspices of the publisher, even outside the periods when a call for papers is sent. An important role in this program is therefore played by the editor-designate with acquisitions, who is usually the editor responsible for the book series or the given scientific field of the book, as the case may be, as there are generally invited to publish authors who have previously published before with our publishing house, either initially through the Young Researchers Program, or in scientific journals or proceedings. In the case of reprints, authors whose books have had market success and scientific value confirmed by reviews, citations, inclusion in bibliographies etc. are invited to propose a revised edition, which differs by at least 25% from the original version, while for books in the field of law the updating of legislation is mandatory. The same procedure applies to translations.


For collective volumes, thematic calls are addressed, in which the volume proposals are evaluated from the perspective of scientific novelty and the number of similar volumes on the market.

Of course, there are also papers that are submitted outside the selection periods, which are initially evaluated by the editor responsible for acquisitions and, if this evaluation is favorable, are submitted to peer review. The existence of reviews supporting the publication of the book by some scientific personalities in the field is an advantage, but they are not mandatory and do not replace the peer review stage.