|Founders||Aleksandar Lazinica and Vedran Kordić|
|Country of origin||Austria|
|Headquarters location||London, UK|
|Publication types||Academic books|
|Nonfiction topics||STEM fields|
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IntechOpen is an open access publisher of academic books in the fields of science, technology and medicine (STM). The company has published over 3,500 peer reviewed open access books and worked with over 108,500 academic authors spanning various fields and institutions. All IntechOpen books are available online under an open access label and Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).
IntechOpen was founded in Vienna in 2004. Co-founders Alex Lazinica and Vedran Kordić started the company while both were studying for PhDs at the Vienna University of Technology. Working as scientists in the field of mobile robotics, the pair’s first open access publication was the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (IJARS), which commenced publication in March 2004. In July 2005, Kordić and Lazinica co-edited Cutting Edge Robotics, the first published IntechOpen book. In 2008, IntechOpen established its primary headquarters in Rijeka, Croatia, subsequently relocating to London, UK in late 2017. The company has since built up an extensive online library of open access academic books. All journals published by IntechOpen (including IJARS) were acquired by SAGE Publications in May 2016.
IntechOpen is a member of several recognised industry associations, including the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) and International Association of STM Publishers (STM). In addition, research for IntechOpen publications has been financed by funders such as the European Commission, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
By 2017, IntechOpen claimed to have published over 3,500 books and that users had downloaded content from the platform over 1.7 million times in 2017. Furthermore 108,500 researchers had published their research on its open access platform to date. These authors include Nobel Prize laureates and over 70 academics previously listed in the annual ‘highly-cited researchers’ lists produced by Clarivate Analytics.
IntechOpen’s output consists of peer reviewed scientific books and monographs, each of which is made available through the company’s online platform. Each book sets out to highlight recent research and outline salient findings within a specific field of academic study. The subjects covered in these publications varies, covering a broad scope across the physical sciences, medical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The majority of IntechOpen’s published research comes under the subject areas of physical science, engineering and technology, with medical science being the second biggest subject. This high proportion and volume of STEM research published by IntechOpen is why the company has claimed to be a “publisher of one of the largest multidisciplinary Open Access collection of books covering the STM fields”.
In addition to publishing books and their individual chapters, IntechOpen began publishing ‘compact’ works in September 2017. This publication format is designed to accommodate in-depth research that cannot be served by a single chapter, but is nevertheless too specific to warrant an entire book.
In 2015, a selection of IntechOpen books were included in the ISI Web of Science's Book Citation Index (BKCI) – one of the leading citation databases within the academic community. By 2018, almost 8,000 book chapters had been accepted to the index, and the company now claims to have over 57,400 citations in Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC).
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