Nova Science Publishers

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Nova Science Publishers
Founded 1985
Founder Frank H. Columbus
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Hauppauge, New York
Key people Nadya Gotsiridze-Columbus (President); Donna Dennis (Vice-President)
Publication types Academic journals, books, encyclopedias, handbooks
Nonfiction topics Science and Technology, Medicine and Biology, Social Sciences
Fiction genres Academic; STM
Imprints NOVA, NOVA Biomedical, Novinka
No. of employees 55 in-house employees
Official website

Nova Science Publishers is an academic publisher of books, encyclopedias, handbooks, e-books and journals, based in Hauppauge, New York.[1] While the firm publishes in several fields of academia, most of its publications cover fields of science and social science. As of January 2017, it listed 103 currently published journals.[2] It was founded in 1985 in New York by Frank Columbus. On his death in 2010, his wife Nadya Columbus became the CEO.[3][not in citation given]

Nova Science Publishers is included in the Book Citation Index.[4] In terms of number of books published from 2005 to 2012 period, Nova ranked 4th, among the top three in 8 of 14 scientific fields (engineering, clinical medicine, human biology, animal and plant biology, geosciences, social science medicine and health, chemistry, physics and astronomy),[5] and ranked as the 5th most prolific book publishers from 2009-2013, ranking 3rd in Engineering and Technology and 2nd in Science by numbers of books published.[6] However, Nova had the lowest citation impact among the five most prolific publishers in both fields.[6] In a 2011 report of twenty-one international social-science book publishers that determined penetration on international markets and mention of books in international science index systems such as Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Nova Science Publishers ranked 17th out of 21.[7] In a 2017 ranking study of book publishers, Nova Science Publishers was ranked high on number of books published, but near the bottom for number of citations per book.[8]

Controversies and criticism[edit]

Nova has been criticized for not always evaluating authors through the academic peer review process[9] and for republishing, at high prices, old public domain book chapters and freely-accessible government reports as if they were new.[9][10] These criticisms prompted librarian Jeffrey Beall to write that in his opinion Nova Science Publishers was at the "bottom-tier" of publishers.[11]

A recent survey of national and international databases of scholarly book publishers (including the Book Citation Index, Scopus, CRIStin, JUFO, VIRTA and SPI) identified Nova as one of a "core of publishers that are indexed in all five" of the information systems surveyed. This "core" contained only 46 out of the 3,765 publishers identified.[12]

As of 2018, Nova has been removed from the Norwegian list of approved scientific publishing channels (CRIStin).[13]


  1. ^ "Company Overview of Nova Science Publishers, Inc". Business Week. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  2. ^ Journal catalog page accessed 9 January 2016
  3. ^ Merrick, Joav. "Editorial: A Tribute to Frank Columbus (1941–2010)". International Journal of Child Health and Human Development. 4 (2): 0. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Master Book List". Book Citation Index. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  5. ^ Torres-Salinas, Daniel (2013). "Coverage, field specialization and impact of scientific publishers indexed in the 'Book Citation Index'". Online Information Review. 38 (1): 1–16. doi:10.1108/OIR-10-2012-0169. 
  6. ^ a b Torres Salinas, Daniel; Robinson-Garcia, Nicolás; Jiménez-Contreras, Evaristo; Fuente-Gutiérrez, Enrique (2015). "The BiPublishers ranking: Main results and methodological problems when constructing rankings of academic publishers". Revista Española de Documentacion Cientifica. 38 (4): e111. doi:10.3989/redc.2015.4.1287b. 
  7. ^ Tausch, Arno (2011). "On the Global Impact of Selected Social-Policy Publishers in More Than 100 Countries". Journal of Scholarly Publishing. 42 (4): 476. doi:10.3138/jsp.42.4.476. 
  8. ^ Tausch, Arno (2015-10-15). "Die Buchpublikationen der Nobelpreis-Ökonomen und die führenden Buchverlage der Disziplin. Eine bibliometrische Analyse" [The Book Publications of the Nobel-Prize Economists and the Leading Book Publishers of the Discipline. A Bibliometric Analysis]. Social Science Research Network (in German). Elsevier. SSRN 2674502Freely accessible. 
  9. ^ a b Phillips, Lara (17 September 2013). "A list of Print-on-demand publishers and self-publishing "Vanity presses" for librarians and faculty". University of the South Pacific. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  10. ^ Bade, David W. (24 September 2007). "The Content of Journals Published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc". Stanford University Libraries. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  11. ^ Beall, Jeffrey (26 May 2015). "Watch Out for Publishers with "Nova" in Their Name". Scholarly Open Access. Archived from the original on 2016-11-08. 
  12. ^ Elea Giménez-Toledo, Jorge Mañana-Rodríguez, Gunnar Sivertsen (2017), "Scholarly book publishing: Its information sources for evaluation in the social sciences and humanities", Research Evaluation, 26 (2): 91–101, doi:10.1093/reseval/rvx007 
  13. ^ Norsk senter for forskningsdata, Register over vitenskapelige publiseringskanaler (in Norwegian), retrieved 15 November 2017 

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