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Ed. Amanda Haste, Linda Baines and Helen Ross
Proposal Submission Deadline: February 14, 2023

Objective of the Book
The purpose of the Guide is to provide resources and supportive materials for Independent Scholars (IS) in a wide variety of fields. The tone will be supportive, positive and informative, with a focus on providing solutions to the issues faced by ISs. The Guide will consist of articles on various aspects of independent scholarship, and practical resources to support ISs in their journey. The first part of the Guide will concern the whys and wherefores of being/becoming an IS, while the second part will provide the tools to carry out independent research in an ethical and rigorous way, and to develop strategies for presenting ourselves to the world.

Target Audience
This book’s target audience will be current and potential ISs. The Guide will be published online in PDF format on the NCIS website, and will be free to access and download.
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Finding Freedom Outside Academia 
Ensuring the Rigor of your Research
Ethics in Research
Technical Writing/Effective communication
Conducting Interdisciplinary Research
Public Scholarship 
Creating your Research Identity
Playing the Game: Strategic Scholarship
Funding your Research
Self-Care for Independent Scholars

Submission Procedure
Scholars are invited to submit on or before February 14, 2023, a chapter proposal of 500-750 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by February 28, 2023, about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Complete chapters are expected to be submitted by May 30, 2023. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.
Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication.
All proposals should be submitted directly to the editors at, subject line “IS Guide” chapter submission.
The book will be published by the National Coalition of Independent Scholars as an Open Access PDF file. It will be registered with an NCIS ISBN, under a Creative Commons licence, free to read and download.

Important Dates
February 14, 2023: Proposal Submission Deadline
February 28, 2023: Notification of Acceptance
May 30, 2023: Full Chapter Submission
September 30, 2023: Review Results Returned
December 1, 2023: Final Acceptance Notification
December 30, 2023: Publication

Enquiries can be forwarded to
Amanda Haste, PhD
National Coalition of Independent Scholars


The idea of a scholarly cookbook is not new, but this one is the first to be compiled by proud independent scholars, namely members of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS) and its affiliated partner groups around the world.

This volume aims to give you an insight into different foods, traditions, and food-related experiences, through brief essays – some scholarly, some personal accounts – each of which has a related recipe. It is completely open access, and freely available to download here.

For best results, print out as a booklet and settle down for a good read. You could also print out separate copies of your favorite recipes to keep in the kitchen.


Contact us

National Coalition of Independent Scholars