POLICIES

The seat of the International Deaf Empowerment Foundation (iDEF) is in the United Kingdom.  iDEF is a non-profit charitable company registrated in the UK.  with the principal aim of supporting tertiary-level education for deaf people in developing countries.

2. Range of academic publications
The academic publications of Ishara Press relate to the fields of sign language linguistics, deaf studies and deaf education. In particular, Ishara Press specializes in the following areas:

- the documentation of un- and under-described sign languages;
- the comparative typological study of sign languages;
- deaf cultures and deaf education in non-Western countries;
- multimedia publications combining print and video (and interactive software);
- video-based publications in International Sign and national sign languages.

3. Prior and subsequent publication
Ishara Press does not publish material that has already appeared elsewhere. However, works that have been published by Ishara Press can appear elsewhere at the author’s discretion and with the publisher’s consent, provided that the original source of publication is clearly acknowledged.

4. Peer review
All academic publications are subject to peer review according to the internationally practiced standards in the field. Educational publications at Ishara Press are not subject to the same system of strict external peer review that is used for academic publications. After internal review, external advice on submissions is sought on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Press.

5. Cost-price distribution policy

Being a division of a non-profit organization, Ishara Press has a strong commitment to making its publications widely accessible regardless of financial considerations. Therefore, as a matter of policy, all publications are made available as e-books on CDs, or through other suitable media, at cost price after a grace period of three years from the date of initial publication. Printed copies continue to be available indefinitely at the original price. Excerpts from individual publications may be made available free of cost through the internet before or after completion of the grace period at the discretion of the publisher and with the author’s explicit consent.

6. Permanent in-print policy
Ishara Press uses a print-on-demand system. This means that published works do not go out of print, since they can be reproduced digitally any time as per demand.

7. Authors’ benefits
7.1 Authors of individual works receive 3 free copies of their work. Contributors to edited volumes receive 1 free copy of the volume and 20 offprints of their contribution. Contributors to the “Research Forum” series who are from developing countries receive 20 free copies of their work.

7.2 Authors receive a general 30% discount on all works published by Ishara Press during a period of three years from the date of publication. Authors from developing countries receive an 80% discount for the same.

7.3 Payment of royalties depends on the nature of the published work and on the number of copies sold. This is regulated in authors’ contracts.

8. Benefit to country of origin policy
As far as possible, net profits earned from publications relating thematically to a particular country are channeled back into projects run by  iDEF in the same country. If iDEF does not have operational projects in the target country, the profits are used for general and international activities.

9. Language policy
9.1 All print publications in the academic publications portfolio are in English. Ishara Press follows the policy of publishing academic works in the language of the country to which the publication relates thematically whenever this is possible and unless there are important reasons to deviate from this policy. This policy also includes e-books created on the basis of print decides about any co-distribution agreements. Such agreements shall not violate the statutes of iDEF or the policies of Ishara publications.

9.2 All signed publications in the academic publications portfolio are in International Sign. In addition, Ishara Press follows the policy of publishing academic works in the sign language of the country to which the publication relates thematically whenever this is possible and unless there are important reasons to deviate from this policy.

9.3 All educational publications are in the language of the target audience of the materials. This applies to both signed and written languages.

10. Co-distribution agreements
Ishara Press recognizes co-distribution agreements with other publishers and/or distributors as a useful way of increasing the circulation of publications.