Working with Intellect was a very pleasurable experience. It is encouraging to see how Intellect represents independent critical voices in an authentic and supportive manner, creating a space which goes beyond the usual market imperative. Intellect showed great sensibility for book projects which push the limits of academic publishing. The production process was highly professional, supportive and dialogic, resulting in books which I believe are at very high standards. I am thankful and happy to be able to work with such a publisher.
Oliver Vodeb, editor of Food Democracy: Critical Lessons in Food, Communication, Design and Art
I highly recommend Intellect as an academic publisher sincerely committed to advancing ideas and creative scholarship. Intellect’s team members were prompt, professional, intellectually engaged and committed to co-producing a book that lived up to the expectations of the author, the artist of the cover and the editors.
Matthew Heinz, author of Entering Transmasculinity: The Inevitability of Discourse
Working with Intellect has been an outstanding, memorable experience, as they are extremely professional and really work hard to make unusual projects materialize. My production editor was very efficient, communicative and helpful during all steps of the process. My book project used a specially designed template, and the design team was both excellent and highly receptive regarding incorporating my feedback. What strikes me is that the ‘big picture’ counts for Intellect and their editorial staff, but to achieve a high-quality project, details are also considered in a very meticulous way. The peer reviews I received were very thorough and commissioned from knowledgeable scholars in the field. The provisional timeline I was given was adhered to almost down to the exact dates, proofreading was top notch, suggestions were offered that improved the work, such as the recommendation of an excellent indexer, and much close attention was paid to refining the final design. Marketing is now doing a great job getting some greater visibility for the book.
Martin Patrick, author of Across the Art/Life Divide: Performance, Subjectivity, and Social Practice in Contemporary Art
I have been working with Intellect for five years, ever since I submitted the proposal for Metal Music Studies to them on behalf of the International Society for Metal Music Studies. I had been drawn to Intellect by seeing the excellent work put into other journals in the portfolio, particularly Post & Post-Punk, Horror Studies and International Journal of Community Music. I love reading journals and am a sucker for great design combined with innovative content. I had spoken to the editor of IJCM, Lee Higgins, and been enthused by his enthusiasm for Intellect. I co-edited a special issue for IJCM, then got the green light to publish Metal Music Studies. At every stage of the process the team at Intellect’s office were fully supportive and encouraging. It is the personal connection I feel most valuable in that relationship – everybody who has worked with me on the journal believes in the journal and the value of academic publishing. It is difficult to name names because so many people have helped me and the journal, from editorial to production and design and marketing – however, I have to mention Bethan Ball, because she has gone up to eleven as our production editor, and I value all the work she has done to keep us metal people in good order. I am really proud of the cover of our journal, and the way Intellect have marketed us across the world through social media and through more traditional catalogues and stands.
Karl Spracklen, editor of Metal Music Studies
My experience of working with the Intellect team has always been extremely positive. I have been very grateful for their support on a number of projects and it always seems that they are open to new ideas, whilst professional in how they support a publication at all stages, from start to finish. I am particularly impressed with how they are open to novel and adventurous titles that intentionally challenge disciplinary boundaries, trusting that the book or journal is a worthwhile project. The flexibility they provide is really excellent. I am also grateful for the team’s openness to imaginative design and format, and the results are always excellent. Having worked with Intellect for around ten years I very much appreciate their genuine interest in the research community that I am editing and writing for, shown in how they respond imaginatively to ideas about how to reach more readers and generate more interest in our publications. I know that some of the most popular and referenced titles in my field of research are published by Intellect. I think it is down to the flexibility about design, format, timeframe and openness to imaginative subject matter. The whole team’s encouragement and the confidence they show in a publication throughout the development process is really inspiring and has led me to recommend Intellect to many colleagues.
Sarah Whatley, editor of Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices; co-editor of Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives and Dance, Disability and Law: InVisible Difference
I’ve been extremely pleased with my experience with Intellect. It is a highly professional organization that is supportive and, at the same time, innovative. My positive experience began before I even submitted a proposal. I had discussions with James Campbell, the marketing representative, at popular culture conferences. He understood what we wanted to do, how it addressed an underserved market, and encouraged us to pursue the project. What I admire most about Intellect is their willingness to take chances. Launching a conventional hard-copy journal these days is very rare because of the start-up costs and the time it takes to build a readership and a reputation. Intellect has been patient with us and willing to give us the time and resources necessary to make our journal a success. Even for someone such as myself who had edited anthologies and guest edited journals before, the learning curve involved in a new journal launch is a steep one. Intellect has a deep bench of titles on which a new editor may ‘apprentice’ as a guest editor, which facilitates familiarizing oneself with their processes and workflows. It proved an invaluable experience. The supportive nature of the working experience with Intellect continued well after our launch. The production people are willing to work with us on unforeseen issues with manuscript turnaround and unconventional content. Likewise, the marketing assistance has been more than I expected and has been responsible for our growth. My positive experience with Intellect is apparently not unusual. A number of colleagues have worked with them and were similarly impressed. Few publishers enjoy such an excellent reputation.
Bruce E. Drushel, co-editor of Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture
Having published three books with Intellect over the last decade, I'm in a good position to offer an entirely positive testimony about my long-lasting experience with this vibrant publishing house. Prior to becoming an Intellect author, I had worked with a number of Italian and international publishers and therefore I was immediately able to perceive and appreciate the shift of the peculiar relationship style that informs the way people at Intellect interact with authors. Since the beginning I was pleasantly surprised by the uncommon aptitude, shared by people you come in contact with at the various stages of the publishing process, to maintain a stance that is equally friendly and respectful towards authors – the evidence, among others, of excellent selection and training of the staff. Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, having experienced more than once the unconditional request by publishers to make changes to the submitted manuscript, I have especially appreciated the flexibility and the listening attitude displayed by the Intellect editors when it comes to negotiating changes and revisions. I have always had the sense that my freedom of decision was unquestioned, and this helped me to be more open and receptive towards the competent and expert suggestions advanced by my editors. On a different but related note, I really like how Intellect cares for the formal aspects of the products – the covers of my three books made me happy and proud for the effective way they translated into enjoyable aesthetics the central thrust of the works. Great job indeed!
Milly Buonanno, author of The Age of Television: Experiences and Theories and Italian TV Drama and Beyond: Stories from the Soil, Stories from the Sea; editor of Television Antiheroines: Women Behaving Badly in Crime and Prison Drama
I first heard about Intellect from my friend Professor Amelia Jones, who had published an excellent book on performance studies with the press. So I went to visit them in their wonderful repurposed paper mill headquarters in Bristol, England. I was immediately taken by the three welcoming young women who made time to thoroughly discuss my book project and gave me a sampling of very attractively produced books on various subjects to examine. After having worked with them on a rather complicated monograph project with many illustrations and seven different authors, I am still very satisfied with the communication and working relationships we've developed. The production and editorial staff are genuinely interested and engaged in my project and have shown themselves willing to be flexible and to try their best to fulfil our dreams for this project. At all times, I have felt free to express my ideas and responses to their designers and editors, and have been listened to, and seen changes made even if it cost more time and effort. Best of all, I know that their hearts are in it, and they genuinely believe in my project and are doing their utmost to fulfil my expectations and ideas. Thank you, Intellect and all your capable and friendly staff.
Faith Wilding, co-author of Faith Wilding’s Fearful Symmetries
Thanks to the creativity and skills of the production editors, managers, graphic designers and typographers at Intellect, Short Film Studies is an exceptionally attractive journal that I am proud to share with colleagues and to see available at international film festivals. And corresponding with production editors and managers has been a pure delight for nearly ten years now. They have always responded immediately to my messages and invariably in a cheerful and helpful way, solving any problems that have arisen, meeting my requests and making sure I knew that my work as editor was highly appreciated. Thanks to them and to the splendid production values of each issue, with numerous images beautifully reproduced, editing this journal has been a great pleasure for me.
Richard Raskin, editor of Short Film Studies