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Nova Science Publishers
Logo of Nova Science Publishers.png
FounderFrank H. Columbus
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationHauppauge, New York
Key peopleNadya Gotsiridze-Columbus (President); Donna Dennis (Vice-President)
Publication typesAcademic journals, books, encyclopedias, handbooks
Nonfiction topicsScience and Technology, Medicine and Biology, Social Sciences
Fiction genresAcademic; STM
ImprintsNOVA, NOVA Biomedical, Novinka
No. of employees55 in-house employees
Official websitenovapublishers.com

Nova Science Publishers is an academic publisher of books, encyclopedias, handbooks, e-books and journals, based in Hauppauge, New York. It was founded in 1985.[1] A prolific publisher of books, Nova has received criticism from librarians for not always subjecting its publications to academic peer review and for republishing public domain book chapters and freely-accessible government publications at high prices.


Nova Science Publishers was founded in New York by Frank Columbus, former senior editor of Plenum Publishing.[2] His wife, Nadya Columbus, took over the firm operations upon his death in 2010.[3] While the firm publishes works in several fields of academia, most of its publications cover the fields of science, social science, and medicine.

As of February 2018, Nova had listed 100 currently published journals.[4] Since 2021, their new book publications include Digital Object Identifiers.[5] As of January 2022, 23,844 NOVA publications are indexed in Scopus.[6]


Nova Science Publishers is included in the Book Citation Index.[7] In terms of number of books published from 2005 to 2012, Nova ranked 4th. They ranked in the top three in 8 of 14 scientific fields including engineering, clinical medicine, human biology, animal and plant biology, geosciences, social science medicine, health, chemistry, physics, and astronomy),[8] and ranked as the 5th most prolific book publisher from 2009-2013, ranking 3rd in Engineering and Technology and 2nd in Science by numbers of books published.[9]

The firm was also ranked as the 6th most productive publisher, according to a University of Granada study.[10] However, it had the lowest citation impact among the five most prolific publishers in both fields.[9] In a 2017 ranking study of book publishers, Nova was ranked high on number of books published, but low on number of citations per book,[11] but a 2018 report by the same author indicates that Nova ranks among the top half of the 51 publishers.[12] In 2018, it was ranked #13 on the global main publishers list of political sciences during the last 5 years.[13]


Nova has been criticized by librarians for not always evaluating authors through the academic peer review process and for republishing old public domain book chapters and freely-accessible government reports at high prices.[14][15][16]

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, Nova was ranked #17.[17] A 2017 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 46 out of the 3,765 publishers identified.[18] As of 2018, Nova has been removed from the Norwegian list of approved scientific publishing channels.[19]


  1. ^ "Company Overview of Nova Science Publishers, Inc". Business Week. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Vygotsky, L. S. (April 28, 2016). The Collected Works of L. S. Vygotsky: Problems of General Psychology, Including the Volume Thinking and Speech. Springer. ISBN 9781461316558.
  3. ^ "Nova Science Publishers". brown-cran. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Journal catalog page. Retrieved January 9, 2016
  5. ^ "Nova Science Publishers - Official Website".
  6. ^ "Scopus - Book Title list". www.scopus.com.
  7. ^ "Master Book List". Book Citation Index. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  8. ^ 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. arXiv:1312.2791. doi:10.1108/OIR-10-2012-0169. S2CID 3794376.
  9. ^ 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 Documentación Científica. 38 (4): e111. arXiv:1505.01074. doi:10.3989/redc.2015.4.1287b. S2CID 20450048.
  10. ^ Robinson-Garcia, Nicolás; Jimenez-Contreras, Evaristo; Fuente-Gutierrez, Enrique; Torres-Salinas, Daniel (November 5, 2014). "Bibliometric Indicators for Publishers: Data processing, indicators and interpretation". arXiv:1411.1361 [cs.DL].
  11. ^ Tausch, Arno (October 15, 2015). 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] (in German). SSRN 2674502.
  12. ^ Tausch, Arno (2018). "The Market Power of Global Scientific Publishing Companies in the Age of Globalization: an Analysis Based on the OCLC Worldcat". Munich Personal RePEc Archive.
  13. ^ https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/87442/1/MPRA_paper_87442.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  14. ^ Phillips, Lara (September 17, 2013). "A list of Print-on-demand publishers and self-publishing "Vanity presses" for librarians and faculty". University of the South Pacific. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  15. ^ Bade, David W. (September 24, 2007). "The Content of Journals Published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc". Stanford University Libraries. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  16. ^ Beall, Jeffrey (May 26, 2015). "Watch Out for Publishers with "Nova" in Their Name". Scholarly Open Access. Archived from the original on November 8, 2016.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  19. ^ Norwegian Centre for Research Data, Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, retrieved August 27, 2018

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