IDEA launches new project

IDEA launches new project

Azerbaijan, Baku, April 30 / Trend E.Mehdiyev /

IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Action), founded in July 2011, has launched a new project.

Local and foreign authors, experts, leaders with an environmental science background and expertise, as well as professors and graduate students are invited to write a textbook on environment, to be used as part of an elective course in middle schools in Azerbaijan, IDEA said on Monday.

The goal of the project is to develop a book that addresses the most important and challenging environmental issues and the basic concepts of environmental sustainability.

The final product can be authored either by a single person or co-authored by various people. However, in the case of the latter, the honorarium will be divided among the authors.

The writing languages are both Azerbaijani and English. If in English, IDEA will hold the responsibility for full translation and editing of the final product.

Writers interested in applying for the tender, should send full package of materials as email attachments, including a brief description and abstract of the proposed project (max 1000 words with endnotes) with attached timesheet, tentative topic and framework, a writing sample, and a resume (publishing history and contact information should be included) to the IDEA email, [email protected] For blind review process, personal information should not be included on the manuscript or the abstract.

Persons wishing to nominate a candidate as an author should also contact IDEA as noted above. IDEA will accept abstract proposals and applications until June 15, 2012.

Acceptance notification will be sent to authors on 15 July 2012, following approval by an external Scientific Board comprised of well-known scholars in the field. Winners will be selected among many applicants for both the quality of their writing, as well as the age-sensitiveness and originality of their proposal.

Following approval by the board, the author/authors will be required to work in a stage-by-stage manner, submitting rough drafts of chapters on due deadlines, as indicated in their approved timesheet and framework. The complete rough draft of the proposal should be submitted no later than December 2012. Publication of the book is scheduled for early 2013.

The winning author / authors will be granted 10,000 manat (about $13,000) as payment for their work. All other costs, including translation, printing, publishing, and distribution of the book will be covered by IDEA.

Authors will receive first half of their payment upon completion of 50 percent of the book content. The full compensation will be made only after the final cut is approved by the scientific board.

This book project will be implemented by IDEA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Further information about the project will be made available on the IDEA website, www.ideacampaign.org.

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