STEP 1 - You have your words and ideas, right? Share them with us! We will be happy to discuss your perfect lab manual with you. If you haven't quite decided on what your lab manual should look like we can certainly help you with some ideas. We also have a standard written agreement which will state important stuff like copyright, etc. The next step will be to send us your written text for your new custom lab manual.
STEP 2 - Send us your written text in MS Word or any other popular format. This can be simply sent to us as an email attachment. Let us know if you have ideas for figures that you would like included. We can help out with some suggestions too. We typically prefer to work on one chapter at a time, so we will take your text and add a nice, organized page layout. Next illustrations will be created and sent to you via email for your approval. If you are satisified with the illustrations they will be added to the page layout. When the first chapter is completed we will email it to you as a .pdf for your approval. Changes can be made at any step of the development process. So if there is anything that you don't like let us know! We will be happy to fix it. After all of the chapters are completed a cover will be designed. When the entire lab manual is completed and approved by you it will be printed.
STEP 3 - Your new custom lab manual is finished! Now your lab manual is ready for your students. We handle the ordering process too. Your students can conveniently order your new custom lab manual online directly from this website or at your campus bookstore. We will also send you a few complementary instructor copies. If you want to make changes to your lab manual at any time just let us know. We will make the modifications, send them to you for your approval, and make the new modified version available for ordering. It's as simple as that!
Please fill out our Lab Manual Inquiry Form.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DO I NEED TO PROVIDE TO HAVE MY CUSTOM LAB MANUAL DEVELOPED?
You only need to provide the text you would like to have included in your lab manual. If you have ideas for figures or how you would like you lab manual to look you can provide those as well, or we will be happy to make suggestions. All of the text that you provide must be written in your own words.
CAN I KEEP MY WORK THAT I CONTRIBUTE TO THIS LAB MANUAL?
Yes! Definitely! All material that you contribute to this custom lab manual is your material. If we ever part ways, for any reason, your material is still yours to keep.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT I CAN'T INCLUDE IN MY CUSTOM LAB MANUAL?
You cannot include any material that someone else holds the copyright to. This includes text (no plagiarism), photos, illustrations etc. You typically cannot include images found online. These are usually owned by someone else. Using images downloaded from the internet without the owner's permission is copyright infringement. Fortunately, we have the perfect alternative. Unlike all other publishers, we are professional scientific illustrators. We can draw or create any image you need. Guaranteed.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE WRITTEN AGREEMENT?
The main purpose of the written agreement is to ensure that all intellectual property (text, illustrations, photos, etc.) is legally fair for us to use in the development of this lab manual and that it does not infringe upon anyone else's copyright. It's good to have these things in writing so there is no confusion.
IS THERE REALLY NO RISK? I CAN CANCEL AT ANYTIME?
There is absolutely no risk with our lab manual service. You can stop using it at any time. Give it a try for a semester. If you are not happy with it for any reason we will do whatever we can to fix the problem. If you are still not satisfied, you can stop using your custom lab manual. No problem. We will try our best to make your entire experience with our custom lab manual service a positive one. Our goal is to create the perfect lab manual for your course. We hope that you will be very pleased with our service and that you will continue using your custom lab manual over the long term.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE MY CUSTOM LAB MANUAL?
After we receive your text and any other materials it will typically take approximately one month to complete your new lab manual. The more time the better, but one month is usually the minimum amount of time. We prefer to have plenty of time to do and we like to have a lot of communication with you to ensure that the final product is to your exact specifications. For example, we will design the page layout and create sketches for the figures. Then send them to you for your approval. This will be done for each chapter before we create the finished pages. We want you to be completely satisfied with the final product. Ideally, it's best to start planning your lab manual a few months before you intend on using it in class. If your deadline is shorter we will do our very best to accommodate you.
CAN I REALLY MAKE CHANGES TO MY CUSTOM LAB MANUAL AT ANY TIME?
Absolutely! Adaptability is one of the key features of our service. As your lab course changes so must your lab manual. Just tell us what to change and we will change it. Modifications can be made at any time. We will even modify your lab manual every single semester if you would prefer. You are in control.
HOW MUCH WILL THIS CUSTOM LAB MANUAL COST MY STUDENTS?
Our goal is to create a very high quality lab manual for your course, but we also want it to be very affordable for your students. The final cost of each lab manual is different and is dependent upon the number of pages, number and detail of figures, color or grayscale images, and bookstore markup. The custom lab manuals we currently offer range from $20-$50. It all depends on the kind and amount of content you would like to include.
IS THIS SERVICE REALLY FREE FOR ME?
Yes! This service is completely free for you, the instructor! The production costs are paid for when the lab manuals are sold. You will never be charged for anything. All figure development, page design, text layout, printing, binding, and future modifications are 100% free for you. You simply need to provide us with your text and ideas. We'll take care of everything else!