Updated November 2013
Each manuscript should follow these manuscript preparation guidelines as closely as possible. Once a completed manuscript is received and accepted, an editorial/production schedule will be defined including an estimated date for printing.
All manuscripts must be complete and include the following:
- One electronic Microsoft® (MS) Word document of the entire manuscript in Word version 2007 or higher (preferred). All chapters should be saved individually.
- Electronic originals of all artwork. Below, under Additional Details, are listed acceptable high-resolution formats. Additionally, native file photos, Excel graphs, and Excel charts are acceptable. Please do not use text boxes.
- Front matter. Title page, table of contents (page numbers will be generated in production), preface, acknowledgments, list of authors and affiliations (if applicable), list of figures, list of tables, foreword (optional), and introduction (optional). Page numbers will be updated in production but are helpful in manuscripts also. NOTE: A preface is written by the author, gives reasons for the book’s importance to the literature on the topic, and often includes a history of the book’s development. A foreword is written by someone other than the author (or an editor or a contributor), usually a recognized expert or notable person, and puts the book in context.
- References. Books on technical subjects must be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style author-date system. (For general-interest titles, a bibliography system is more appropriate.) See Additional Details, Bibliography and References tab, below.
- Metrication. The entire manuscript must be metricized, with the inch-pound unit of measure followed by the metric unit (SI) in parentheses, UNLESS a metric conversion table is supplied as an appendix.
- End matter. Appendices, glossary (optional), metric conversion table (optional), author biography. An index will be created in production.
- Tables, with titles and sources. If tables are created in MS Word, they can remain within the text.
- Figures (including photographs), as separate electronic files. Highlight callouts in the text to indicate where the figures should be included. Captions for all art must be provided.
- All text references to tables and figures as callouts for preferred placement (compositor will place as close as possible to first reference).
- A complete reference and/or bibliography section (preferably by chapter).
- Copyright releases required for ALL materials from outside sources.