purpose of these guidelines is to clarify the process of submitting your
manuscript to ITDG Publishing. These steps will make it easier for us
to review your material, and will enable the production process to run
more smoothly once your manuscript has been accepted for publication.
also read and follow our house
of the manuscript
Manuscripts should be presented double-spaced and printed
on one side only of clean, white, A4 paper. Do not attempt to reproduce
the look of the printed page, but do make the various heading
levels clear. Leave wide margins to allow the copy editor room to
write. The pages should be numbered consecutively throughout.
Please do not staple, bind, hole punch or separate your manuscript
into wallets. Ensure
that all sections of the manuscript are complete and in their final form
when presented. Remember to consider whether a preface, foreword or glossary
is required at this stage.
of what to include:
List of contents with chapter headings and main sub-headings ('A' heads)
List of acronyms and abbreviations
Lists of figures, boxes, tables - a separate one for each
'About the contributors' material - for edited volumes only.
copy editing process cannot begin until we have all of the material.
Your manuscript must also be supplied in electronic form and
the file must be identical to the hard copy manuscript. Acceptable formats
include 3.5" floppy disks, CD-ROM and Zip disks. Please save each chapter
as a separate file.
If ITDG Publishing agrees in advance, it may be possible to accept the
manuscript by e-mail. In this instance the files should be 'zipped' but
otherwise files should not be compressed.
Please bear in mind that ITDG Publishing can only read PC
compatible material in house. Most word processing packages are acceptable,
but the text should not be heavily formatted as this causes problems when
converted. If in doubt, text only or ASCII is perfectly acceptable.
If you cannot supply PC compatible files, please contact
the publishers about conversion of files before submitting a manuscript.
Do not send us your only copy of your work. Keep a copy of
the entire work and a copy of all the electronic files.
punctuation, numerals and references
Please refer to our house style
before presenting your manuscript. This gives full advice on these matters,
as well as suggesting standard reference books for writers. It also contains
a useful list of ITDG Publishing standard spellings and common acronyms.
Tables should be numbered independently of any other illustrations
and consecutively within each chapter, e.g. Table 1.1, Table 1.2, Table
2.1, etc. Please include the table caption in the relevant place in the
text and supply the tables separately.
keep the formatting of tables to a minimum, i.e. do not include shading
of different columns or rows or unnecessary use of bold and italics.
Boxes can be useful devices, for example, to display a case
study that highlights the core message of the text, or to display material
that is not essential to understanding of the main text. However, if overused,
text boxes can make a publication difficult to follow. Boxes should not
directly repeat material that is contained in the main text.
Please do not draw a box around the required text, but place
the caption at the top of the text and mark the bottom clearly, e.g. [end
box] in square brackets.
If you wish to include bullet points or numbered lists, please
mark these clearly in the text. It is not, however, necessary for you
to format the text. Please use ** followed by one character space to mark
the beginning of a bullet point. The stylised bullets in word processing
packages often cause problems in professional typesetting programmes.
Numbered lists should only be used where there is a clear
hierarchy to the points listed.
Please choose a style for each level of heading and sub-heading
and stick to it throughout the text. Make sure that the hierarchy is clear
but do not number the heading levels. The only numbered headings should
be the chapter headings and, if the book has them, the part headings.
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Unless you have made alternative arrangements with the Publisher,
it is the author's responsibility to clear all permissions to reproduce
material from third party sources. You should apply for permissions at
the earliest opportunity as they can sometimes take several months to
clear. As a general rule of thumb, permissions do not need to be sought
for short extracts (fewer than 400 words) that are being used for the
purposes of criticism and review. If in doubt, you should check with the
All necessary credits must be supplied to ITDG Publishing
with the extract material. This includes acknowledgement of source material
where no specific permission is required.
Authors should produce final artwork that is ready for incorporation
into the text. This should either be in a suitable electronic format or
high quality black and white artwork which is ready to be transferred
straight to film.
Illustrations, whether photographs, line drawings or electronic
images, should be supplied separately from the main text. Captions should
be inserted in the main text to show placement of the figure. Please number
all illustrations, whether line drawings or photographs, consecutively
within each chapter.
Save illustrations to disk as original files on a PC or Macintosh
disk. Do not supply eps files as these cannot subsequently be edited.
Please supply illustrations in scales of black and grey (using hatching,
dashed lines etc. to differentiate sections). Colour drawings converted
to black and white almost always cause problems.
Drawings in WordArt and similar packages tend to lack resolution
once they are converted. It may be desirable to have such illustrations
redrawn professionally before the typesetting process begins. Please do
not hesitate to ask a member of the editorial team for advice.
Whatever the source of your illustrations, please do not embed
the images or scans into a Word document or other word processing file.
When providing original line drawings, please use a professional drawing
package such as CorelDraw, Macromedia Freehand, or Adobe Illustrator.
Graphs are best supplied in the spreadsheet package from which they were
produced (e.g. Microsoft Excel).
The index should not be compiled until the proof stage, i.e.
once the page layout is finalized. If it has been agreed with the Publisher
that you will supply an index for your work, please discuss with us the
best method of preparation and presentation. If required, we can source
a professional indexer who will complete the work for a fee.