To guarantee a smooth publication process, it is important that you ensure the text and figures of your manuscript are complete and final. To help you, there are a series of guidelines, and reference standards for your book manuscript.
1. Keep in mind that generally, manuscripts in general have three parts:
• Front: everything that comes before the actual content of a book. This becomes very important for people who are not familiar with you as an author, or with the specific book. It’s usually what first catches the reader’s eye. The Front is made of:
i. Title page
ii. Dedication (optional)
iii. Foreword (optional)
iv. Preface (optional)
v. Table of Contents
vi. List of abbreviations (optional)
• Text Body: The actual content of the book. Decide the numbering style for the chapters and apply this style consistently to all chapters, i.e., text, figures, tables, and references. Chapters can be grouped together in parts. Make sure you are consistent with spelling of names, terms, and abbreviations, including in tables, figures, and chapter numbering.
The text body, in short, needs to be consistent, and precise. Otherwise, your reader may get lost.
• Back: Is what comes after the last chapter of your book content.
The back may contains an appendix, a glossary, and/or an index, all of which are optional. Include any important original content in the appendix.
- Ensure the text and figures of your manuscript are complete and final and that you have kept to the agreed-upon length.
- Check the table of contents for the correct sequence of the sections of your manuscript! This is especially important for long manuscripts, and for those with hyperlinks for digital distribution. A good numbering style selection makes this task easier.
- Include all author names (for contributed books, the editor names) and their affiliations, the book title and the subtitle. Ensure that the sequence of the author names is correct and the title of your book is final when you submit your manuscript.
- If an introduction to the subject of the book (historical background, definitions, or methodology) is included, it should appear as the first chapter and thus be included in the chapter numbering.
- When using images, ensure consistency by using similar sizing and lettering for similar figures. Ideally, you should size figures to fit in the page or column width.
These are a just few tips that can help you make sure your manuscript is well organized for your reader’s sake! Editors can help you with this task, and help your manuscript become consistent and organized.
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