University of Iowa Press
119 West Park Road
100 Kuhl House
Iowa City IA 52242-1000
Before you send your final manuscript to us for copyediting, please check the following list. If you have any questions about a particular requirement, first check the University of Iowa Press website. If you still have questions, please contact me or your acquiring editor. Thank you!
____All the elements in your manuscript should be easy to identify and in the order in which you want them to appear in the book.
____DO NOT embed artwork into your text file.
____Avoid the use of macros of any kind in your manuscript.
____Double-space all text, including table of contents, indented extracts, poetry, bibliography, captions, tables and charts, and endnotes.
____Use 12-point type.
____Do not substitute l (the letter “el”) for 1 (the number one).
____Either italic type or underlining is fine to indicate text that should be set in italics, but do not combine the two.
____To indicate paragraphs,
use an indent rather than an additional hard return. Use the extra space only
where you wish a space break in the book to indicate a major change of
____Make your margins (top, bottom, left, and right) at least 1 inch.
____Type all titles and
subheadings in caps and lowercase (Like This One) rather than in full caps
(LIKE THIS ONE). Note that all prepositions and articles are lowercase except
at the beginning of the title or subtitle (The Fine Art of Subheadings).
____If possible, group your
notes at the back of the book, just before the bibliography. If your book is an
edited collection, in which case the notes can stay with the chapter. In
either case, number the notes starting over from 1 in each chapter. If your word processing program will not group the notes in the back of the book, just make a note in your
cover letter to us and we will handle this here. USE YOUR SOFTWARE’S BUILT-IN ENDNOTES FEATURE so that notes can be easily moved, combined, or deleted without
having to renumber them by hand.
____Number the pages
consecutively throughout the manuscript. If your computer program automatically
renumbers with each chapter, leave off automatic page numbering and
instead hand-number the pages (preferably in the upper-right-hand corner).
____Do not right-justify your text. (Exception: In poetry books, individual poems may be formatted in this way.)
____Do not use headers or footers (other than page numbers).
____Use the same font (both
type and size) throughout the manuscript. Do not assign “styles” to achieve
different formats for subheads, block quotes, paragraph indents, etc.
The default or “normal” style should be the only one in your manuscript.
____Include all parts of the
manuscript that you wish to appear in the completed book: dedication, table of
contents, acknowledgments, appendixes, etc. Do not add page
numbers to the table of contents, as this will obviously change once the book is typeset.
____If a chapter has more
than one level of subhead, differentiate them visually with centering,
underlining, etc. or, preferably, by typing (using angle brackets) <A>,
<B>, <C> at
the beginning of each subhead.
____In a list of references,
for successive works by the same author, use six hyphens (i.e., ------) in
place of the author’s name after the first appearance, and alphabetize the
entries by the title of the book or article.
____Do not include an index. This step will come later.
____Please use your computer’s spell check function. It won’t catch everything, but every little bit helps!
____Once you have correctly formatted your manuscript, save it to your hard drive and print out two copies to submit to us with your electronic files.
We need only ONE copy of the disk or CD, or you can e-mail electronic copy to us as an attachment.
____Put everything in one document, from the title page to the last page of the text. Do not send us separate files for each chapter.
____Once you’ve put the book
files on a disk or CD or e-mailed them to us, do not make any changes to the
hard copy. Your final printed copy must
match the electronic
____Label the disk or CD. Is
it PC or Mac? Which software program have you used? Which version of that
software? Include a printed directory of
the contents for each disk
or CD submitted.
____Include TWO single-sided
copies of the entire manuscript, printed from your FINAL computer files. IT IS
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT MAKE CHANGES
TO THE FILES ONCE YOU HAVE PRINTED OUT FINAL COPY. The electronic copy and hard copy must match exactly.