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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines


House-Style Book Manuscript Editing Guidelines

Style: Line spacing for all texts, including cover pages, should be 1.5. Text should be aligned to the right side of the page, with standard margins of 1 inch on all sides (A4). Except for extremely large charts, tables, and figures, all text should be presented in Times New Roman, size=12.

Language: Names, terms, and abbreviations will all be spelled correctly throughout the entire book using British English (British/UK Spelling).

Tables and Figures: The captions for tables should appear at the top, and those for figures should appear at the base. After the caption, you can include the source (Optional). Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals from the first to the last chapter (e.g., Table 1, 2, 3 and Figure 1, 2, 3 etc.).

References: When citing sources within the academic realm, the most recent APA style (see the APA 7th Edition Manual) is preferred unless the editorial board specifically recommends another. Those cited in the text must also be listed in the reference section, while those whose work is not cited in the text need not be included. The reference list must contain both published and unpublished materials. Except for the numbered system of sequential citation, all references should be listed alphabetically.

Back Matter: Various supplementary materials, such as an appendix, glossary, and/or index, as well as a References list, can be tacked on at the end of the book.

Editon Book Layout

  • Cover Page (Cover Designed using the UF House-style)
  • Title Page
  • Copyright page
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement (optional)
  • Contents (Use Arabic numerals for all chapter titles, beginning with chapter 1, and continuing on through the book.)
  • Abbreviation/acronyms (A glossary or list of abbreviations should be included if the manuscript uses numerous acronyms or other shorthand notations.)
  • Foreword – A review that is written by a specialist in the field and serves as a recommendation for the book. At the conclusion of the foreword, the author's name will be listed.
  • Preface (relating to the book itself, including its purpose, intended readers, structural layout, or list of authors.)
  • Body –Introduction (The book's first chapter should be the introduction, and subsequent chapters should flow based on its content. History, terminology, and methods should be in the second or third chapter before the findings. In thesis-based books, research questions, objectives, conceptual framework, and study importance can be changed to the book's relevance at the end of chapter 1.)
  • Final chapter – Summary/Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Appendices (Optional)
  • The author(s) MUST provide at least 10 key words per chapter.

Formal Style and Text Formatting

The senior editor at Editon will double-check every professionally edited manuscript for proper style. Each edition adheres to a set of rules based on the book's subject area and the way in which its contents are laid out.



A typical thesis

A good scholarly book


Often book-like



Often a lower limit, but not always an upper limit

Limited by market forces



Writer (with obligations to readers)

Author purpose

To prove competence and academic credentials

To communicate ideas


Panel of examiners

Colleagues and anyone else interested in the subject

Readership purpose

To examine student



Exposition required

Absorbed and built on

Scholarship role

To demonstrate knowledgeability

To frame discourse

Treatment of


Often highly technical and very detailed

Avoids unnecessary technical detail


Often obscure, abstract and heavy on jargon

Clear with judicious use of technical terms where needed



Organic unity, narrative thread

Narrative flow

Orderly exposition but argument not built; often excessive signposting

Builds argument, linking chapters with subtlety; has pace and momentum


Detailed description required

Description only if and when relevant


Often far more than strictly necessary Feedback from supervisor; final assessment by panel of examiners

Only what is necessary Publisher’s commercial assessment, peer-review process and editorial input.

Evaluation –before& after

Publisher’s commercial assessment, peer-review process and editorial input-after Formal defense.

Peer reactions in journals and other external forums


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another press for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in the Microsoft Word, RTF, or OpenDocument file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Press.

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