Manuscript submission guidelines
Our aim is to transform your manuscript into an Ethics International Press published book, quickly and without any fuss. We have deliberately kept our guidelines short, and simple to follow.
Since most of our authors have deep experience of academia, please follow this one golden rule – treat your book manuscript with the same care as you would have treated your own thesis, and with the same standards you ask of your best students with their Master’s or Doctoral thesis.
We do not follow a ‘House Style’ as such. Your book will be read mostly by an academic audience – researchers, teachers, students – and by an academic-level practitioner audience. So make it appropriate for them. Just please be consistent in spelling protocols (such as s or z), and referencing style.
Submission form, and format
The manuscript should be submitted as an email attachment. It should be created in Microsoft Word, or compatible software, and composed in a ‘standard’ serif font such as Times New Roman, Century, Garamond or Palatino; or a ‘standard’ sans serif font such as Calibri, Verdana, or Arial.
You don’t need to follow a specific style when submitting your manuscript in Word. However, please ensure your heading levels (Chapter Head, sub-heading etc) are clear. Do use section headings, but don’t number sections or paragraphs.
If you wish to use emphasis in your text, use one only of bold, underline or italic. Don’t use CAPITALS. Please use emphasis very sparingly, if at all.
Direct quotations from speech should be in “double inverted commas”. Lengthy (more than two or three lines) text extracts should be identified with a double space before and after, or by indentation. Whichever style you choose for quotes, follow it consistently.
Please do always reference citations, particularly direct extracts. Apply the same (or greater) rigour and care to citations in your manuscript as you ask from your students (or as you were asked as a student).
Ethics International Press is an English language publisher. Words, phrases or Appendices in languages other than English are acceptable. We would not normally accept large sections of main text in another language, unless accompanied by a translation. If you are not able to produce a high standard of written English, you should consider engaging a copy editor, language editor, or co-author. We can recommend if required.
We do not have a standard for the various ‘Englishes’ (American English, Indian English etc). We encourage authors to use and keep their own ‘voice’. Please be consistent with spelling conventions (for example, don’t mix ‘organize’ and ‘organise’, unless using direct quotations. Pick one and stick to it).
Proof Reading and Copy Editing
Your work will be proof read but will not be extensively copy edited. This does not cover extensive language editing/rewriting. If you need this, you should consider engaging a copy editor, language editor, or co-author before submitting your manuscript. We can recommend if required.
Please use any available software (spell-check, grammar-check, etc) to give us a manuscript in good order.
Figures and tables
Please make sure figures and tables are all numbered and captioned. If a figure or table is not included in the text itself, ie it is submitted separately, please make sure that its position is clearly marked.
Rights and Permissions.
We cannot source rights and permissions on your behalf. We are happy to consider translations from other languages, but you must secure the rights from the original publisher(s). Any chapters, figures, tables, photographs, etc, which require permission, must have that permission granted before we can proceed with publication. We cannot meet rights and permission fees on your behalf.
We do not specify a reference style, though the Harvard (name, date) style is most common in academic work, and is preferred. Whichever style you use, please be consistent.
Any reference cited in the text must appear in the reference list. Items for further reading not directly referenced in the text should be noted as ‘Further Reading’ or similar.
Please do not ‘under-reference’. Direct quotations, particularly lengthy passages, must have a source quoted. If they do not, they will likely be picked up by plagiarism checks, which is not a good outcome.