Handy Guidebook for Authors

Chicago Guide To Preparing Electronic Manuscripts: For Authors and Publishers. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1987. 156 pp. $25 HB. $9.95 PB Any scientist who is writing a book should be aware of this nifty guide on how to format a manuscript using a word processor or computer. The conventional publishing process requires a typesetting house to re-key all of the manuscript. Clearly, if the author's keystrokes can be captured in some way, there should be savings of time and cost. In pract

Simon Mitton
Jun 14, 1987
Chicago Guide To Preparing Electronic Manuscripts: For Authors and Publishers. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1987. 156 pp. $25 HB. $9.95 PB


Any scientist who is writing a book should be aware of this nifty guide on how to format a manuscript using a word processor or computer. The conventional publishing process requires a typesetting house to re-key all of the manuscript. Clearly, if the author's keystrokes can be captured in some way, there should be savings of time and cost. In practice this is difficult to achieve for all sorts of reasons: incompatibilities of hardware and software, inconsistent keying by the author, inexperience on the part of authors and their publishers, and the fact that a carefully designed package of conventional type uses a range of font styles and sizes.

The editors at the University of Chicago Press have produced an excellent set of instructions for authors and...

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