Suggestions for Prospective Authors
This advice is intended as a general guide for authors with completed or nearly completed manuscripts. The Althouse Press, however, invites prospective authors to discuss particular plans or publishing proposals at any time. Although the commitment to publish is not normally made by the Press until a manuscript has been completed and reviewed, we are pleased to offer advice on potential manuscripts or manuscripts in preparation.
Publication mandate: The Althouse Press publishes both scholarly research monographs in education, and professional books and materials for educators in elementary schools, secondary schools, and faculties of education. The Press, however, does not normally publish curricular or instructional materials intended for use by elementary or secondary school students.
PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS
NB: The Press rarely accepts raw theses for review for possible publication. Authors should carefully consider the differences between a thesis and a book and how they might transform their thesis into a book manuscript. To this end the Press recommends authors consult any number of books on the subject of publishing one?s thesis. One good example is The Thesis and the Book (University of Toronto Press, 1976). Alternatively, one may wish to submit a proposal for publication that outlines the current thesis and how the author intends to revise it into a coherent and marketable book.
ALL MANUSCRIPTS RECEIVED THAT ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR REVIEW WILL BE SHREDDED AND ONLY THE CDs CONTAINING THE ELECTRONIC FILES WILL BE RETURNED TO THE AUTHORS.
Form: All manuscripts sent to the Press should be (a) typed double-spaced and (b) complete (except for the index) and in final form. We require three review copies of each submission as well as a CD-Rom containing the electronic files, preferably in WordPerfect format. (The "master" copy of the typescript must be retained by the author. The Althouse Press accepts no responsibility for, although it will take care to safeguard, all submitted materials.) Please do not send your manuscript to us by email.
Please note that we ask that you place two spaces at the end of every sentence and after colons and that you use Canadian or British spellings.
Please note that the electronic copy of the manuscript should not come to us as one large file. Please break up your files by chapter and name them accordingly.
Style Manual: Although The Althouse Press may apply its own house style, manuscripts may be prepared according to the specifications of any standard style manual (see list of manuals below). Paragraphs, sub-headings, references, spellings, etc., should follow the recommendations of the selected style manual, and be consistent. Please take care to avoid the use of sexist or other forms of exclusionary or stereotyping language.
Preliminary Pages: Please attach copy for the preliminary pages of your book. Separate pages should normally be prepared for:
- Half-title page (title only)
- List of your other works
- Title page (full title and your name exactly as you wish it to appear in print)
- Copyright page (most of which will be compiled by The Althouse Press)
- List of contents
- List of the tables, figures, and illustrations
- Preface and/or introduction
- Acknowledgements (see Copyright note about permissions)
- List of Symbols or Abbreviations
References: If a manuscript includes footnotes or references, they should be listed either at the end of each chapter or at the end of the book in a separate section.
Copyright: A standard interpretation of the copyright law permits the use of brief quotations for purposes of criticism, review, or illustration without obtaining the copyright holder's permission, but acknowledgement of source, author, and publisher must be made. For extended quotations, permission of the copyright owner must be obtained in writing, and a copy of each letter giving such permission should be submitted with the author's manuscript. Note of permissions should be made in the Acknowledgements page and/or in the body of the text. The author is responsible for payment of copyright fees should any be charged.
Tables and Figures: Number all tables, figures, diagrams, maps, and other illustrations throughout the typescript (or, as appropriate, through each chapter). Each table, etc., should appear on a separate sheet (apart from the written text) with its text location marked (e.g., "Insert table here") on a separate line, centred within the text. Consult a style manual for details. If the author intends to submit "original" art work for such tables, etc., please consult the Press before doing so.
Book Design: The design of a book, its cover, and promotional materials are the responsibility of The Althouse Press. However, we welcome an author's advice and recommendations on these matters.
Proofs: An author will be expected to correct the initial proofs of the printed text, but not the final page proofs.
Edited Collections: Please obtain from The Althouse Press advice concerning the submission of manuscripts consisting of a collection of articles.
Not all manuscripts submitted to The Althouse Press can be accepted for publication. Expert opinion on each manuscript will be sought from appropriate scholar-referees. The final decision on the acceptance of a manuscript is made by the Publications Committee at the Faculty of Education. Under normal circumstances, a manuscript will be reviewed for publication within three months.
Whenever possible, arrangements are made with other publishers in either Britain or the United States to co-publish a manuscript accepted by The Althouse Press. The assistance of the author may be required in making these arrangements.
Below are listed several style manuals. Some (especially Turabian or Messenger and DeBruyn) are more suitable for historical or humanistic manuscripts, while others (especially the APA Publication Manual or The Chicago Manual of Style) are more frequently used for social scientific manuscripts.
American Psychological Association. Publication Manual (5th ed.). Washington: A.P.A.,2001.
Barzun, J., & Graff, H.F. The Modern Researcher. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1970.
Fowler, H.R. The Little, Brown Handbook (2nd ed.). Toronto: Little Brown, 1983.
Messenger, W.E., & DeBruyn, J. The Canadian Writer's Handbook. Scarborough: Prentice-Hall, 1980.
The Chicago Manual of Style (15th rev. ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Turabian, K.L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (5th ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.
Wiles, R.M. Scholarly Reporting in the Humanities (4th rev. ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970.
POSTAL AND ELECTRONIC-MAIL ADDRESSES FOR THE ALTHOUSE PRESS:
The postal address for all communications is:
Director of Publications,
The Althouse Press,
Faculty of Education,
The University of Western Ontario,
1137 Western Road,
London, Ontario, Canada N6G 1G7
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org