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Author Guidelines

This guide is to assist authors whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication by Palgrave Macmillan. It will help you to prepare artwork so that it will be processed as quickly and smoothly as possible, and give the best possible results in the final printed version. Please follow these instructions carefully.

File formats

We prefer:

FormatResolution/Notes
Adobe Illustrator or Encapsulated PostScript (*.AI or *.EPS)For vector and composite images: minimum resolution for bitmap content of 300dpi (dots per inch) at final printed size. Fonts to be included.
Adobe Photoshop (*.PSD)Please supply with any layers intact.
CorelDraw (*.CDR) from version 8For vector and composite images: minimum resolution for bitmap content of 300dpi at final printed size. Fonts to be included.
Freehand (*.FHX)For vector and composite images: minimum resolution for bitmap content of 300dpi at final printed size. Fonts to be included.

We can accept:

FormatResolution/Notes
TIFFMinimum resolution of 300dpi at the size the image is to appear in print. If the figure contains text minimum resolution is 400dpi and 600dpi where it contains small text or other fine detail. Compress only if file size is large.
MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS ExcelMinimum resolution of 300dpi for halftone images and 1000dpi for line art. Generate postscript files by using ‘Print to file’. To do this, open the image in its native application, go into the ‘print’ menu and change the destination from ‘printer’ to ‘file’ (or click on ‘print to file’). This will write a Postscript (.ps or .prn) file.
JPEGMinimum resolution of 300dpi (72dpi files are not useable) at the size the image is to appear in print. If the figure contains text minimum resolution is 400dpi and 600dpi where it contains small text or other fine detail. Compress only if file size large. Please supply the highest possible quality (between 10 and 12) to prevent reduction of quality.
Acrobat PDFUse ‘Print PDF’ or ‘Press PDF’ settings. Always use embed fonts option in the job options setting (fonts tab). For composite images – min. resolution of 300dpi at final printed size.
PICTMinimum resolution of 300dpi (72dpi files are not useable) at the size the image is to appear in print. If the figure contains text, minimum resolution is 400dpi, and 600dpi where it contains small text or other fine detail. Compress only if file size is large.
Canvas version 9-
DeltaGraph version 5.6-
Sigma Plot 9-

We cannot accept: Canvas before version 3.5, DeltaGraph before version 5.6. Where manuscripts are submitted as TeΧ files, we accept graphics in EPS or TIF formats.

Image types

Raster formats (bitmapped images) are best suited to photographs and scans (we prefer Photoshop or TIFF files). Line (or vector) formats are best for graphs and schematic diagrams.

Colour artwork

Some, but not all, Palgrave Macmillan journals publish colour artwork. For these journals, remember that there is a charge for reproducing print figures in colour, so if colour is not a significant element in your figures, we recommend that you supply them in a greyscale format (Excel bar graphs, for example), or indicate clearly that greyscale reproduction is acceptable. Otherwise, we may send you a form detailing the applicable colour charges, and asking you to confirm whether you want to proceed with colour printing.

The colour printing process requires files to be in CMYK format.

We prefer authors to convert their artwork to CMYK format before submission – this means that the author can approve any change in colour that occurs during the conversion process.

However, conversion from RGB to CMYK is very critical and depends upon profiles, so if you are not well versed with conversion, please supply the RGB files. We will convert these with standard profiles, so as to minimize the loss in colours.

Presentation of figures

Lettering should be:

  • In a sans serif typeface (preferably Helvetica or Arial)
  • In the same typeface throughout
  • Not placed directly over images or shaded areas
  • Bold upright (not italic) and lowercase when labelling multipart figures
  • Between 6 and 8 point for labels

Figure sizing should:

  • Be as small as possible (for reasons of space in the journal)
  • Be supplied in a comparable size to similar figures in printed issues of the journal
  • Be able to fit into a single column of the printed journal wherever possible
  • Be able to be reduced significantly without loss of quality wherever possible
  • Ensure that lettering will remain readable after reduction (avoid large type or thick lines) – we recommend that lines are between 0.5 and 1 point

 

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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
 

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, with the work [SPECIFY PERIOD OF TIME] after publication simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

Reproducing copyrighted material in articles – clearing permissions

The author bears the responsibility for checking whether material submitted is subject to copyright or ownership rights, e.g. figures, tables, photographs, illustrations, trade literature and data. The author will need to obtain permission to reproduce any such items, and include these permissions with their final submission. Where use is so restricted, the Editor/editorial office and Publisher must be informed with the final submission of the material. Please see further guidance on the use of 3rd party materials below. Please add any necessary acknowledgments to the typescript, preferably in the form of an Acknowledgments section at the end of the paper. Credit the source and copyright of photographs, figures, illustrations etc. in the accompanying captions.

Copyright

It is our policy to ask all contributors to transfer the copyright in their contribution to the journal owner. There are two broad reasons for this:

  • ownership of copyright by the journal owner facilitates international protection against infringement of copyright, libel or plagiarism;
  • it also ensures that requests by third parties to reprint or reproduce a contribution, or part of it, in either print or electronic form, are handled efficiently in accordance with our general policy which encourages dissemination of knowledge within the framework of copyright.

As an author and contributor you retain many rights. These are detailed at the link below. The journal mandates the Copyright Clearance Center in the USA and the Copyright Licensing Agency in the UK to offer centralized licensing arrangements for photocopying in their respective territories.

 

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