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Prepare your book manuscript

Prepare your book manuscript with our author guidelines for books and book series. Submit your manuscript to your commissioning editor. 

Writing support

Your editorial team will be in touch regularly to check on progress and help you throughout the writing phase, we also have author how-to guides and manuscript services to support you.

Read or download our author guidelines before you submit your manuscript. 

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Author how-to guides

Read our expert how-to guides on planning, structuring and revising your work. 

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Manuscript services

We work in partnership with Editage who can help you with language editing and translation, visuals, consulting, or anything else required to get your research submission-ready. 

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Order of material

Place your material in the following order for each chapter.

  • Title page (Title, Author(s), Affiliations)
  • Running head (up to 65 characters in length)
  • Abstract
  • Main text
  • Try to subdivide into sections using headings/subheadings
  • Headings of sections and subsections must be short, clearly defined and not numbered
  • Acknowledgements (if applicable)
  • Appendix (if applicable)
  • References
  • Figures (if applicable)
  • Tables (if applicable)

Abstract & keywords

You will be asked to supply an abstract of 250 words maximum. Each chapter in an edited collection needs an abstract. Include as many keywords as you can in this abstract so your book or chapters are easy to discover online. Please also provide up to six keywords which encapsulate the principal topics of the book or chapter.

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Direct quotations

Provide the quote source and the page or paragraph number in brackets at the end of the quotation. Include:

  • Author
  • Year
  • Specific page citation or paragraph number


  • Appendices will be placed at the end of the reference section and should follow this format.
  • If a chapter contains two appendices, the first appendix should be named as Appendix A and the second appendix should be named as Appendix B.
  • The numbering of the figures and tables in the appendix should be named as A1, A2, A3, etc., even if there is only one appendix.
  • If Appendix A has three equations, the equations should be named as A.1, A.2 and A.3.


Your references should use the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition style. See our example references below, or find out more on the APA website.


Before you submit your manuscript, you should clear permission to use any content that you have not created. We are unable to publish any material that has permission pending.

The rights we require are:

  • Non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the article or book chapter
  • Print and electronic rights
  • Worldwide English language rights
  • To use the material for the life of the work (in other words, there should be no time restrictions on the re-use of material, for example a one-year licence)

When you submit your manuscript, you should complete a permissions checklist form and attach it to the chapter copyright transfer agreement form. Visit our permissions page for more information.

Figures, tables & illustrations

  • Make sure that tables/figures/illustrations are complete with necessary superscripts shown, both next to the relevant items and with the corresponding explanations or levels of significance shown as footnotes in the tables and figures.
  • Submit all figures electronically (charts, diagrams and line drawings)
  • Figures should be of clear quality, and numbered consecutively e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2
  • If any figure has sub-parts please label as Figure 1a, Figure 1b
  • Number tables consecutively e.g. Table 1, Table 2
  • Submit high resolution illustrations and label them clearly with the chapter and figure number.
  • Supply succinct and clear captions for all tables, figures and plates.
  • You can supply colour graphics, they will in colour online but will be printed in black and white.
  • In the text of the chapter, the preferred position of all figures/illustrations should be indicated by typing on a separate line the words “Take in figure (No.)” or “Take in plate (No.)”. Type and included any tables as part of the manuscript rather than as graphic elements.

Word count

Your contract will specify an agreed maximum word count.

Transparency & openness

We are a signatory of the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines, a framework that supports the reproducibility of research through the adoption of transparent research practices. As a result, we encourage you to:

  • Cite and fully reference all data, programme code, and other methods in your manuscript.
  • Include persistent identifiers, such as a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), in references for datasets and programme codes.
  • Follow relevant international and national procedures whenever you cite data.

Your next steps

Your editor may commission a final review of your manuscript. Our editorial team will then check through your final manuscript before we put it into production.

Understand the production process

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Understand the publishing process

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