We request that you not submit your complete manuscript unless an editor has invited you to do so.
Your proposal should include a cover letter that includes a narrative description (2-4 typescript pages) of the proposed book's content and scope and an argument for the book's importance, as a rationale for publishing by the Ohio University Press. Why is this book needed? What will it contribute? How does it compare with other literature on the subject? Who is the audience for this book?
Your proposal should also include:
A table of contents
A sample chapter, or two
The anticipated length of the manuscript
The anticipated date of completion (if still a work-in-progress)
An up-to-date copy of your curriculum vitae
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Ohio University Press Submissions
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Submitting a Manuscript
If an editor has requested a full manuscript for review, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:
Submit a hard copy of the manuscript. At the review stage, computer disk copy is not required.
Manuscript copy should be double-spaced, on standard 8½" × 11" paper. Margins should be at least 1" on all sides. Dot matrix print is only acceptable if it is near-letter quality. Text should be unjustified (ragged right margin).
Pages should be consecutively numbered and printed on one side only.
A total word and/or character count for the work should be given. All text, including tables, charts, graphs, and illustrations, should be submitted. Text should include a table of contents, preface or introduction, all chapters, notes, bibliography, appendices or supplementary materials, and any other text to be included in the work.
In general, Ohio University Press follows the stylistic guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style and asks that authors prepare their manuscripts accordingly.
All explanatory notes should be prepared as endnotes and placed at the end of the text. Ohio University Press does not accept footnotes, typed at the bottom of corresponding pages. Endnotes should also be prepared in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style.
Please provide full information about the permissions that have been or will have to be procured for quoted material and/or illustrations.
Guidelines and Checklists for the Submission of a Final Manuscript