Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Consensus
This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Consensus.
- Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors.
- Write your article in English (unless the journal expressly permits non-English submissions).
- Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file MS Word file.
- Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
- All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1 inch, including your tables and figures.
- Use a single column layout with both left and right margins justified.
- Main Body—12 pt. Cambria (or Times if necessary
- Footnotes—10 pt.
- If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps). Ensure you have the rights to use the any images or graphics.
- Copyedit your manuscript.
While not required to be completed by the author, the following specifications are used in the final format
Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification
Indent all paragraphs
Do not insert extra space between paragraphs of text with the exception of long quotations, theorems, propositions, special remarks, etc. These should be set off from the surrounding text by additional space above and below.
All text should be fully-justified (i.e., flush with the left and right margin)
Language & Grammar
All submissions must be in English. Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided.
Authors should use proper, standard English grammar. Follow the The Chicago Manual of Style wherever possible.
Because this journal publishes electronically, page limits are not as relevant as they are in the world of print publications. We are happy, therefore, to let authors take advantage of this greater "bandwidth" to include material that they might otherwise have to cut to get into a print journal. This said, authors should exercise some discretion with respect to length. Take a look at previous submissions to get a better idea.
Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, etc., however, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black & white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.
Please ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to "accept all changes" in track changes or set your document to "normal" in final markup.)
Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.
Except, possibly, where special symbols are needed, use Cambria (default black) or the closest comparable font available.
Whenever possible, foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.
Headings (e.g., start of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text. Use the MS Word Style set (2010) if possible. There should be space above and below headings.
Whenever possible, titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.
Full endnotes (Chicago Style) should appear at the end of the article in 10 pt. font, single spaced. Footnote symbols may be used for short notes of clarification. All notes (foot or end) must follow, rather than precede, punctuation. Excessively long footnotes are probably better handled in an appendix. All footnotes should be left and right-justified (i.e., flush with the right margin).
Tables and Figures
To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.5" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.