Style Sheets

Sample Guidelines for the Submission of Manuscripts

A: General Guidelines
B: Style Sheet for 1:1 Manuscript Reproduction
C: Style Sheet for Manuscripts to be Reduced
D: Sample Camera-Ready Text
E: List of available electronic Stylesheets

Some of the books and electronic media of our production are not layouted by ourselves. In this case, part of the service we provide for our authors includes advice and individualized guidelines for the preparation of a camera-ready copy of the manuscript. Each book receives an individualized style sheet which helps the author to ensure that the text conforms to the requirements of the series in which the book will be published. The following are a list of general guidelines, a sample style sheet for the 1:1 reproduction of a manuscript to appear in the series Gur Monographs and remarks for authors who prefer their manuscript to be reduced, rather than have it printed in its original size. These are followed by a sample camera ready text from the series Culture Area Karakorum, Scientific Studies and a list of available electronic stylesheets (.pdf files).

We do not take any responsibility for manuscripts which are sent to us without prior consent or agreement.

A. General Guidelines

  1. These guidelines cannot be applied to each and every book. If your book deviates from the guidelines which follow, please contact us or the series editor(s) (see our publication series page to find the appropriate series editor). We do our best to accommodate each author's wishes. The most important rule of thumb is that a book be consistent.
  2. Please submit both a printed copy of your manuscript and a data storage medium copy in a converted Windows format.
  3. Number pages so that even-numbered pages fall on the left-hand side of the manuscript, while odd numbers fall on pages on the right-hand side.
  4. We set the first four pages of the manuscript (pre-title, series title, main title and CIP-page). Page 5, then, is the first page of the manuscript you submit. Please number your manuscript accordingly.
  5. Please submit a 200-word abstract of the manuscript, in German and in English (if possible), which we can use as a basis for designing advertising material.

B. Style Sheet for 1:1
(manuscript reproduction in original size)

Gur Monographs

  • Maximum Type Area: 12.5 x 21 cm (N.B.: This applies only to the series Gur Monographs, other series require different sizes, mostly 12 x 21 cm; please check with the series editors or the publisher)
  • Text:
    • Font: Times New Roman
    • Font Size: 11 pt.
    • Flush paragraphs (right and left margin justification, no indentation of first lines)
    • Line-spacing: 12 pt.
    • Paragraph-spacing: min. 6 pt. between paragraphs
  • Page Heading:
    • Chapter heading on left-hand page
    • Chapter sub-heading on right-hand page
    • Upper margin: 2cm
    • Centred column title, Times New Roman, Font size: 10 pt.
    • Page number at outside edge of page (opposite binding), Times New Roman, Font size: 10 pt.
  • Headings and sub-headings within text:
    • Chapter title: Times New Roman, 16 pt., bold, tab at 1 cm, flush paragraphs; line-spacing max. 12 pt., min. 9 pt.; indentation of 2nd line > hanging indent at 1 cm
    • Subtitle: Times New Roman, 12 pt., bold, italic, tab at 0.8 cm, flush paragraphs; line-spacing max. 9 pt., min. 6 pt.; indentation of 2nd line > hanging indent at 0.8 cm
    • Subtitle of the 2nd order: Times New Roman, 11 pt., bold, tab at 0.5 cm, flush paragraphs; line-spacing max. 6 pt., min. 4 pt.; indentation of 2nd line > hanging indent at 0.5 cm
    • Subtitle of the 3rd order: Times New Roman, 11 pt., bold, tab at 0.5 cm, flush paragraphs;line-spacing min. 6pt., max. 4 pt.; indentation of 2nd line > hanging indent at 0.5 cm
  • Footnotes:
    • Times New Roman
    • Font size: 9 pt.
    • Line-spacing: 10 pt.
    • Flush paragraphs
    • Paragraph spacing: min. 3 pt.
  • Quotations:
    • Times New Roman
    • Font size 10 pt.
    • Italic
    • Flush paragraphs
    • Line-spacing: 11 pt.
    • Left indentation: 1cm from main text margin
    • Paragraph-spacing: min. 6 pt.
  • Examples of target language:
    • Times New Roman
    • Font size: 10 pt.
    • Line-spacing: 11 pt.
    • Left-margin justification
    • Left margin indentation: 1cm
    • Paragraph-spacing: min. 6 pt.
  • Bibliography:
    • Font size: 11 pt.
    • Title/Journal title in italics
    • Flush paragraphs
    • Line-spacing: 12 pt.
    • Hanging indent at 0.5 cm
    • Tab at 0.5 cm
  • Sample book with one author:
    N'diaye, Bokar 1970. Groupes ethniques au Mali. Bamako: Editions populaires.
  • Sample selection in an anthology:
    Naden, Tony 1989. Gur. In: Bendor-Samuel, John T. (ed.) The Niger-Congo Languages. A classification and description of Africa's largest language family. Lanham, etc.: University Press of America, pp. 140-168.
  • Sample journal article:
    Nadkarni, Mangesh V. 1975. Bilingualism and Syntactic Change in Konkani. Language 51, (3), pp. 672-683.

C. Style Sheet for Manuscripts to be Reduced

We do not recommend that you choose to submit a manuscript to be reduced. This adds an unnecessary extra step to the printing process. For those authors who insist on submitting a manuscript to be reduced, please keep in mind that the more you enlarge the type area, the more you have to enlarge the font size, spacing, etc.


If your book will be reduced before printing by 20% you will have to use a font size and line-spacing that is increased by 25%, e.g. instead of font size = 10 pt. use 12,5pt., instead of line-spacing = 0.5 cm use 0.63 cm etc.

D. Example of Camera-Ready Text

The following example of a camera-ready text is taken from volume 4.II of the series Culture Area Karakorum, Scientific Studies.

N. Susumu: Diversity of Lineages in Ghizer, Northern Areas, Pakistan (PDF, 40 KB)
in: Irmtraud Stellrecht (Ed.): Karakorum–Hindukush–Himalaya: Dynamics of Change. CAK 4.II, pp. 405-415.

E. List of available electronic Stylesheets

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