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Editorial Guidelines for Submittals

The Fairmont Press invites original manuscripts for publishing journal articles.

Manuscript Preparation:

Manuscripts should contain a title, list of authors, abstract, body, conclusions, text acknowledgments when appropriate, and references. The following are guidelines for organizing articles.

We prefer your copy be produced in Word. If this software is not available to you, the text should be saved in RTF (rich text format) or ASCII format (w/line breaks). Copy should be input with single spacing and indented one tab for each paragraph.

• Do not use automatic reference or footnote formats. When inserting footnotes or reference numbers, just TYPE THEM IN, in brackets, i.e., [23].

• Do not use automatic outlining or bullet format. TYPE IN your numbers, bullets, and letters, and simply once tab after them.

Automatic formats “fall out” when the document is moved into a page-layout program such as InDesign, so just don’t use them.

When submitting your article, also include a PDF of it in your email, or on your CD. Articles will be accepted in hard copy as well, but all graphics must be camera ready and in high resolution for printing. Electronic submission makes for a better end product.

Title:

The title should express the main point of the article and include the full names and company affiliations for all authors.

Abstract:

An abstract at the beginning should summarize the article and highlight significant new information and conclusions.

Introduction:

The introduction should outline the problem, its significance, and how it is being approached in the main body of the text.

Main Body:

This section develops the thought of the article. A good article normally presents the results with text, tables, and perhaps illustrations.

Conclusions:

A summary should state conclusions, final comments, and any necessary qualifications. Suggestions for further research might be appropriate here.

References:

A bibliography should list all references in order of their use in the text or in alphabetical order. Almost any professional presentation would be fine, but the references should show author name, title of article, title of book (if appropriate), publishing company, location, and date. Website addresses alone are fine.

Appendix:

Appendices should present supporting data not given in the body, or materials which are too detailed to include in the body. For example, spreadsheet calculations take too much room in the body. Alternatively, the author could show one set of calculations in the body and present the spreadsheet in the appendix.

Figures and Tables:

All artwork should be camera ready or electronic and at a resolution of 400 dpi or better, with clear titles and numbering. Screen captures do not produce well; avoid these low-resolution images when possible. Probably, a better strategy would be to make textual reference to the information and let readers check the site.

Biographical Sketch:

A biographical sketch should state the author’s affiliation and a very brief background sketch. Most importantly, it should state how a reader could contact the author. (Email is fine.) Readers will follow up on many articles.

Materials Review

The Fairmont Press offers “editor review” or “peer review.” The choice is entirely up to the author, but if neither is requested, the editor (Wayne Turner) will assume that editor review is desired. Editor review means the editor will review the article and make a decision. This is the fastest and simplest route to publication. Peer review means the editor will send the article to two or three reviewers and ask their opinion. Typically, they will ask for some changes before they approve publication. Once they give approval, the editor will publish the article and show “peer reviewed” after the title. This adds at least six months to the lead time and is more work for the author. However, peer-reviewed (referred) publications carry more weight on a résumé.

Copyright

A statement should be included in your cover letter transferring copyrights for the article to the Journal Publisher, The Fairmont Press.

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