Instructions for Authors

Welcome to the Instructions for Authors writing for the Global Academic Business Division of Oxford University Press.

Within this Division you will be writing for one of our specialist publishing areas. While our Instructions for Authors are largely generic, there are subtle differences that account for subject and discipline conventions, and you will be advised by your OUP Editor if there are any specific deviations from these guidelines that you must adopt.

If you are not yet contracted to write for OUP, please make contact with an appropriate Commissioning Editor. The Commissioning Editor will be able to tell you whether your work will be suitable for publication by OUP before you start trying to adapt your work to our requirements.

If you are writing a legal text, please also visit Additional Guidelines for Law Authors for additional instructions.


Before you begin writing please ensure that you familiarize yourself with all of the main sections of these Instructions. In addition, you may find some of the Appendices relevant to your work, and your OUP Editor will direct you towards these if appropriate.

Essential Principles for Authors

When writing your text, there are ten key principles which you should follow.

Video Guides for Authors

Please view our Video Guides for Authors for in-depth information and visual examples on key aspects of manuscript preparation. These cover:

  • structure and headings
  • in-text features
  • cross-referencing
  • abstracts and keywords

About Oxford Dictionaries

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The site offers quick access to definitions of words, phrases, and idioms; expert guidance on style and usage, grammar, and spelling. Specialist guides for professional writers are available with a Gold subscription. This includes New Hart’s Rules: The Handbook of Style for Writers and Editors (Oxford University Press, 2005), a useful source of additional information on many aspects of writing and style. Please note that where there are differences between the Instructions for Authors and New Hart's Rules, the Instructions for Authors should take precedence.

If you are contracted to write for OUP, you are eligible to receive free access to an Oxford Dictionaries Gold subscription; please ask your OUP Editor for further information.

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