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04 Components of Your Manuscript

These guidelines are designed to cover the main points to consider as you write and structure your work, and the key components that may be included in your manuscript and how to present them. Of course, not all components will be relevant to your work—if you are unsure which components you should be including please talk to your OUP Editor; your Contract may also outline these requirements.

Following these guidelines carefully will aid a smooth production process for any publication format and will help to reduce the level of queries during copy-editing and proof stages. Please aim for consistency in all aspects of the manuscript, whether it is style of writing, use of headings, presentation of features, or reference styles.

Please remember that your manuscript, including all preliminary pages and end matter items, should be complete before final submission.

We discuss naming of files and formatting here; OUP House Style is outlined here. Please bear in mind that your work may appear in a digital format now or in the future (as an e-book, or as part of an online product, for example) not just as a traditional printed book. This has implications for the way you write your text, in order to support all potential formats and functionality and these points are covered throughout these guidelines. If you need assistance or further information please contact your OUP Editor before you start writing.

Tip! If you are the editor of a multi-contributor volume, you will be responsible for ensuring that all contributions meet OUP requirements. You will need to prepare some elements (such as the prelims yourself). See Editing a Multi-Author Volume for further details.