Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for The Coastal Review: An Online Peer-reviewed Journal
This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to The Coastal Review: An Online Peer-reviewed Journal.
- Please type your articles in Microsoft Word (PC, Windows). If you use MS Word save as an MS Word file. Your MS Word file will automatically will be converted to a PDF file upon publication.
- General Order Summary: Body Text, Bibliography, Endnotes (if included).
- No separate sections, divisions or font changes.
- One inch margins for all text.
- Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors.
- Do not include title page or abstract in manuscript.
- Regardless of the language of your paper, your abstract must be written in English (80-100 words).
- Document settings must be set to full justified.
- Font for the body text and bibliography: Arial, 12 points. Font for notes: Arial, 10 points.
- Body text, bibliography, and notes must follow the latest MLA style sheet (8th edition) rules. For a quick, general reference guide, check the OWL Purdue MLA Formatting and Style Guide. (Note: Except for the additional guidelines for The Coastal Review as noted in Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines: Additional Recommendations.)
- Body Text: All paragraphs single-spaced, indent paragraphs, no space between paragraphs.
- If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
- Copyedit your manuscript.
- When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.
Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification
Indent all paragraphs except those following a section heading. An indent should be at least 2 em-spaces.
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.
Don't "widow" or "orphan" text (i.e., ending a page with the first line of a paragraph or beginning a page with the last line of a paragraph).
All text should be justified (except where indented).
Language & Grammar
ALL SUBMISSIONS (abstracts, panel proposals) should be written in either English or one of the following languages: French, Spanish, or German.
Authors should use proper, standard grammar appropriate to your language area. The latest MLA style sheet (8th edition) is the "standard" guide. For a quick, general reference guide, check the OWL Purdue MLA Formatting and Style Guide. (Note: Except for the additional guidelines for The Coastal Review as noted in Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines: Additional Recommendations.)
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. (Appropriate length would be approximately between 4000 to 7000 words, or 9 to 15.5 pages, Arial 12, single-spaced, fully justified.)
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.
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 by using the same font (Arial, 12 point) but bolded.
Whenever possible, titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.
Endnotes should be in 10 pt. Arial. The individual endnotes should be single spaced but one space between notes. For further instructions, follow the MLA style sheet (8th edition) rules. For a quick, general reference guide, check the OWL Purdue MLA Formatting and Style Guide. (Note: Except for the additional guidelines for The Coastal Review as noted in Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines: Additional Recommendations.) Excessively long endnotes are probably better handled in an appendix. All endnotes should be full-justified.
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" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.
Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables should be italicized. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicized. Whenever possible, subscripts and superscripts should be a smaller font size than the main text.
It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. After the last sentence of your submission, please insert a line break—not a page break—and begin your references on the same page, if possible. References should appear right after the end of the document, beginning on the last page if possible. References should have margins that are both full-justified. For reference details, please follow the MLA style sheet (8th edition) rules. For a quick, general reference guide, check the OWL Purdue MLA Formatting and Style Guide. (Note: Except for the additional guidelines for The Coastal Review as noted in Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines: Additional Recommendations.)