Author Tips

Top-down approach

Start from structuring an entire book rather than polishing individual chapters first. Outline the key concepts for each chapter to make sure the content flows smoothly and logically

The less, the better

If deleting a sentence makes no difference in understanding your concept, it is better to get it removed. Technical writing and fiction writing are not the same: make your style concise and crystal clear.

Focus on your audience

Target the potential audience to ensure that the manuscript is neither too complicated nor too trivial. Keep the same accessible level throughout the entire book and do not mix the extremes.

In the readers’ shoes

Avoid untimely editing

Editing as you go is a weak praactice. Rather than writing a few sentences and polishing to perfection, try completing a whole notional part - as long as possible.

Delivery and Publication

Finally, your book is printed and we check its quality. We will send advanced copies to you, reviewers, and contributors. After the last cor rections are done, we start commercial printing through one of our contractor print house. We distribute your book via our developed sale network and by direct marketing.

Avoid a content bubble

The worst technical books are these that include a huge amount of reference documents like examples of agreements or operating manuals. Cannot make a decent volume without these? It is better not to start it at all.

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Preparing Your Maniscript

Basic requirements for Word Processing. To facilitate the typesetting of your work, we accept only manuscripts submitted in electronic format. We encourage you to use WordPerfect (preferable) or MS Word for windows. Since we use Adobe InDesign for publishing, we also accept InDesign format (CS2, 3, 4). We provide authors familiar with the InDesign platform with the relevant templates and styles for texts and graphics.

Formatting your manuscriptSince we have to reformat your manuscript draft to match our typesetting requirement, it is better you to format your text as simple as possible. When formatting your manuscript, please follow these basic rules:

1Text Style
Format the basic text in plain type, flush left, 1.5 space. All of the text should be entered using regular uppercase and lowercase letters. Never use Caps Lock. Please, use Times New Roman for all texts except mathematical symbols. For mathematical symbols we recommend using Euclid Symbol and Euclid Extra fonts, which we can provide. Be sure that you always use the numeral keys for numbers and the letter keys for letters.

2Mathematical Equations
Those should be prepared separately using MathType processor. We prefer Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) format for equations.

3Figures and Graphics
The illustrations should be prepared separately also. We recommend using the following graphic editing software: CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe PhotoShop (for non-vector graphics). If you are unable to provide the one of the above formats, please submit your illustrations in any form, and our technical editors will prepare the required conversion.

Tables has to be submitted separately as word processing files. Please, use Arial font size 9 for the table content and headers. All your tables will be compiled according to our publishing formats.

5Headers and Footers
Since Adobe InDesign does not support headers and footers, please do not use the header or footer functions of your word processing program. We will have to do it manually, when formatting your manuscript.

6Spacing and Tabs
Please, do not use the space bar or the Tab more than once at a time. When using the Tab key, you may ignore setting the correct distances to make your writing good looking. All we need is just Tab symbol put in a correct place.

Make all paragraphs flush left. Do not use a hard return. To separate paragraphs from headings, insert a blank line.

Make your heading system as simple as possible, for example using standard formats (level-1, level-2, etc.) provided with your word processor. We require only unification of all the heading through the whole manuscript.

You may use any recognized style of your references lists. We recommend using The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition. See pp. 637-699, for the detailed explanation and numerous examples.

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