Before You Write

Details and Guidelines to Keep in Mind for Your Manuscript Submission

Please carefully follow the guidelines below as you write. Any manuscripts not meeting these guidelines will be returned to the author(s) for correction, which can cause significant delays in the publication of your work.

Required Word Counts
Please ensure that your manuscript follows the word count requirements specific to your publication format. If you are writing a book chapter, an easy way to determine the format of your book is to look at its title. Case books, encyclopedias, and handbooks of research will have the names of their formats included in their titles (e.g., "Handbook of Research on. . ."). Edited book titles will not include any of these phrases.

  • 7,000-10,000 words (Edited book chapter)
  • 10,000-12,000 words (Handbook of research chapter)
  • 7,000-10,000 words (Case book chapter)
  • 5,000-7,500 words* (Encyclopedia article) (*word count ranges may vary from project-to-project)
  • 5,000-7,000 words (Journal article)

All manuscripts must

  • be submitted in Microsoft® Word.
  • be typewritten in English
  • be written in objective third person point of view throughout (Use "the authors" or "the researchers" NOT "I" or "we")
  1. Originality of manuscripts. Only ORIGINAL submissions will be accepted for publication. Manuscripts may not have been previously published or be submitted for publication elsewhere.
  2. Simultaneous Submissions. No manuscript may be submitted to two IGI Global publications at the same time. However, a manuscript rejected from one book or journal may be resubmitted to a different book or journal currently in process.
  3. Revised manuscripts. IGI Global will not publish a manuscript that is a “revised” version of a manuscript that you published elsewhere. In order to be considered original, a manuscript must be at least 80% new material with no more than 200 consecutive words (properly cited) repeated verbatim from any previously published work.
  4. Teaching notes. If you are writing a case study, please provide supplemental teaching notes as a separate document from your manuscript. These notes will be provided to readers interested in adopting your work as course material. Case Support Material Guidelines
  5. Copyright. For those already familiar with IGI Global's publication process, please note that PDF copyright agreements are no longer accepted. As part of the manuscript submission process, you and your authors will be asked to sign the Author’s Warranty and Transfer of Copyright Agreement digitally.
  6. Plagiarism. IGI Global takes concerns of plagiarism very seriously. All manuscripts are checked for plagiarized passages prior to being accepted for publication. Please ensure that all information taken from outside sources is properly cited and that all thoughts are composed in your own words. All instances of plagiarism will be immediately returned to the authors for correction and may be cause for removal of the manuscript from the publication.

    Click here to view the full IGI Global Statement on Ethical Publishing Practices.
  7. Titles. Titles may be no longer than 100 characters. Subtitles, if included, may be no longer than 50 characters.
    • Note that all titles must be entered in title case. To put a title in title case, the first letter of each word should be capitalized unless that word is a preposition (position words such as “by,” “to,” or “at”), conjunction (connecting words such as “and” or “but”), or article (“a,” “an,” or “the”) fewer than four letters long. The only exceptions to this rule are that the first word of the title or subtitle is always capitalized, even if it is an article, preposition, or conjunction.
    • Titles may not be written in all capital letters (e.g., "CHAPTER TITLE" is incorrect; "Chapter Title" is correct)
  8. Headings. Please format all headings as in the below manuscript formatting templates. Heading names within the body of your text may be tailored to the content of the work. Note that headings and subheadings should NOT be numbered (e.g., 1. Introduction, 2. Background, etc.).
  9. Key Terms and Definitions (book chapters only). All book chapters must include a list of 7-10 key terms and definitions following the references and additional reading lists. Definitions must be written in the chapter author’s own words. For an example, please see the formatting templates below.
  10. Images. A manuscript may include no more than 20 figures. All submitted images must follow the requirements outlined in IGI Global’s Image Formatting Guidelines. Any figures or tables that do not meet these minimum specifications will be returned to the author(s) for correction. All figures must be submitted as separate files in .tif format. Please also note that it is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to use any image currently under copyright by a third party. Please see the image guide for more information.
  11. APA citations. Please ensure that all information in your manuscript that is taken from another source is substantiated with an in-text reference citation. A minimum of 10 sources is required for each submission. Please also note that your references must follow APA (American Psychological Association) style. (The publisher will return your submission to you for correction if you do not properly format your references.) For more information and examples on APA citations, please see IGI Global’s APA Citation Guidelines.
    • Self citation. Researchers may need to cite their previously published works in order to communicate an idea effectively in their present manuscript. While IGI Global encourages the use of self citations in these cases, it is important that self-cited works do not account for, at most, 50% of the total references in the manuscript.
  12. LaTex. LaTex files are NOT accepted because they are not compatible with IGI Global’s typesetting program. As an alternative, we require that you use MathType (see “Equations” below).
  13. Equations. If a symbol or equation can by typed directly into Microsoft Word, please do so. Otherwise, we require using MathType to format all equations. Authors can download a free trial version of MathType here:
  14. English Language Copy Editing. It is crucial that complete English language copy editing of your manuscript be conducted prior to submission to ensure proper use of the English language, proper grammatical structure, and correct spelling and punctuation. Manuscripts that are submitted to the publisher are considered to be in their final form and ready for publication as is. To assist you, IGI Global offers a variety of editorial services, including English language copy editing. Learn More
  15. Translation. However a manuscript is translated, content submitted to IGI Global must be written in clear English with proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. To assist you, IGI Global offers a variety of editorial services, including translation services. Learn More
  16. APA and IGI Global house style. Please be advised that due to APA and IGI Global house style rules, changes in regard to, among other things, capitalization, the appearance of block quotes and bulleted and numbered lists, and the placement of images on the page may be adjusted accordingly during the typesetting phase. Please format your manuscript according to the proper template for your publication type (handbook chapters will fall under the “Authored or Edited Chapter Template”):

  17. Authored or Edited Chapter Template......Encyclopedia Article Template......Case Chapter Template......Journal Article Template

    If you need help formatting and styling your manuscript for submission, IGI Global offers a variety of editorial services to support you. Learn More.

    Note: The Manuscript Organization and Formatting Template is designed for the purpose of standardizing manuscript submissions and does not reflect how your work will actually appear in print. Format and design of the final publication is at the sole discretion of the publisher.
  18. Peer review. All submissions must undergo a double-blind review process before being accepted for publication. Authors of book chapters will be expected to serve as reviewers for 2-3 chapters. Authors have a vested interest in ensuring the quality of all chapters within the publication, as improving the quality of the publication as a whole will also improve the reception of their own work within it.

**Please note that all manuscripts MUST be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager. Manuscripts submitted outside of the system will not be considered for publication.**

Last Updated February 10, 2020