Style and Index Guides

Author Guidance for Arc Publications

Policies and procedures for submissions are to be found here. When preparing the final copy of the manuscript you should make your text conform to the Arc Style and Indexing Guides below. If you wish to transfer large files, including images, consult the guidance below.

Style Guide

Illustrations Checklist

Indexing Guidelines

Transferring Large Files

Publications under the various Arc Humanities Press imprints (including short-form publications, Past Imperfect, and Reference Works) follow the Chicago Manual guidelines, with two minor variants:

  1. spelling follows Commonwealth, not American, spelling (e.g., centre, colour; but forms in -ize, -ization remain like this).
  2. footnotes are employed for all Arc series, other than the Past Imperfect series.
  3. we shorten the information in bibliographical data to the bare minimum – the press name (at its shortest), the main place of publication, and no state or country location unless (as with Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC) it is absolutely necessary to avoid confusion or to follow convention. Therefore, we would cite a publication as “(Leiden: Brill, 1997)” instead of “(Leiden, Cologne, and Boston: E. J. Brill, 1997)”.

Supplementary Guidance for Arc Publications

Style guides try to balance concision and readability with a comprehensiveness to deal with particular questions authors may encounter.

Scholars in premodern studies deal with complex problems through their use of primary sources, often unedited; archives that employ peculiar referencing systems and shelf-marks that make citations difficult; nineteenth-century (or earlier) editions whose referencing norms may not be normalized or may be cited differently across varying national traditions or disciplines. This makes copyediting and preparing manuscripts for publication far more demanding than in other humanities fields or in the sciences.

To this end a supplementary guidance document has been prepared to assist scholars in harmonizing their citations. Taking into account a wide span of disciplines, historical periods, and national traditions, by trying to regularize what appears to be irregular we endeavor to produce a high-quality product that will be well reviewed according to the norms of the English-speaking world. Our copyeditors perform a sterling job in this difficult balancing act.

For detailed matters not covered here, please consult the Chicago Manual of Style. In other cases email ruth.kennedy@arc-humanities.org.