Our aim is to transform your manuscript into an Ethics International Press published book, quickly and without any fuss. We have deliberately kept our guidelines short, and simple to follow.

Since most of our authors have deep experience of academia, please follow this one golden rule – treat your book manuscript with the same care as you would have treated your own thesis, and with the same standards you ask of your best students with their Master’s or Doctoral thesis.

House style

We do not follow a ‘House Style’ as such. Your book will be read mostly by an academic audience – researchers, teachers, students – and by an academic-level practitioner audience. So make it appropriate for them. Just please be consistent in spelling protocols (such as s or z), and referencing style.

Submission form, and format

Your manuscript should be submitted as a single complete document, and as an email attachment, in Microsoft Word or compatible software. 

Be consistent about your headers. Make sure the hierarchy of headers (chapter, main head, subhead etc) is clear. You can number the headers, but we prefer it if not. Make sure capitalization in headers is consistent. Either, each (main) word capitalized:

A Better Way to Start the Day

or sentence case/initial caps: 

A better way to start the day

Don’t use full stops at the end of headers.

If you wish to use emphasis in your text, don’t use CAPITALS. Please use emphasis sparingly.

Direct quotations from speech should be in “double inverted commas”. 

Lengthy (more than two or three lines) text extracts should be identified with a double space before and after, or by indentation. Whichever style you choose for quotes, follow it consistently.

Please do reference your citations, particularly direct extracts. Apply the same (or greater) rigour and care to citations in your manuscript as you ask from your students (or as you were asked as a student).

English language

Ethics International Press is an English language publisher. Words, phrases or Appendices in languages other than English are acceptable. We would not normally accept large sections of main text in another language, unless accompanied by a translation. If you are not able to produce a high standard of written English, you should consider engaging a copy editor, language editor, or co-author.

We do not have a standard for British/American etc spelling conventions. We encourage authors to use and keep their own ‘voice’. Please be consistent with spelling conventions (for example, don’t mix ‘organize’ and ‘organise’, unless using direct quotations. Pick one and stick to it).

Proof Reading and Copy Editing 

Your work will be proof read but will not be extensively copy edited. This does not cover extensive language editing/rewriting. If you need this, you should consider engaging a copy editor, language editor, or co-author before submitting your manuscript.

Please use any available software (spell-check, grammar-check, etc) to give us a manuscript in good order.

Figures and tables

Please make sure figures and tables are all numbered and captioned. If a figure or table is not included in the text itself, ie it is submitted separately, please make sure that its position is clearly marked.

Rights and Permissions

We cannot source rights and permissions on your behalf. We are happy to consider translations from other languages, but you must secure the rights from the original publisher(s). Any chapters, figures, tables, photographs, etc, which require permission, must have that permission granted before we can proceed with publication. We cannot meet rights and permission fees on your behalf.


We do not specify a reference style, though the Harvard (name, date) style is most common in academic work, and is preferred. Whichever style you use, please be consistent.

Any reference cited in the text must appear in the reference list. Items for further reading, not directly referenced in the text, should be noted as ‘Further Reading’ or similar.

Please do not ‘under-reference’. Direct quotations, particularly lengthy passages, must have a source quoted. If they do not, they will likely be picked up by plagiarism checks, which is not a good outcome.

Steps from submission to publication

  1. You send us a single document in Word, using a standard font. We do not need page numbers, running heads etc. Check spelling, grammar etc as carefully as you can before sending
  2. We do an initial check, and add the front matter (ISBN etc) 
  3. It goes to typesetting, where we format to PDF (normally) 
  4. We check the proof, and it may iterate between us and the typesetter a couple of times 
  5. The proof will come to you, as a PDF. If you can, please use the ‘sticky notes’ function to identify amendments. 
  6. The proof gets corrected, checked again by us, and if there are a lot of amends, or something complex, it goes back to you for a second proof, but normally not. The typesetter creates a print PDF and a navigable ePDF.
  7. We ask you to confirm the back cover book description and your biographical notes (normally, it’s a version of what’s on our website)
  8. We go to print, and upload to the eBook aggregators. 

Normally, this whole process will take between four and twelve weeks.

If you have any questions, please ask admin@ethicspress.com

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