Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Medieval People

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Medieval People.


  • Do not include a title page or abstract in the main text file. Do, however, have an abstract prepared, as you will be asked for one during the submission process.
  • Articles should have minimal formatting throughout. Text should be Times New Roman 12pt, double-spaced. Use a single column layout with left margins justified.
  • Foreign terms and phrases not found in Merriam–Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary should be italicized rather than underlined.
  • Do not insert extra space between paragraphs of text with the exception of long quotations, or to help indicate the placement of tables or figures, etc. These should be set off from the surrounding text by additional space above and below.
  • Do not number or letter your headings, but do use headline-style capitalization. There should be space above headings.
  • Submit your manuscript as a Word file; any additional materials (e.g., tables, figures, or appendices) should be submitted as separate Word files with their placement called out in the main text file. Use [Place Table 1 here] or [Insert Figure 2 near here]. This will help ensure their proper placement during typesetting.

Additional Recommendations

Language & Grammar

Authors should use proper, standard English grammar. Medieval Institute Publications follows the guidelines of the The Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition.

Review Length

Book reviews should be limited to 1000 words.


Use footnotes rather than endnotes. Footnote numbers or symbols in the text must follow, rather than precede, punctuation. Excessively long footnotes are probably better handled in an appendix.

Include the full bibliographic citation the first time a source is used and thereafter use short citations.

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