The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press welcomes submissions of manuscripts pertaining to all facets of Louisiana’s history, culture, art, society, politics, economics, religion, ethnicities, and environment. It also welcomes high quality works of fiction and creative non-fiction.
The Press gives priority to work of an exemplary caliber, with thorough documentation and a carefully presented argument, that makes a significant, original contribution. Non-fiction manuscripts should be thoroughly documented, with citations to specific sources for quotations and statements that are not common knowledge, and must be based upon research in primary sources.
Guidelines for Submission
All manuscripts should adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, with in-house modifications. Accepted manuscripts MUST be Microsoft Word documents* and MUST be in final form, including all notes and bibliographic material. We strongly recommend authors have their manuscripts proofread and reviewed for grammar, consistency, accuracy, and proper format by others before submission for publication. Manuscripts will be returned for corrections if they do not adhere to the Press's guidelines.
To expedite the review process, authors should adhere to the following guidelines:
- Authors should submit two complete hard copies of their manuscripts. A self-addressed, stamped envelope should be included if the manuscripts are to be returned.
- The author's name, address, and telephone number should appear on the title page. The author's identity should appear nowhere else in the manuscript.
- Notes should appear as footnotes. Please refrain from parenthetical citations.
- Topical headings are strongly discouraged.
- All quotations should be clearly marked and footnoted. Block quotations should be set apart from the text and indented.
- Only one space after a period, other grammatical marks, and normally after all stops (exceptions: e.g., i.e.). The spacing of names should be: A.N. Other. A space should follow p., f., c., col., no., etc. in references. Insert a comma in multiple thousands.
- Use italics to denote titles of books instead of underlining the text.
- Dates: use the standard month day, year format. If just month and year, do not separate with a comma.
- Numbers: In the narration and notes use Arabic numerals for numbers above one hundred but spell out if less: e.g. ten men, 120 miles, 4,500 soldiers (but keep hundred, thousand, million, billion if they appear as whole numbers: e.g. “one thousand years ago”). Inclusive numerals do not repeat digits common to both numbers: e.g. 123-5, 325-67, except in the 'teens, e.g. 15-17, 1914-18, or where the last digit of the first number is 0, e.g. 100-101, 140-42.
- Names: Preferably give full names (and title or rank if appropriate) at first mention. Titles and ranks are not capitalized except where they precede names.
- Images: All images should be at least 300 dpi and in .TIFF format. All graphics should be linked to, rather than embedded in, the text file. (See Illustration Guidelines below.)
- Authors are strongly encouraged to submit final copies of their manuscripts in electronic form once their manuscripts have been accepted for publication. Manuscripts in electronic form should be submitted as Microsoft Word files.
- Manuscripts of a scientific nature may use the APA style that is the standard within those disciplines, and use parenthetical citation rather than footnotes. Format for citations must be consistent throughout the manuscript.
Manuscripts submitted for publication consideration should be directed to James D. Wison, Associate Director, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, PO Box 48231, Lafayette, LA, 70504-2831.
Peer Review and Publication
The editorial staff examines each manuscript submitted to the UL Press for stylistic excellence. Manuscripts deemed potentially publishable undergo critical review by at least two specialists in the appropriate field.
Authors may be asked to revise manuscripts on the basis of recommendations made during the peer review. Authors are afforded an opportunity to rebut specific suggested changes. Revisions should be made in a timely fashion, and the editorial office should be apprised of any unforeseen delays in production of a finished manuscript. Completed manuscripts are reviewed by the editorial staff for verification of recommended changes and adherance to the Press's style sheet. Accepted manuscripts containing numerous issues of a grammatical nature or that have not been closely proofread and formatted by the author will be returned for further corrections; such problems will result in production delays beyond the Press's control. The Press reserves final editorial decisions for all accepted manuscripts.
In accordance with the Copyright Law of the United States ¤106, the Author grants and assigns to the Publisher the full, sole and exclusive right to arrange for the sale or licensing of each and every right in the Work, including but not limited to rights of publication, adaptation, display performance, or reproduction by any means, rights of storage and retrieval by electronic methods, and rights of use of the Work in whole or in any form and in any way. The Author agrees that the Publisher may, if it deems appropriate, license without charge the right to reprint brief selections from the Work and or the right to Braille transcription for publicity, educational, scholarly, or humanitarian purposes.
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