Margins

Margins

All pages of the final manuscript must be within the following limits:

left and right margins: 1 1/4 inches

top and bottom margins: 1 inch

main headings pages, top: 2 inches

 

Pages of text must be of consistent length. Pages with full-page tables and figures will vary in length depending upon the amount of data displayed in the table or the size of the figure. Pages of text with a small table or figure beginning or ending the page must be the same length as pages of straight text. Because freestanding subheadings must be followed by at least two lines of text, the bottom margin may vary slightly on pages with freestanding subheadings. At least two lines of text must be placed on the last page of any titled section/chapter of the manuscript. If a chapter ends with only one line of text on a page, a line from the preceding page must be moved to the last page. Pages of text must be of consistent length and should always go to the 1-inch bottom margin. There are only three circumstances where white space on the bottom of the page is permitted:

  • Only tables or figures appear on the page: Pages with full-page tables and figures will vary in length depending upon the amount of data displayed in the table or the size of the figure. The table or figure should be centered on the page so the white space above and below is roughly equal. Pages of text with a small table or figure beginning or ending the page must go to the 1-inch margin. It is also inappropriate to have more than a heading space between the text and the table or figure.
  • To avoid leaving a subheading at the bottom of the page: Because freestanding subheadings must be followed by at least two lines of text, the bottom margin may vary slightly on pages with freestanding subheadings. At least two lines of text must be placed on the last page of any titled section/chapter of the manuscript.
  • The end of the chapter: Large white space is permitted at the end of the chapter depending on the length of the remaining text. If a chapter ends with only one line of text on a page, a line from the preceding page must be moved to the last page.