This guide contains advice to help you get started, but some journals will have specific layout and formatting requirements.
Before you submit your article, make sure you’ve checked the instructions for authors for your chosen journal, so you are aware of everything required. You can find the instructions for authors on the journal’s homepage on Taylor and Francis Online.
Below is a list of formatting considerations that are often specified by academic journals.
Use Times New Roman font in size 12 with double-line spacing.
Margins should be at least 2.5cm (1 inch).
Use bold for your article title, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.
Indicate the abstract paragraph with a heading or by reducing the font size.
The instructions for authors for each journal will give specific guidelines on what’s required here, including whether it should be a structured abstract or graphical abstract, and any word limits.
It’s very important that you have been given permission to use any tables or figures you are reproducing from another source before you submit.
Data availability statement
If you’re submitting a data availability statement for your article, include it within the text of your manuscript, before your ‘References’ section. Remember to give it the heading ‘Data availability statement’ so that readers can easily find it.
Spelling and punctuation
Each journal will have a preferred method for spelling and punctuation. You’ll find this in the instructions for authors, available on the journal’s homepage on Taylor and Francis Online. Make sure you apply the spelling and punctuation style consistently throughout your article.
If you are preparing your manuscript in Microsoft Word and your article contains special characters, accents, or diacritics, we recommend you follow these steps:
European accents (Greek, Hebrew, or Cyrillic letters, or phonetic symbols): choose Times New Roman font from the dropdown menu in the “Insert symbol” window and insert the character you require.
Asian languages (such as Sanskrit, Korean, Chinese, or Japanese): choose Arial Unicode font from the dropdown menu in the “Insert symbol” window and insert the character you require.
Transliterated Arabic: choose either Times New Roman or Arial Unicode (unless the instructions for authors specify a particular font). For ayns and hamzas, choose Arial Unicode font from the dropdown menu in the “Insert symbol” window. Type the Unicode hexes directly into the “Character code” box, using 02BF for ayn, and 02BE for hamza.
Running heads and received dates
These aren’t required when submitting a manuscript for review. They will be added during the production process if your article is accepted for publication.
Save time – let experts format your manuscript
Consider using expert editors to help you meet deadlines and make sure your manuscript complies to your target journal’s requirements.
An increasing number of Taylor & Francis journals allow format-free submission. If your article is consistent and includes everything necessary for review, you can submit without formatting your manuscript.
Check the instructions for authors for your chosen journal to find out if it uses format-free submission.