Quick Guide Submitting Materials

Third-Party Content

Whether you include brief quotes or the full text of a previously published reading or webpage, you’ll need to clearly indicate the use of such third-party content within your manuscript.

If you include a quote or text that is one paragraph or less in length, mark the beginning and end of the selection with quotation marks and then cite the source in a footnote or endnote.

If you include text longer than a paragraph in length, emphasize the content within your manuscript by changing the font color or highlighting the text. The emphasis should clearly distinguish the third-party content from your original writing. Include a full citation for the reference, complete with page numbers.

When you submit readings, include their associated endnotes too. Endnotes will generally appear at the close of a chapter or the end of a book. If a reading you’d like to use includes note markers within the text, ensure your scan of the material includes its corresponding notes pages.

Remember: Taking text from another source and changing only one or two words does not qualify as paraphrasing. If you’d like to change only a few words within an excerpt, enclose the text in quotation marks and indicate any word changes you’ve made in brackets [ ], understood by readers to indicate an editor’s note.

Aside from adding the occasional editor’s note, whether to provide clarity or correct information, please note that third-party content cannot be further copyedited or changed (i.e., edited piecemeal). However, previously published text will be proofread for spelling and punctuation accuracy and corrected as needed.