Instructions for Conventional Projects (electronic submission)

This page contains instructions for preparing and submitting your manuscript for the production phase of publication at Princeton
University Press. These instructions were designed for electronic submission of manuscripts text written using Word, WordPerfect, or other word processing program.

You will need to prepare your manuscript to meet the following requirements:

Are you ready to submit your manuscript? First, fill out the short Author Checklist for Conventional Manuscripts to be sure you have everything in the form the Press needs.

  • Manuscript
    • complete text file
    • We need everything from the title page to the bibliography, including notes.
      Please do not submit separate files for each section of the book

    • illustration captions in a separate file

    • tables file(s)

    • individual files for digital illustrations
  • Permissions Documentation
    • copies of all permission documents
    • We absolutely need copies of any correspondence you've had with rights-holders.


    Please submit your manuscript, art files, satellite documents, and permissions documentation directly to your acquisitions editor or his/her assistant. If you are not sure how to best submit your manuscript and other materials to the Press—whether electronically as email attachments or via MassTransit or another program, or by mailing hard copy—please check with your editor and/or assistant.

    Thank you! We look forward to working with you on your book during the production phase.

    We can accept compressed files in the following formats:

    • zip (Windows PCs and newer Macs)
    • .sit (older Macs)
    • .tgz or .tar.gz (Unix machines)

    We may ask you to transmit files via a file transfer system (e.g., DropBox, MassTransit, YouSendIt) if transmission by email fails.

    If your manuscript contains non-standard ASCII symbols or non-Roman alphabets, you might want to mail hardcopy printouts or supply PDFs that accurately show the text. (Standard ASCII symbols are those which are found solely in Romance languages and German; non-standard ASCII symbols are found in, for instance, Hungarian, Old English, Turkish, Yoruba, transliterated Japanese or Greek, etc. Non-Roman alphabets include Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Russian, etc.—any language that needs to be transliterated into English.)

    If your Word manuscript includes extensive math (you used Equation Editor, MS Math Add-in, etc.), you might want to mail hardcopy printouts or supply reference PDFs that accurately show mathematical equations or text.

    If you want to provide specific information regarding illustration sizing, cropping, or arrangement, you might want to mail hardcopy printouts or supply PDFs that accurately show your preferences.