Keep it simple. Minimally formatted manuscripts help speed up the editing process.
Manuscripts should be submitted to the EP3 Request System as Word files with very basic formatting.
Avoid using columns, images, or text boxes in the original manuscript. You may indicate locations for images, call-out boxes, graphs, and other elements by creating a comment or using text in a different color.
Minimal formatting is preferred because most formatting must be removed prior to publishing in the NC State Extension Resource Catalog.
Provide the editor with original files for photos, graphs, and charts. These objects often lose quality when they are embedded in a Word document. For print projects, images should be at least 5” x 7” at a resolution of 300 dpi. Be sure to include a list of sources, image credits and appropriate permissions for all images.
Tables can be inline in the manuscript text, but minimal formatting is preferred. If possible, try to limit the number and size of tables in publications that will be published in the NC State Extension Resource Catalog. Large tables do not display well on mobile devices.
Avoid sending images in Powerpoint or Microsoft Publisher files. See How should I send large files? for tips on sending large files and multiple files to the editor.
There are several options to send large files to the editor. You can use Dropbox or Google Drive to share a folder containing all of the files for your project with the editor. Alternatively, compress or zip all of the files you wish to send, and use Velocity (a free NC State file transfer service) to send the .zip file to the editor.