Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for BU Well

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to BU Well.

Formatting Requirements

  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file.
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures.
  • Copyedit your manuscript.
  • There is no need to include a title page, page numbers, headers, or footers. (These will be added for you.)

Additional Recommendations

Line Spacing

Only include extra space between paragraphs of text for long quotations, theorems, propositions, special remarks, etc. These should be set off from the surrounding text by additional space above and below.

Language & Grammar

All submissions must be in English. Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided.

Authors should use proper, standard English grammar. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White (now in its fourth edition) is the "standard" guide, but other excellent guides, like the AMA 10th edition style and citation guides, exist as well.

Article Length

An advised article length is 1,000 to 2,000 words with a maximum of 5,000 words.

Colored text

Set the font color to black for the majority of the text.

Please ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to "accept all changes" in track changes or set your document to "normal" in final markup.)

Emphasized text

Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it.

Font faces

Except, possibly, where special symbols are needed, use Segoe UI or the closest comparable font available. If you desire a second font, for instance for headings, use Georgia font 10pt.

Font size

The main body of text should be set in 12pt.

Foreign terms

Whenever possible, foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.


Headings (e.g., start of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text by their fonts or by using small caps. Use the same font face (Georgia) for all headings and indicate the hierarchy by reducing the font size. There should be space above and below headings.


Footnotes should appear at the end of the paper. Footnotes should be single-spaced and in 10 pt font. Footnote numbers or symbols in the text must follow, rather than precede, punctuation. Excessively long footnotes are probably better handled in an appendix.

Tables and Figures

To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 0.5" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view. Figures must be 3.5” or 7.5” (half and full page respectively) to fit within final column size.


It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. After the last sentence of your submission, please insert a line break—not a page break—and begin your references on the same page, if possible. References should appear right after the end of the document, beginning on the last page if possible. References should have margins that are left justified. Each reference should give the last names of all the authors, their first names or first initials, and, optionally, their middle initials. Please refer to the AMA 10 for style on editions. If AMA 10th edition does not address your citation, please refer to the Butler University COPHS citation guide listed here.

The end of the article can also include sections including, but not limited to, acknowledgments, disclosures, financial support, etc. These will appear before the references.