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Citation, Documentation of Sources
Q. I am writing a scholarly book and the publisher has explicitly indicated that it does not want numerous endnotes, long endnotes, discursive endnotes, or cross-citations. In providing a gloss of various texts in the scholarly literature in my introduction, I have provided the complete author’s name, the title, and date of the book within the running text. To add a note would be redundant. Is this an acceptable way to satisfy both the publisher and the scholarly readers?
A. It sounds as though it is enough to satisfy your publisher. It wouldn’t satisfy every academic press, however, and many scholars expect to see at least a place of publication or publisher (and most often both). Chicago usually requires full citations somewhere in a scholarly book. If a bibliography (or reference list) is included, then your short text citations are sufficient.