Manuscript Preparation, Copyediting, and Proofreading

Q. What style of text and size (body and headings) does The Chicago Manual of Style suggest for submissions to the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation?

A. Most journals post instructions for writers at their websites online; search for “[journal name] submission guidelines” in a web browser. If type size and font are not specified, use 12-point type in a classic serifed font like Times New Roman for both body and headings. Headings need no special treatment unless you have more than one level, in which case you should indicate their relative importance by (for example) putting A-heads in bold type and B-heads in italics.