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Manuscript Services

Publishing scholarly works closes the loop for any research effort. Publication outlets for scholarly products are countless and publication styles vary by discipline. The first step towards successful publication is ensuring that your submission is error-free while meeting the authorship requirements established by the targeted publication. The Office of Faculty Research offers Tarleton faculty assistance with the technical side of your manuscript such as checking punctuation, grammar, proofing, and ensuring your work meets required style guidelines.

What can faculty expect:

Simply email your manuscript to our office as an attached Word document. Our office will proof the manuscript for errors and note suggested edits using the Track Changes function and email it back for your review. If you have targeted a specific publication for your manuscript, we will ensure your manuscript follows the authorship guidelines. We also offer assistance with tables, graphics, and photo formatting as well as finding publications that would be compatible with your work.


The time required for proofreading varies according to the length of the manuscript, amount of editing needed, as well as the number of projects in queue. Our office will work with you to establish a realistic project timeline with an attainable deadline. If your publication has a deadline, please do not wait until the day before the deadline for assistance.

Contact information:

Please contact our manuscript editor, Lacie Harris, for further information by calling (254) 968-9927, via email at, or stop by Room 145 of the Faculty Commons area of the Dick Smith Library. We are accessible through the library's northwest entrance across from the Fine Arts building.

Ms. Harris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tarleton State University ('05). A former journalist, she won second place in feature writing from the Texas Press Association ('08) and is currently working on her Master's degree in English. She also received an honorable mention from the Intercollegiate Press Association ('05) for an editorial cartoon while working at the J-TAC as a copy editor.

Links for style guides

American Psychological Association (APA) Style - This link takes you to the APA web site where you'll see a link for their tutorial on the basics.

Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) - This link takes you to the Chicago Style's citation quick guide. Viewing the entire style guide online requires a subscription.

Council of Science Editors Style (CSE) - This link takes you to the CSE's (formerly CBE) main web page where you can purchase their style guide. There are a number of educational institutions that provide quick guides of the CSE's documentation style easily found with an internet search.

Purdue University offers a side-by-side comparison citation chart for the APA, CMS, and Modern Language Association's citation styles for various media.

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