Before including these, please think about what each is adding to the reader’s understanding of the material (particularly if you have taken photos yourself). A photograph that does not look entirely professional can cheapen the look and feel of the book. Over-use of figures and photos can be distracting to the overall message.
Figures, graphs, maps and photographs that you submit to us must adhere to the following criteria. This ensures that the images that we publish in our books are legible, professional and of high quality.
We may have no option but to remove figures, graphs, maps and photographs that do not adhere to the 6 criteria below:
1. Do not copy and paste your figure into a Word document, instead provide them as a separate file in their original format.
- Copying and pasting images into Word files immediately reduces their quality.
2. They must be submitted as an EPS, PNG, PDF or JPEG file. We will also accept Excel documents, Powerpoint and Illustrator files.
- We cannot accept any other formats, so please ensure that your figures, graphs, maps and photographs are saved accordingly
Acceptable formats for figures
Unacceptable formats for figures
Figures that have been copied and pasted into a Word file
Any figures that are of poor quality or contain illegible text or labeling
3. They must be submitted in greyscale only and should be sharp, clear and legible.
- Any colour coding should be distinguishable in shades of black, grey and white. Different patterns could also be used to distinguish between different sections.
4. They should be at least 300dpi (dots per inch).
- The resolution of an image is critical to its quality in print. Images of at least 300dpi are considered high resolution and will look better in print. Please refer to the hyperlinked flowchart below for more information.
5. Their location in the chapters must be clearly indicated. All figures, graphs, maps and photographs must be given a title, number and caption.
- Simply indicate a point in the chapters where the figure should appear. Most of our authors write ‘INSERT FIGURE x.x HERE’ in a large font. They must be numbered consecutively within chapters. The first number refers to the chapter number and the second to that figure's appearance within the chapter.
6. Photographs must not include recognisable faces of any person/persons unless prior permission has been obtained.
- GDPR restrictions clearly state that reproducing the image of a person without their permission is against the law. As such, we cannot reproduce these photographs in our books.
Please refer to the Elgar copyright policy carefully regarding figures and photographs. Permission may be required.
Partially sighted or blind readers may use screen reading software to read the text of our books and will not be able to interpret figures or photos. If the figure is not explained adequately in the body text of the chapters please provide a short description of the figure that we can embed behind the figure in the ebook version as Alt Text.
Tables and boxes
Much like figures and photographs, the tables and boxes in your submitted chapter must adhere to our criteria. This ensures that the tables and boxes that we publish in our books are legible, professional and of high quality.
We may have no option but to remove tables and boxes that do not adhere to our 5 criteria outlined below from your chapter.
Tables and boxes must adhere to the following criteria:
1. They must be set within the text where you want them to appear.
- The easiest way of doing this is to create the table using the Word Insert>Table tools in your manuscript file.
2. They must be amendable and any text must be editable.
- Screenshots or images of tables/boxes that cannot be edited or manipulated will not be accepted.
3. They must be numbered consecutively within chapters and referred to within the text as Table 2.3, Box 4.1 etc.
- This is our house style and we will amend your numbering to match this style.
4. They must have their own title and caption.
- The title should summarise the content of the table. The caption can describe the table in more detail or reference any data
that you consulted when creating the table if necessary.
5. They must not feature any shading.
- We advise use of bold or italic to highlight different key areas in table text, and avoid highlighting the whole cell/row/column
as this can look cluttered or be difficult to read
These are only required for law practitioner titles and law textbooks, and not for research focused books.
If you wish to include legal tables please inform us when you submit your manuscript. Please also check your contract to find out who is responsible for preparing the tables. If it is you, then please submit the list together with your final manuscript. You will be required to insert the correct page numbers once the manuscript has been typeset.