Manuscript Guidelines


Manuscripts of papers that are authored by members of the Academy and that have not been published elsewhere are eligible for publication in Michigan Academician. Acceptance of a paper for publication is contingent upon its quality as determined by peer review.

The Michigan Academy is a multidisciplinary organization, so papers that appeal to scholars in more than one discipline or are introduced so as to give adequate background to an educated generalist, will be given preference.


All manuscripts, tables and figures are submitted using the Academy’s online manuscript submission system. Manuscripts should be formatted according to the general guidelines presented below. We offer up-to-date information, tips and trouble-shooting suggestions regarding manuscript submission.

Each manuscript will be reviewed by at least two referees. Identities of authors and reviewers are concealed during the review process and revealed only with express permission. Authors’ names and institutional affiliations should not be revealed in the manuscript. These will be entered separately during the online submission process. Accordingly, please redact any information (citations that imply authorship of the manuscript, statements of compliance with human subject review boards, etc.) that would reveal an author’s identity or institutional affiliation to a reviewer. If the manuscript is recommended for publication, authors are expected to respond to comments made by the reviewers. Page proofs are sent to authors to check for accuracy.

Manuscript Style


Citation format and general style should conform with the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (2010). The author-date system is very strongly preferred; authors are not prohibited from choosing the notes and bibliography system instead, but should realize that this choice will likely delay publication of their manuscript and that they will be responsible for strict adherence to formatting guidelines (see The Chicago Manual of Style, Chapters 14 and 15). All journal titles should be spelled out in full in the references section. Failure to adhere to formatting criteria may result in return of the manuscript without review.


Manuscript files should be in Word, WordPerfect or Text formats. Allow ample margins and double-space text, quotations, footnotes and references. Number all pages. The title should appear on the first page, but author’s names should not. Authors are strongly encouraged to include an informative abstract, not to exceed 250 words, that highlights the main points of the article.


Generally, manuscripts should not exceed 40 double-spaced pages in length; however, longer manuscripts with promise of exceptional appeal to a large part of the audience of the Michigan Academician will be considered.


Scans of figures or illustrations originally produced as hard copies are acceptable for initial submissions, but authors are expected to provide original art or image files if the paper is accepted for publication. Digital images are preferred and should be submitted in an image format (TIF, PDF, EPS, or JPG). Submit each image as a separate file. Do not submit a composite of formats such as images pasted into PowerPoint or Word documents. Each figure should have a caption and each table a heading, compiled in separate sections following the references section in the manuscript. As you upload each image you will also be asked to enter the figure number and paste its caption into an online form. Tables should be submitted in XLS, XLSX, DOC or DOCX formats. Line art should be at resolutions of at least 1,200 dpi, grayscale or color images at 300 dpi and combos at 600 dpi. Number all illustrations and refer to them in the text. Indicate the approximate placement of each item in the text with a bracketed note (e.g.,).


The use of footnotes is discouraged, but if necessary authors should use the footnote function of their word processor to place them at the bottom of the page where they are referenced.


Obtain necessary clearances and permissions in writing and submit them with the manuscript. This is not the editors’ responsibility.

Page Charges

Ability to pay page charges is not a prerequisite for publication in the Michigan Academician; however, if institutional or grant funds are available for such charges, the Academy appreciates the help in defraying the costs of publication. The current page charge is $25 per article page.

Reference Cited

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.  2010. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.