latex journal and book submissions

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Ivan A. Sag (sag@csli.stanford.edu)
Fri, 7 Feb 97 11:47:52 PST


All, I don't know how many of you have had the problem of preparing beautiful latex manuscripts that are, once accepted for publication, retyped by hand in some non-latex format (introducing the possibility of new errors), with the figures redone in some form of MacArt (or whatever). I would like to encourage all of you who have such problems to make sure you bring up the possibility of latex submission with the journal editor or publisher you are dealing with. Some publishers are apparently resistant to the idea primarily because they believe there is little demand for direct latex submission. To give you just one example, my favorite theoretical linguistics journal -- Journal of Linguistics (which I strongly recommend to you!) is published by Cambridge University Press. Although the Math(s) and Computer Science people at CUP are some of the best latex experts in the world, the linguistics journals are unable to deal with latex submissions at all. It sounds like the people from one department at CUP don't even talk to the people from the others. I also know of a book published a couple of years ago (which will remain nameless, unless you ask me in person sometime, in which case I'll tell you the whole pathetic story in all its gory detail) whose last-minute MacArt keying in of just the diagrams introduced over 2,000 errors that had to be corrected by hand by the authors over the course of 3 stages of galley proofs. Caveat auctor! This situation can change only if the journals get the message. So if you have this kind of problem, I urge you to let the editors of the journals you deal with know when their production methods are not up to your own desktop standards... Cheers, Ivan ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ivan A. Sag Professor of Linguistics and Symbolic Systems CSLI - Ventura Hall - Stanford University - Stanford, CA 94305 USA ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Email: sag@csli.stanford.edu Office: 415-725-2323 (Cordura 228) WWW: http://hpsg.stanford.edu/hpsg/sag.html Fax: 415-725-2166 -------------------------------------------------------------------------


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