Scientific publications

Due to our academic background we are familiar with the conventions and methods of scientific publications and their complex typographical demands. This familiarity enhances our understanding of the process and our ability to deal with the demands these publications can make.

Conference proceedings

Contributions to conference proceedings are usually submitted by multiple authors. This causes several problems. First of all, few authors follow the guidelines for submission, resulting in a variety of styles, e.g. the way references are made, the use of quotes and parentheses, the writing out of years and page numbers. Furthermore, the articles submitted differ in technical aspects as well. For example, because different file formats are used or because different Greek fonts are used, etc.

We can make the files consistent in two steps. During the conversion phase we remove any irrelevant layout information and convert the different non-Latin alphabets to the required standard. Hereafter, we remove inconsistencies in punctuation by means of our ACE-system. Both steps can be executed at any time; as a general rule these are included in the typesetting process, but it is also possible (and much more fruitful) to make a text uniform before the editor starts editing the text. If you want us to uniform to the text before the editing process, we will send you a Word file with proper punctuation and the requested fonts. After the text is automatically edited, the editor can concentrate on the contents.

Critical editions

Editions of manuscripts or old prints are complex publications because they usually contain multiple footnote apparatuses, some of which are connected to the main text with line numbers. Typesetting critical text editions creates high demands for the typesetting system used. Processing critical text editions becomes even more complex if a translation is provided next to the source text.

In most typesetting systems, line numbers have to be applied manually to the critical footnotes concerned. An editor’s worst nightmare is a shift in pagination caused by corrections, since every line number has to be checked and adjusted manually. By using TeX, shifting is no longer a nuisance, because our system ensures that critical notes are connected to the main text by codes. The corresponding line numbers are automatically calculated by TeX.

The disadvantage of this method is the encoding. Fortunately, we don’t have to do this manually: if you follow our guidelines for submission, we can automatically apply the codes during the conversion phase. Even if an edition is nearly finished (without the use of our guidelines), it is usually easy to adhere to our guidelines by making some small adjustments.

Apart from lineation, we have also developed tools to mirror sources and translations efficiently. We are familiar with the hyphenation of both Greek and Latin.

Dissertations

Most Ph.D. dissertations are published without a publisher, which means that the Ph.D student is responsible for overseeing the process from manuscript to book. This is a time consuming and complex task to fulfill yourself, especially if it is your first time. To begin with, creating a nice layout in Word is virtually impossible because of the typographical limitations of the program. Furthermore, adjusting the punctuation, bibliographical references etc. is time consuming, as is the generation of an index. Finding a good and affordable printer can be quite difficult if you are not familiar with the different options and possibilities. When the deadline is tight, professional guidance can facilitate the process significantly.

We can offer this guidance, be it for the process as a whole or for some steps only. Apart from scientific typography and automatic editing of documents, we also have extensive experience with selecting and communicating with printers. This way, we can guarantee quick and accurate processing of your dissertation.