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Edition Submission Instructions

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Edition Submission Instructions

(updated March 30, 2022)

METS requires all documents to be submitted electronically. We do not accept hard copies. Editions must be submitted in their entirety. All documents should be submitted as Microsoft Word .docx files. Each section (Front Matter, Intro, Text, Explanatory Notes, Textual Notes, Bibliography, Glossary, Indices, Appendices) should be submitted as a separate file. Number all pages continuously and ensure the pagination matches the Table of Contents. Ensure that your file names include clear section titles (e.g., Caxton_Romances_Bibliography.docx). 

Below are instructions for submitting the entire edition; for details on formatting individual sections, see the Style and Formatting Guide.

Cover Note

When submitting your edition, include a cover note that lists all materials submitted. In addition to the edition’s Word files, include:

  1. A list of preferred short titles for all sources internally cited. See Short Titles spreadsheet.
  • Do not include abbreviations in this list; they should appear separately in the Abbreviations List in the Front Matter. 
  • Separate Primary and Secondary Sources on a single sheet (see sample).
  • Short titles should include the author/editor’s surname, and a shortened form of the title. If different authors have the same surname, include the author’s first initial to distinguish between them.  
  1. A list of special characters used: This includes ME characters like thorns, yoghs, and wynns, as well as any non-Roman characters or alphabets. Indicate which section of the edition they appear in. If there are no special characters, indicate this in your cover note.
  2. Images and Tables, if applicable. Do not embed them into your Word documents. See Visual Material, below.
  • Captions for images, if applicable.
  • Permissions for images, if applicable .
  1. Full text of your base manuscript: 
  • If there is a published facsimile, provide the full bibliographic information in your cover note.
  • If the MS has been fully digitized, include a stable URL in your cover note.
  • If the MS is not publicly available, please include high quality photos or scans of each relevant folio; these may be either institutional or personal photos. If the file becomes too large to submit by email, alert your METS contact.

Formatting instructions for verse texts are listed in the Style and Formatting Guide, under 2. Formatting Texts >  Verse. See below for formatting instructions for prose, drama, and facing-page translations. These instructions also appear in the Style and Formatting Guide, with examples.

Prose Texts

Lay out prose in paragraphs. Number paragraphs only, placing boldfaced Arabic numerals before the indent. If your text includes books or chapters, restart paragraph numbers at the beginning of each. 

Footnote glosses. For a single-word gloss, place a footnote at the end of the Middle English word; in the footnote, provide only the modern English gloss in italics. To gloss a phrase, place a footnote at the end of the phrase; in the footnote, include the ME catchphrase, a comma, and the modern English gloss in italics. Indicate foliation in-line and in square brackets. Put rubrics in boldface font.

To facilitate collation between Text and Notes, highlight catchphrases for Explanatory and Textual Notes in different colors. Explanatory Note catchphrases should be in yellow; Textual Note catchphrases should be in blue. In the sections for Explanatory and Textual Notes, do not number each individual note. Instead, place location headings above the relevant cluster of notes, using the formula: Book number, Chapter number, Paragraph number. Set headings in small capitals and use Arabic numerals. Otherwise, Explanatory and Textual Notes should be formatted like their poetry counterparts, with an italicized catchphrase before the note itself. See the Style and Formatting Guide for examples.

Facing-Page Translations

Translated texts should be submitted in two files: one for the original language text and the other for the modern English translation. Include line numbers in both files and check that they are correctly collated. 

Prose translations may be tricky to collate; the modern English may be longer or shorter than the original language. In those cases, do your best to collate. If the original text and translation begin to misalign, re-align at the next paragraph or relevant text break. 


In drama cycles, number each individual play, using Arabic numbers, and include these numbers in the titles of each play.

Dramatis Personae should be in small capitals and listed in order of appearance. Drama cycles should include a Dramatis Personae for each individual play.

In the main text, Speaker names should appear in the leftmost column where the line numbers appear. Speaker names should be in small capitals. 

  • If speaker names interfere with line numbers, speaker names take precedence. Number the next line. 
  • If speaker names interfere with folio numbers, folio numbers take precedence. Keep the folio number in the leftmost column and indent the speaker name so that it is flush with the spoken lines.

Visual Material

Editors are responsible for providing any visual materials and procuring all necessary permissions.

  • Digital images must be at least 300 DPI (dots per inch), with a minimum size of 10 x 15 cm.
    •  All images will print in black-and-white. If you would like color images, alert your METS contact. 
  • Submit digital images as JPG files. If these are too large to be sent by email, alert your METS contact and you will be invited to our Dropbox, where your image(s) may be uploaded.
  • Captions should be supplied in the cover note. If the image is an illustration from a manuscript or early print edition, captions should include the artist or scribe’s name (if known), the holding institution, the MS shelfmark, date (if known), folio/page numbers, and appropriate credits. If the caption includes non-English text, include an English translation in square brackets.
  • Tables should be submitted as Excel files.
  • Genealogical trees should be sent as JPG files.

Mark clearly in the text where each illustration needs to be inserted. For example: [PLACE ILLUSTRATION 1 HERE]. Make sure that the illustrations are clearly numbered (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.). METS staff will include a List of Illustrations in the Table of Contents, listed by Figure number.


It is the editor’s responsibility to secure permissions and cover any use fees for visual materials. When you submit your manuscript, enclose copies of permissions.

When seeking permissions, note the following:

  • You must obtain permission for the use of images in the hard copy of your edition. If the holding institution requires a letter confirming your edition has been commissioned, alert your METS contact. The General Editor will be happy to provide a letter for you.
  • Copyright for digital editions is a different matter. The official term for this is embedded copyright
    • Generally, METS only includes images in print editions. We do not publish copyrighted images online in our digital editions ( If you would like images in the online edition, alert your METS contact. 
  • Illustrations taken from another book are not owned by the publisher of the book. The actual owner of an illustration may be the artist or photographer, or the holding institution.

Ensure that you start seeking permissions as soon as possible, as it often takes longer than expected. Always specify the use — e.g., a scholarly edition with limited print run. Check whether a specific format for acknowledgement is required. Permission costs can often be reduced through external subsidies.