Submitting Unicode-Ready Manuscripts
Understanding Unicode: A is always A, β is always β, and Ç is always Ç
keyboards are set up for the Latin alphabet: the letters A-Z and a simple collection of other
characters. There are, of course, tens of thousands of other characters that one could potentially
want to type. Until recently, the approach to getting these other characters was similar to
using an old "golf ball" or "daisy wheel" typewriter: change the font. By slipping in a Greek
type element (or font) an A would be come an alpha, a B would become a beta, and so forth.
However, if this was sent to someone else electronically, and the other person didn't have
the font, the other person would see gibberish rather than Greek.
Enter the Unicode standard. The idea here is that each character should have its own location
(or "code-point") and be the same character, regardless of what
font is used to style it. Both
users don't need to have the same font to read what each other wrote.
Unicode Points Commonly Used at Eisenbrauns
As Eisenbrauns specializes in the ancient Near East and biblical studies, the following Unicode
ranges are common and familiar to us:
This is not an exhaustive list; a full
list of Unicode code pages can be found here. if you
have Unicode text in a range not listed above, please contact us, and we will
do our best to accomodate your manuscript.
Common Headaches: Frequently-Used Non-Unicode Fonts
If you are using any of these fonts, please be aware that they are not Unicode-compatible,
and will incur extra charges if we need to convert or re-key them.
- BibleWorks Greek and Hebrew fonts (BWHEBB,
BWHEBL, BWTRANSH, BWGRKL, BWGRKN, and BWGRKI)
There are a number
of solutions available for converting legacy Greek and Hebrew fonts to
How can I tell if my manuscript is Unicode-compatible?
The easiest way to tell if a manuscript is Unicode-compatible is to change the font for the
entire document. If all your characters remain the same, chances are you've got a Unicode compatible
Can you recommend a font?
Times New Roman is widely available on most computers and covers a vast majority of available
You might also be interested in these links:
Eisenbrauns Publishing Program What we publish, and why; how to submit a proposal, and
- Copyright and Reuse Information Making sure we have the right to publish what you send us.
- Rights and Permissions Information on reprints, translations, and other uses of an Eisenbrauns title.
- Eisenbrauns Guidelines
for Authors and Editors [PDF, 220 k]This is only available in PDF format because
of its use of special fonts. If you don't already have it, you will need a copy of the free
Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file.
- Image GuidelinesTips and guidelines for ensuring that your figures, illustrations, and photographs print as desired.
- Guidelines for editors
of multiauthor publications [PDF,
28 k]Additional help for editors of symposia, festschrifts, and the like.
- Ad Submission Guidelines Information on providing advertisements for journals that we typeset.
- Electronic Text Preparation Suggestions and Instructions Tips for easing the transition process from your word processor to our typesetting and publishing systems.
- Submitting Unicode-Ready Manuscripts How to know that the text you're using is Unicode-ready.
- Desk Copies Information on desk copies for professors interested in reviewing a title for possible classroom use.