WITH ELSEVIER: THE INDEX
It is usually your responsibility to supply the index. If
you are unable to do this we can commission a professional
indexer on your behalf, but the cost of this work will be
charged to you unless otherwise agreed with your commissioning
require the index copy with return of your page proofs.
Send us a disk and a printout in double-line spacing.
entries may be single words, groups of words or whole topics
but you should try to foresee the style the reader is likely
to expect. For example, ‘Motorways, development of’
is far more useful than ‘Development of motorways’.
entering page numbers avoid such expressions as ‘159
et seq.’, ‘159ff’ or ‘Chapter 8’.
Tighten up the style to ‘159–70’ and ‘200–30’
respectively if the latter is the extent of Chapter 8.
alphabetical order of an index can be on a letter-by-letter
basis or on a word-by-word basis. Indexes ordered on a letter-by-letter
basis ignore spaces and hyphens. Whichever system you adopt
remember to use it consistently.
word processing packages have features which will make indexes
from your original text files. This can save some time,
but they need to be used with caution. Remember that you
want an index which corresponds to the page numbers of the
printed book, not to the page numbers in your original copy.
This can be overcome by going through your original text
on disk and changing the page breaks and page numbers so
that they correspond with those in the book but this is
something you would have to do yourself. Please note that
we are not able to supply you with a disk at this stage
which you would be able to use to compile an index using
your word processing package.
should also remember that automatic indexers only deal with
words in the text. Some of the most useful index entries
are those which classify material in ways not included in
the text. For example, it might be useful in a modern history
book to have an entry for ‘dictators’ which
would refer readers to material on Stalin, Hitler, Franco