The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communication

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Front and Back Matter

Copyeditors who work on books and book-length documents may be called upon to handle front matter (the materials that appear before the first page of the text proper) and back matter (the materials that appear at the end of the volume). For the sake of brevity, in this chapter book is used to refer to any publication that is printed in the form of a traditional book.


FRONT MATTER

All books have at least four pieces of front matter (also called preliminaries or prelims):

The half-title page (bastard title page) displays the main title of the book only. (Sometimes the half-title page is eliminated to save space.)

The title page gives the title, subtitle, edition, author's name, publisher's name, and the cities in which the publisher's main offices are located.

The copyright page includes the copyright notice, Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication (CIP) data, and the book's publishing history (e.g., earlier editions).

The contents page, which carries the heading “Contents” (rather than “Table of Contents”), lists all the chapters or sections and the opening page number for each.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Part 1 - The Abcs of Copyediting 1
  • 1 - What Copyeditors Do 3
  • 2 - Basic Procedures 29
  • 3 - Reference Books and Resources 57
  • Part 2 - Editorial Style 69
  • 4 - Punctuation 71
  • 5 - Spelling and Hyphenation 121
  • 6 - Capitalization 151
  • 7 - Numbers and Numerals 171
  • 8 - Quotations 196
  • 9 - Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Symbols 216
  • 10 - Tables, Graphs, and Art 242
  • 11 - References 274
  • 12 - Front and Back Matter 297
  • 13 - Typecoding 309
  • Part 3 - Language Editing 333
  • 14 - Grammar: Principles and Pitfalls 335
  • 15 - Beyond Grammar 377
  • Checklist of Editorial Preferences 421
  • Glossary of Copyediting Terms 431
  • Glossary of Grammar Terms 447
  • Answer Keys 457
  • Selected Bibliography 527
  • Index 531
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