Well Played Style Guide for Authors

These are the formatting requirements for the essays that will be published in the Well Played journal. Your essay must conform to these guidelines so that we can have uniform essays for the journal. It is recommended that you use the MS Word styles in this document as a template for your document.

  • Manuscripts must be turned sent using Microsoft Word
  • Please include minimal formatting: This means bolditalicsunderlinebullet points, and other simple formatting.Design will not begin until a final, copy edited, and properly styled manuscript is turned in
  • Design will not begin until a final, copy edited, and the properly styled manuscript is turned in
  • Editors will receive a PDF proof of their book. Corrections will be agreed upon between the Editors and the ETC Press editor.

Body Text

  • Use Arial or Times Roman 10 point font. Do not leave a blank line following headings. The margins for your entire paper should be 1 inch on all four sides. Text should be flush left, ragged right.
  • Use Arial or Times Roman 10 point font. Do not leave a blank line following headings. The margins for your entire paper should be 1 inch on all four sides. Text should be flush left, ragged right.
  • DO NOT Indent the first line of each paragraph. To separate your paragraphs, double space.
  • DO NOT use page numbers, running heads, or footnotes. If you must use notes, please see the guidelines for Footnotes and Endnotes.
  • Throughout the text, when referring to titles of games, movies, books, or Online articles, use italics. Do not use underlines.

Essay Length

Essays may be 3000-5000 words.


Beneath the Title and Subtitle, please list the author affiliations.

  • Author Name, Institution, Address, Email
  • Author Name 2, Institution, Address, Email

Endnotes or Footnotes

ETC Press prefers chapter endnotes to footnotes, unless the author believes the meaning conveyed is more clear with footnotes. We ask that there is consistency throughout the manuscript if there are multiple authors.When you are adding an endnote within a chapter, please do not use superscript. Instead, use Microsoft Word’s “Insert Endnote” feature:

  • Within the text: “insert endnote” with MS Word
  • At the end of the manuscript, include the text you want with the endnote.

If you decide to use footnotes, please follow the same as above.

When you are using footnotes instead of chapter endnotes, please do not use superscript. Instead, mark your document just as you would the endnotes, but include the footnotes at the bottom of the related chapter.

In-text Reference Style

Use APA reference style throughout your essay and the reference section. Please refer to the Sixth Edition of the APA Publication Manual for full details and more extensive examples.


…promoted with the use of technology (e.g., Hawkins & Pea, 1987)…

… Dewey (1929) called for systematic knowledge of teaching practice…

…orchestrating learning in naturalistic settings (Brown, 1992; Bruner, 1999)


Please DO NOT use a .5 inch “hanging” indent. Otherwise, please follow APA style. The MOST important thing about the reference style you use is that readers be able to locate the sources you cite! Please be especially clear in the case of references to on-line materials!)


Brown, A. (1992). Design experiments: Theoretical and methodological challenges in creating complex interventions in classroom settings. The Journal of Learning Sciences, 2(2), 141- 178.

Bruner, J. (1999). Postscript: Some reflections on education research. In E. C. Lagemann & L. S. Shulman (Eds.), Issues in education research: Problems and possibilities (pp. 399-409). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Hawkins, J., & Pea, R. D. (1987). Tools for bridging the cultures of everyday and scientific thinking. Journal for Research in Science Teaching, 24, 291-307.

Lave, J. (1987). Cognition in practice. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Extended Quotes/Block Quotes

For extended quotes, DO NOT include any formatted text. Instead, please mark the text with [block quote] at the front and [block quote] at the end. This enables our designers to search for this text, and create designs in both the print and digital format.

[block quote] We do this because it’s important to make it easy for all of our design teams to complete their work and to provide you with fastest turnaround as we can. [block quote]


If your manuscript includes images, please make sure to indicate where in the book the image will be located AND make sure you have named the image file properly. At the point in the manuscript the image will be located, place bracketed text that identifies the CHAPTER and the IMAGE NUMBER IN THAT CHAPTER: [image_1.1, image_1.2, image_1.3].


Please include a folder entitled “papertil_images”. Your images should be high resolution, 300 dpi. (For ebooks, all images will be resized to 800 x 600 and optimized for the Web.)

Figures and Tables

All Figures and Tables must be referred to in your text (see Table 1). Color figures may be included, but they will be printed in the proceedings in black and white, so please be sure that they will reproduce acceptable without color (see Figure 1). All figures and tables should be centered. Table captions are aligned left above the table. Figure captions are centered and placed below the figure.

**Please note: The ETC Press uses a template system with simple HTML codes. This means large tables or complex tables simply will never be displayed across all formats (ePub, Kindle, Web, and Print files) how you want them to look. The best way to solve this problem. Create IMAGE files of your tables.

Table 1. An example of a table for the ICLS proceedings.

Heading 1 Heading 2 Heading 3
Row 1 Cell 1 Cell 2 Cell 3
Row 2 Cell 4 Cell 5 Cell 6

Figure 1. The Image.

Type the words “Table” or “Figure” and the number in italics, and the remaining caption in Roman (not Italics) unless you are citing a source, which must be in italics.  Use a Period as punctuation after the Numeral. See example above.

Programming Codes

If illustrating a programming code, use a fixed width font.

**Please note: The ETC Press uses a template system with simple HTML codes. As with tables, it’s best to provide this as a jpeg.


If you would like to make acknowledgments in your essay, please do so after the Reference section, use the same font and size as the reference text.

Copy Editing

We strongly encourage writers and editors to hire professional copy editors for their work for two reasons. First, the closer you are to a manuscript, the more difficult it is to see its flaws. A fresh set of eyes will save you the hassle of making a multitude of grammatical corrections later. Second, once the design process begins you will have a limited ability to make changes to your book. The cleaner the initial copy, the better the final product.

While the ETC Press doesn’t provide those services, we can recommend professional copy editors who work in various formats, e.g. Chicago, APA. Most copy editors work on either a per hour ($25-50) or per project basis.