Supplementary Materials

You and your series editor should discuss supplements at the time of signing the contract or shortly thereafter. Supplements should be planned as a package and timed to be produced with the finished text. This is an important marketing consideration as instructors may want to see the entire package of supplements before they adopt a text.

There are many different types of supplements. The basic kinds of print supplements that are provided with a text may include an Instructor's Resource Manual, a Test Bank, and a Student Study Guide. Many non-print supplements (such as videos or computerized test banks) are generally the responsibility of Allyn & Bacon; however, you may be asked to supply a Video User's Guide, in which case the appropriate information will be furnished to you in advance.

You also may be interested in providing content for a website for your book. If so, talk to your editor.

You are responsible for preparing your supplement in camera-ready form on a word processor in a standard program and having it printed on a laser printer. (See Camera-Ready Copy.) You are also responsible for proofreading your own manuscript and making corrections before it is submitted. All print supplements should be submitted in camera-ready format; in other words, they will be printed just as they are submitted, and will include any typographical or other errors that you may have inadvertently included.

Ideally, you should submit your supplements soon after you have submitted your final text manuscript. You should begin to prepare your supplement(s) as you prepare your text manuscript. Plan to go back into the supplement for revision twice, first when you submit the final manuscript for production and again when you see the final page proofs. At these times, you should double-check your supplement to make sure it reflects any changes that may have been made in copyediting or in page makeup of the main text. You will also be able to add any text page references from the final page proofs. If someone else is preparing a supplement to accompany your text, you are still responsible for reviewing that supplement to ensure that it is accurate and free of errors.

Your editor will have provided you with a final due date for your supplement. We can't stress enough that submitting supplements past that date may adversely affect the marketing and adoption of your text.

If you are preparing a test bank, there are a couple of additional guidelines for you to follow. Your printed test bank may also become a computerized test bank; if so, following these guidelines is essential for formatting the computerized version. (Check with your editor to establish whether your test bank will also become computerized.)
  1. Numbering of Questions:
    Questions should be "double-numbered" to indicate both the chapter number and question number. As each chapter will consist of different sets of questions (multiple choice, true/false, etc.), you should either: 1) Maintain sequential numbering throughout the chapter, or 2) Re-number for each section (i.e., begin with Question No. 1 for multiple choice, begin again with No. 1 for true/false, and so on). Either of these options is acceptable, as long as you are consistent in your method of numbering throughout.

  2. Difficulty Levels:
    Every question must be assigned a difficulty level. You should label each question as either "1" for "Easy," "2" for "Medium," or "3" for "Challenging." (If difficulty levels are not provided, then every question will be labeled as having a "medium" difficulty in our computerized testing program. As you know, it is important for professors to be able to pick and choose questions of various difficulty levels.) The difficulty level can either be listed under the question or next to the question (in the margin).

  3. For every test bank that will also become a computerized test bank, you will need to submit TestGen files of that test bank along with the hard copy.

If you are working on an 8-1/2 x 11-inch page, setting your computer with these margins will help you fit your text within the print text space, thus avoiding any reductions of the print, and poorer quality. Note that all text, including folios, footers and headers, footnotes, etc., should fall within these margins.


For 8-1/4" x 10-7/8"
    Set margins at:
         Top: 5/8"
         Bottom: 5/8"
         Sides: 1"

For 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
    Set margins at:
         Top: 2"
         Bottom: 1-1/2"
         Sides: 2-1/4"

Make sure the even page numbers fall on the outside, top-left corner of the page, and the odd page numbers on the outside top-right corner of the page.


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