Where should authors’ names and affiliations be placed in a book manuscript for an edited collection?

Note: This post relates to content in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. For up-to-date guidance, see the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook.

If the publisher provides instructions about where to place authors’ names and affiliations, the volume editor should follow these instructions. Published versions of books typically place this information at the back of the volume or at the beginning or end of each essay. For most books published by the MLA, contributor information appears in a separate section at the end of the volume. This section is titled “Notes on Contributors,” and volume editors are asked to submit this with the manuscript. If in doubt, however, it’s best to provide the author’s name and affiliation at either the beginning or the end of each essay.