Where do page numbers go in Chicago Manual of Style format? The usual place to find them is the upper right-hand corner, along with the last name of the writer, however, manuscript page numbers may be placed in several different locations. Some editors prefer a more unconventional format. We've detailed all the valid options below.
Following the Chicago Manual of Style format, the most conventional location for page numbers is:
Other possible placements are at the top-left or at the bottom of the page, either centered, flush left, or flush right. Page numbers located at the bottom of a page are also called drop folios.
Unconventional placements are always at the discretion of the editor; when in doubt, place in the upper right. Always check with your editor before considering an unconventional placement for page numbers.
Certain pages have no page numbers but are still included in the page numbering. These pages include:
When examining page numbering according to the Chicago Manual of Style format, it should also be noted that different numbering schemes are used depending on the section of the manuscript involved.
Your paper's margins will necessarily affect the location of the page numbers. Remember, Chicago style requires one-inch margins all the way around the paper: top, bottom, left and right. That rule also applies to page numbers. Page numbers should be an inch from the edge of the page, even with the last character of text.
Getting the little details associated with a given style guide exactly right may seem trivial at first. It isn't. Style manuals are designed to guarantee readability, which your teacher or editor is sure to appreciate. More importantly, getting style rules exactly right demonstrates care and effort on your part, as well as respect for your readers.
For more help with Chicago style documents, take a look at our article on Chicago style citations. For more detailed assistance, the authoritative text on Chicago style is Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. There's even an online version for your convenience.
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