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Manuscripts submitted should not exceed the limit of 7500 words or 12 pages. Also, authors are encouraged to arrange their manuscript in a manner that the number of the pages is even.

Is it possible to avoid the use of "in a manner that ...." in this sentence? I'm looking for better/shorter alternatives to this sentence.

  • An easy fix: change in a manner to so: authors are encouraged to arrange their manuscript so that the number of the pages is even. – J.R. Jun 7 '15 at 19:11
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You could replace 'in a manner that' (which sounds odd to my ear anyway) with 'such that':

Also, authors are encouraged to arrange their manuscript such that the number of pages is even.

You could shorten it even further:

Also, manuscripts should have an even number of pages.

Or even combine the sentences:

Manuscripts submitted should not exceed the limit of 7500 words or 12 pages, and an even number of pages is encouraged.

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