There are times when it helps to know how many words per page you're writing. While a general guideline is one page is 500 words (single spaced) or 250 words (double spaced), this is a ballpark figure. The truth is the number of words per page depends on a variety of factors such as the type of font, the font size, spacing elements, margin spacing, and paragraph length to name a few. While it's not possible to take into all these factors when estimating how many words per page there will be for your writing, this calculator can give a more accurate words per page conversion estimate than the typical 250/500 ballpark figure.
The calculator is able to provide a more accurate conversion by taking into account more specific information. For example, you can choose from a different variety of common fonts to generate an estimate:
- Comic Sans MS
- Times New Roman
You can then choose your preferred spacing from the following options:
- Single spaced
- 1.5 spaced
- Double spaced
Finally, you can choose your preferred font size: 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14.
By using these three options to more accurately define your writing, the words per page calculator should provide a better estimate on how many words you need to write to fill a page. In the opposite direction, it can give a more accurate estimate of how many pages you have created if you only know the word count.
While we make every attempt to make our calculators as accurate as possible, the results won't be perfect. This converter addresses some issues to provide a more accurate estimate, but in the end, it's still an estimate. Other issues such as margin space and paragraph length will likely result in some variation from the calculations given. That being said, it should provide a more accurate indication of the number of pages a specific word count will be and the number of words per page you type when compared to the general rule of thumb.
FAQ - How do I estimate the length of my paper?
What are the page limits for Automatica papers?
Papers that have been acccepted for publication in Automatica are subject to the following nominal page limits:
- Regular Paper: 10 printed pages (10000 words)
- Brief Paper: 6 printed pages (6000 words)
- Technical Communique: 4 printed pages (4000 words)
- Correspondence item: 2 printed pages (2000 words)
The "printed pages" that are referred to are the pages in the published version of Automatica.
The best way to estimate the length of your paper is to estimate the number of words. One printed page in the Journal has about 1000 words. The word count should of course include the space needed for equations and figures so a bare word count is not enough. The space needed for the authors' biographies and photos should also be counted.
What is the word count of my paper?
The simplest way to estimate the (equivalent) number of words is to count the actual number of words in, say, four lines of clear text of your document. After counting the number of lines on a page that does not contain equations, figures or tables it is now easy to determine the number of words per page of your document. Multiply this by the number of pages of your document (including all equations, figures, tables, appendices, etc.) to find the estimated length of the paper.
Warning: If your document is in single-column format and has many short displayed equations then this procedure will result in an over-estimate of the length of the printed version. The reason is that the printed Automatica paper is in two-column format, where short displayed equations take up half the space needed in one-column format.
Furthemore, if your paper has many figures, then the estimate may be not very accurate.
How can I estimate the size of the paper from my elsart or autart preprint?
If you prepare the final version of your paper as a LaTeX document based on the (unmodified) elsart style file then it is quite simple to estimate the size of the printed version.
Suppose that the preprint (including all figures, biliography, tables, etc.) has n pages. Then a reasonably reliable estimate of the length of the printed Journal version is n/2 pages.
You will obtain an even better estimate of the length of your paper if you use the autart style file, which produces output in two-column format similar to the printed style.