SPA Style Guide 2015-16

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Standardised Style Guide

Writing resource

 

 

7/27/2015

Contents[1]

Abbreviations and acronyms …………………………………………………………………….                 3

Apostrophes ……………………………………………………………………………………….                 3

Dates and times …………………………………………………………………………………..                 3

Headlines ………………………………………………………………………………………….                 3

Hyphenating ……………………………………………………………………………………….                 3

Interviews ………………………………………………………………………………………….                 3

Measurements …………………………………………………………………………………….                 3

Numbers …………………………………………………………………………………………...                 4

Names and titles …………………………………………………………………………………..         4

Online ………………………………………………………………………………………….…...         4

Quotes – Punctuation …………………………………………………………………………….                 4

Quotes – Structure ………………………………………………………………………………..                 4

University specific names and titles …………………………………………………………….                 5

Use of capitals …………………………………………………………………………………….                 5

Use of italics ……………………………………………………………………………………....                 5

Other ……………………………………………………………………………………………….          5

Having a style guide for your publication helps ensure consistency across contributors and articles. It helps your publication appear more professional, eases pressures on your section/ sub editors by using easily-referenced rules, and covers a wide range of topics - from grammar to article formatting, as well as technical language advice.

Individual, publication-specific guides like this one should grow as the editor notes frustrations or advice for concurrent committees. We’ve fine-tuned an amalgamation of style resources from SPA members to give you a starting point, but the rest is up to you!

You can also check out either the Guardian or Telegraph style guides if you want to see what hefty, industry ones look like. Don’t forget - basic spelling, grammar and punctuation always apply - but when it comes to style, there’s plenty of room to disagree!

Abbreviations and acronyms:

Apostrophes:

Dates and times:

Freshers

Headlines:

 Hyphenating:

Interviews:

Measurements:

Numbers:

Names and titles:

Online:

         [If applicable] Articles should carry an excerpt, inserted in the relevant space on the writing page. This is the text that will show on the homepage under the title of your article. It should be less than 20 words, and grab the reader’s interest

●          Have any relevant tags added, to increase inter-site and external search optimisation

Quotes - Punctuation:
Beware the meta quotation marks. Single ones are used in this style guide to illustrate an example (e.g. ‘…’)

Quotes – Structure:
Meta quote marks rule still applies...

University specific names and titles:

Use of capitals:

Use of italics:

Other:


[1] This document is designed to be a reference for student publications without their own style guide. There will undoubtedly be variations on what styles individual publications use, so don’t be worried if yours doesn’t match this guide.