Yale Editorial Style Guide

Editors are regularly asked whether a particular word or usage is right or wrong, and often the correct answer is “It depends.” Many editorial matters—such as capitalization, punctuation, and occasionally even grammar and spelling—are less a matter of fixed rules than of conventions. An organization that publishes any text should decide which of several correct styles to adopt. A style is a set of conventions that ensures consistent and appropriate usage for a publication or a series of publications. The chosen style provides choices between possible alternatives: for example, choices between alternate spellings, when to abbreviate and how, the appropriate degree of formality, and conventions on punctuation. Adhering to a style will help a writer to avoid the inconsistency or inappropriateness that can mar a publication. In its voluminous publishing ventures, Yale University has not adopted one style that governs all. Go to the Yale Editorial Style Guide.