House Style Guide

HOUSE STYLE GUIDE

In addition to following the basic guidelines for formatting and layout of your manuscript, here are some supplementary house style mandates to consider before submitting your work:

  • Use standard American spelling and usage, the only exception being within the context of a direct quote when you should reproduce the text you are citing exactly as it appears.
  • Use a single space after a period.
  • Italicize foreign words consistently.
  • Translate non-English quotes immediately following the quotation in brackets (e.g. “que sera sera” [what will be, will be]). If you lead with the English translation put the original language in brackets instead.
  • Use a tab and not extra spacing to indicate paragraph breaks.
  • Use dashes to indicate compound words (e.g., high-risk).
  • Use en dashes to note a range of numbers, such as pages or dates (e.g. 2–13).
  • Include the tens and ones digits for all page ranges (e.g., 34-37, 102-09; NOT 34-7)
  • Use em dashes to set off phrases in a sentence—like this—by typing two hyphens followed directly by the next word in your sentence; the em dash will appear after you insert the normal space following the double hyphens.
  • Use double quotation marks for all quotes, including to indicate when a word is being used as a term (e.g., “othered”) or to define a term (e.g., unheimlich, meaning “uncanny” or “weird”); use single quotation marks for quotes within a quote.
  • When using quotation marks for purposes other than citing quotes from your sources, place all punctuation EXCEPT colons and semi-colons within your quotation marks (e.g., what we really need to discuss is the relationship between “might” and “right,” not the definition of either term on its own).
  • For block quotations, use the indent command and not multiple tabs or spaces.
  • Spell out numbers one to ninety-nine.
  • Spell out centuries (twentieth, not 20th). The adjectival form requires a hyphen (twentieth-century novel). Do not insert an apostrophe in dates (1660s, not 1660’s).
  • Insert your ellipses manually as three periods with a space on both sides of all of them (eg., . . . ).
  • Do not capitalize titles or institutional names unless they are part of specific, official names (e.g., the king versus King Henry or the church versus the Church of England).
  • The first reference to an author in your prose should include his/her/their name; subsequent references can use last names only.