Top 10 editorial guidelines to keep in mind:
- When referring to a specific address, “street” and “avenue” are
abbreviated; East and West should be spelled out
(e.g., 66 West 12th St.).
- Do NOT use TH, th, RD, rd, ST, st on dates unless the
number is written before the name of the month.
Use either: March 15 OR the 15th of March
but never: March 15th.
Time: 7:00 p.m. (a.m. and p.m. in lower case with
periods and a space between the hour and the a.m./p.m., and include all
zeroes, i.e. not 7 p.m.). 12:00 noon instead of 12:00 p.m. is permissible to
- Do not use periods in degrees (e.g., PhD, MA, MBA).
- Spell out numbers 1-10; do not spell out a number larger than
ten unless it begins a sentence.
- Phone numbers: xxx.xxx.xxxx
- U.S. and U.N. (with periods) are adjectives and United States and
United Nations are nouns: "U.S. citizens can enter the United States without
a visa"; "the United Nations is housed in the U.N. building." USA is only
used as a rhetorical flourish: "Welcome to Anytown, USA!" Whenever possible,
use U.S. or United States rather than American or America ("U.S. foreign
policy," "U.S. troops", "the role of the United States," etc.).
- Never use two spaces following a period or colon.
- When newspapers and periodicals are mentioned in text, an
initial the, even if part of the official title, is lowercased (unless it
begins a sentence) and not italicized. In addition, following the
“the,” only the official name should be italicized.
- “Online,” “website,” and “email” should each be spelled as one
word with no hyphen.
- For web addresses, include the www. (e.g., www.newschool.edu). Do NOT underline. Do NOT include http://.
Download The New School Editorial Style Guide (Adobe PDF format) for detailed information about editorial guidelines at The New School.