Editorial Guidelines

Top 10 editorial guidelines to keep in mind:

  1. When referring to a specific address, “street” and “avenue” are
    abbreviated; East and West should be spelled out
    (e.g., 66 West 12th St.).
  2. 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
    avoid confusion.
  3. Do not use periods in degrees (e.g., PhD, MA, MBA).
  4. Spell out numbers 1-10; do not spell out a number larger than
    ten unless it begins a sentence.
  5. Phone numbers: xxx.xxx.xxxx
  6. 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.).
  7. Never use two spaces following a period or colon.
  8. 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.
  9. “Online,” “website,” and “email” should each be spelled as one
    word with no hyphen.
  10. 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.