Editorial Style Guide

One measure of good writing is consistency. To that end, Strategic Communications has compiled this style guide to help achieve a consistent image across the variety of written communication materials that represent UCI, including brochures, news releases, periodicals and websites. Please use it in preparing your own publications, and share it with writers to whom you outsource assignments. All communications materials created by Strategic Communications will adhere to this guide. This is a companion to the campus’s Graphic Identity Standards and Nomenclature Guidelines.

The Associated Press Stylebook and Reference Manual serves as our primary reference for word usage, spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation. An additional resource, The Chicago Manual of Style, also provides extensive information on copy editing and manuscript preparation. We recommend Webster’s New World Dictionary and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Where discrepancies exist, the UCI Editorial Style Guide takes precedence.

Key to entries

This style guide is organized alphabetically. Click on any of the links below to see each entry (unlinked terms don’t have attached explanations). Entry names, in Arial bold type, indicate lowercase or capitalization as appropriate. Body text, in Times New Roman, explains usage. Examples of correct and incorrect usage are shown in italics, except where the use of italics would be confusing to the example given.