Editorial Style Guide
The goal of an effective editorial style guide is to promote consistency.
The use of clear and simple rules, with few exceptions, and the reliance
on a standard guide as the arbiter of stylistic conflicts should advance
this goal for Lewis University faculty and staff in all that is written
for and distributed to the Lewis community, as well as its external publics.
Editorial style includes the consistent use of spelling, punctuation, capitalization,
abbreviations and numeric symbols. The rules set out here are the same guidelines
the Office of Marketing and Communications uses in the editing and production
of all University publications and in the writing of all University press
releases. While APA (American Psychological Association) style is required
for most academic papers, the guidelines presented here mainly represent
the conventional style rules established by the Associated Press in its Stylebook
and Libel Manual. Some rules are also unique to Lewis, and have been established
as University standards. As this editorial guide was created, some rules
were refined to lend themselves to greater universality and consistency.
In order to avoid mixed messages in our publications, press releases and
other materials, the University created this style guide as part of its ongoing
efforts to promote the University’s identity, to advance its quality
of presentation, and to eliminate confusion among its various publics. The
last section of the Editorial Style Guide has been organized alphabetically
by category for ease of use.
The Director of Public Relations is available to help University faculty
and staff with these conventions. As you plan your projects, allow time for
this necessary editorial process. If you have questions, please contact the
Director of Public Relations at Ext. 5297.