Editorial Style Guide
Last updated: May 2008
Periods always go inside quotations marks.
My latest journal article is called "Biblical Pacification."
Note: Use a single space after a period at the end of a sentence.
Political parties and affiliations
Capitalize both the name of the party and the word party if it is customarily used as part of the organization’s proper name: Democratic Party, Republican Party, etc.
Capitalize Communist, Democrat, Republican, Socialist, etc., when they refer to the activities of a specific party or to individuals who are members of it. Lowercase these words when they refer to political philosophy.
Barbara is a Democrat.
Michael subscribes to republican ideals.
When referring to affiliations, use R- for Republicans, D- for Democrats and three-letter combinations for other affiliations.
Rep. Angela Baxter-Parsons, R-Va., was not available for comment.
Two or more capitalized sequential titles should not be used in introducing Regent's president. The preferred method is to lowercase president and follow with comma and Dr. as part of the formal title in body text. However, each of the variations listed below is acceptable.
Regent University's president, Dr. Carlos Campo, is speaking on the subject of spiritual vitality.
Regent president, Dr. Carlos Campo, enjoyed meeting with students.
Regent University President Carlos Campo, Ph.D., was awarded an honorary degree.
Dr. Carlos Campo, Regent University president, attended the event.
Program names (capitalization)
Capitalize the names of programs when they appear in body text and as headlines.
The school’s Master Teacher Program is enjoying a record enrollment.
For general rules of punctuation, refer to the AP Stylebook. (See specific entries, such as Apostrophe, Commas, Degrees, Italics, Quotation Marks, Periods.)
Quotation marks (structural use)
Periods and commas go inside quotation marks; semi-colons and colons go outside quotation marks.
Question marks may go either outside or inside quotation marks, depending on the context. If quotation marks contain the title of an article and the article title includes a question mark, then the question mark goes inside the quotations marks. If the overall sentence is a question, then the question mark goes outside the quotation marks.
John Gray's article "What are Medical Emergencies?" was published in the local newspaper.
Have you read the chapter by Henry Martin called "Instructions for Travel"?
Also, put quotation marks around words that are used to indicate irony.
The “feast” turned out to be a slice of melon.
Articles, speech titles, sermon titles and lecture titles should be put in quotation marks. Do not put book titles, magazine titles, newspaper titles, movie titles, play titles, song titles, television program titles (not television stations) and works of art in quotation marks—these should be in italics.
John’s seminar speech was titled “How Children See God.”
Evans’ article “Go in Peace or in Pieces” was published in The Herald.
I just read Of Mice and Men.
He chose to watch CBS Evening News.
Soltor’s sculpture Relentless is on display.
ABC is my favorite news channel.
(References to; see also Nondiscriminatory statements)
Identification by race is sometimes pertinent, as in the following:
In biographical and announcement stories, particularly when they involve an accomplishment that has not routinely been associated with the members of a particular race.
As a general policy, reference to one's race is unnecessary, unless it provides the reader with a substantial insight into conflicting emotions known or likely to be involved in a demonstration or similar event.
A regent is one who represents a king in his absence. In this same spirit, Regent University and its graduates are representatives of their King, Jesus Christ. Regent need not be capitalized when used as a general noun. Always capitalize when referring to the university.
While the word sacrament is not capitalized, we do capitalize the following: Eucharist, Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper. The elements—bread and wine—are not capitalized.
Schools of the university
(See School Names)
After the formal name is given initially, subsequent references to the entities may employ less formal titles: Regent University School of Divinity or divinity school.
Capitalization: It is not necessary to capitalize the name of the school when it is reduced to the area of study.
She is in the divinity program.
Referring to Regent University's schools of study: Do not capitalize the word school when using it alone in text.
The school also offers a degree via the Internet.
When referring to Regent University: Do not capitalize the word university when using it alone in text.
The university will start constructing a communication facility soon.
Listing the schools: Schools must always be listed in alphabetical order.
Regent offers eight schools of study: Communication & the Arts, Divinity, Education, Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship, Government, Law, Psychology & Counseling, and Undergraduate Studies.
Note: When referring to a subject of study without the use of the official title of the school, do not capitalize the subject area and do not use the ampersand (&).
Regent offers programs of study in the areas of business, communication and the arts, divinity, education, government, law, leadership studies, psychology and counseling, and undergraduate studies.
Scripture, scriptural, scripturally
According to Webster's Dictionary, the word scripture may be capitalized or left lowercased. However, at Regent we capitalize the noun when used as another name for the Holy Bible. Adjective and adverb forms may be left lowercased.
He opened the Scriptures and read.
Barney's assertion was not scriptural.
According to Scripture, David danced in a linen ephod.
Seasons of the year are not capitalized except when they title a particular semester that includes the year.
The course is only offered in the fall semester.
She must register for Spring Semester 1996.
She came to Regent fall 2001.
Fall semester, spring semester, summer session, etc., may be capitalized when referring to a specific semester. General references to semesters should be lowercased. Seasons of the year are not capitalized.
Registration for Fall Semester 1996 will begin tomorrow.
Students may begin in the spring semester.
Students returning in the fall are encouraged to enroll early.
Note that semesters are properly titled as follows: Fall Semester 1999, Spring Semester 2000.
Spaces (between sentences, after colons)
There is one space between sentences and after a colon (:).
Always spell out state names when they stand alone in copy. Abbreviate when preceded by a city.
He thinks Arkansas is the greatest state.
His home in Little Rock, Ark., was a haven for stray puppies.
Abbreviate the names of states when used with town and city names in body copy or text. When abbreviating in text, DO NOT use U.S. Post Office abbreviations (i.e. VA, WA, OR, MD, GA, etc.).
Accepted abbreviation forms are:
Ala., Ariz., Ark., Calif., Colo., Conn., Del., Fla., Ga., Ill., Ind., Kan., Ky., La., Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., Miss., Mo., Mont., Neb., Nev., N.H., N.J., N.M., N.Y., N.C., N.D., Okla., Ore., Pa., R.I., S.C., Tenn., Vt., Va., Wash., W.Va., Wis., Wyo.
Eight states cannot be abbreviated: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah.
U.S. Post Office abbreviations should be used only in mailing addresses.