ABOUT THE STYLEBOOK
This online edition of the Georgia State University Stylebook replaces the third edition, published in 1998.
The online edition covers only the principles of style that are unique to Georgia State University. The university’s editorial style still is largely based on principles absorbed from The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law and Webster’s New World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. Consult these volumes for spelling, style and usage questions not covered here.
Why adopt an editorial style?
To bring consistency to university publications produced for the general public requires referees with a rule book: Georgia State University editors and their stylebooks. Editorial style has to do with a set of judgments about what is grammatically correct, about consistency in punctuation and capitalization and about what currently is acceptable usage.
The Georgia State University style is based upon years of review and use; on conformance with widely embraced practices in the academic, public relations and news communities; and, most important, on the principles expounded by the foremost authorities on style today.
The Georgia State University editorial style is not applied to monograms, scholarly research, journal articles, faculty-written books or articles, dissertations or the like. The Georgia State University editorial style is the preferred style for Georgia State University written communications directed to the public, such as advertisements, brochures, calendars, catalogs, fliers, newsletters and tabloids, news releases, posters and recruitment materials.
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