Updated Guide to IUP University Style for Print and Online Publications

Posted on 3/27/2017 2:11:29 PM

We are pleased to announce a major update to our documentation of IUP’s university style for print and online publications. These are the style rules we follow to make all of our publications, from the website to the catalog, readable and consistent.

Note that this is an update to our documentation of university style, not an update to the style itself. We continue to use the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, as our main reference. (For the curious, we’ve included references to Chicago and other sources within the guide.)

Because so many of our publications are now online first, we’ve included information specifically for web publication within the main guide. We think this will make it easier to find these topics without having to wonder which guide might have the needed information.

So what will you find in the guide? Answers to questions like these:

  • Does IUP use the Oxford comma? See the entry for “commas in a series.” (Hint: yes, a thousand times yes.)

  • Should you refer to the freshmen class or the freshman class? See “freshman v. freshmen.”

  • Do you refer to IUP as the University or the university? See “IUP’s name.”

  • Is it called PASSHE or the State System? See “State System.”

  • Is that student a History major or a history major? See “programs, majors, and degree names.”

  • Should the university’s main phone number be written (724) 357-2100 or 724-357-2100? See “phone numbers.”

We hope this updated guide helps you when submitting content for publication in print or on the website. And thank you to Amanda Peterson, our fall 2017 intern, for her work interviewing the team and documenting our standard practices.