Virginia Commonwealth University’s editorial style guide provides nomenclature standards and usage guidelines for writers of internal and external university communications. Augmenting the university’s preferred style, Associated Press, this guide serves as a resource to ensure that VCU websites, publications and other materials promoting the university maintain consistency in nomenclature, capitalization, punctuation, etc. 

For notes on style not addressed here, please refer to the AP Stylebook. You can access the AP Stylebook Online with your VCU eID through VCU Libraries: Where notes on style, usage and punctuation differ, adhere to the VCU editorial style guide. 

For notes on spelling not covered here, consult Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition. Use the first spelling listed unless a specific exception is listed in this guide. 

If your material is scholarly or technical, consult manuals specific to your discipline, such as guides published by the American Psychological Association or the Modern Language Association. 

For additional guidance, please contact University Marketing at (804) 828-1463. 

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