Editorial Style Guide

The intent of this Editorial Style Guide is to serve as an effective resource for communicators across the Brown campus to establish consistency in editorial style for websites, print publications, social media and more. Learn more about the Editorial Style Guide or download a PDF of the style guide.

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On first reference, use Division of Biology and Medicine. On subsequent references, BioMed is acceptable. BioMed may also be used in a headline. 

the Board of Fellows

Capitalize, even when not preceded by Corporation of Brown University.

the Board of Trustees

Capitalize, even when not preceded by Corporation of Brown University.

Brown Alumni Magazine

on second reference: the BAM

The Brown Promise

The initiative that eliminates loans from all undergraduate financial aid packages awarded by Brown. Always use italics and capitalize "The."   

Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program


a mentoring and internship program


The comprehensive fundraising campaign launched in 2015. Italicize in all instances.


a digital learning initiative launched in 2017


the Brown alumni and giving website


An adjective, meaning “Brown-like” or exemplifying Brown qualities; a noun, referring to a Brown student or graduate. Avoid usage in communications for external audiences.

Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown

Acceptable to use Building on Distinction in all references. Brown’s strategic plan approved by the Corporation of Brown University in 2013 and launched in 2014. Italicize in all instances.


Treat all items within a bulleted list consistently in terms of capitalization, punctuation and sentence structure. Treat all bulleted lists consistently within a document. Do not use periods after each item in a list if the items are not complete sentences.

The pantry contains:

  • apples
  • bananas
  • oranges

When bullet points contain complete sentences, use a period after each bullet in the list and capitalize the beginning of each sentence.