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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An abbreviation for “that is to say.” It is always followed by a comma.

internet, intranet


Use italics sparingly to emphasize a word or phrase. Do not use bold, underline or capital letters. Never italicize an entire sentence or paragraph.

  • The damaging evidence was offered by the boy’s own mother.
  • It was Leo!

A small number of Brown’s strategic initiatives are italicized:

  • Building on Distinction
  • BrownTogether
  • Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion

Do not italicize names of newspapers, magazines, journals or other publications.

(See: “publication names” and “titles of works”)