Proofreading focuses on consistency and not having errors. The biggest danger is when text is missing or hidden from view. The approach is minimalist. Spacing is important.
- Times New Roman, sized 12. Arial 16 bold for title, 14 bold for author and 12 regular for affiliation.
- Clio's Psyche is always kept in Imprint MT Shadow.
- The period, comma, exclamation point, and question mark are within quotes.
- Two spaces are always used between sentences, but only one space is used after a colon.
- Always single-space the text of the article.
- The start of a new paragraph is indented. All indentations are 0.5 inches, except for bullets, which are closer to the left edge at 0.25 inches.
- Use 8-point paragraph spacing after the title of the article, 12-point spacing after the author and affiliation, and 6-point spacing between paragraphs (except after the biography).
- Always used curled quotes, not straight.
- Use double rather than single quotation marks.
- Use single quotation marks for quotes within quotes.
Italics and Bolding
- Biographies of authors are indented and put in italics, as are the introduction to interviews and the information on books beginning with the author and name of the book(s).
- In biographies at the end of an article, bold the author’s name and highest degree at the beginning.
- Bold the initials in interviews.
- In the first part of the Bulletin Board, bold the names that are mentioned, but only for the first instance of their use.
- Italicize foreign words, unless they are very common.
- We do not use hyperlinks.
Other Style Issues
- Starting a sentence using the word, “And” is generally not acceptable.
- Don't use "myself" in writing.
- Author biographies normally end with the e-mail address of the author.
- Block quotes are not italicized but require indentation of their left and right margins.
- Try to integrate citations/bibliographic references into the text of the article itself when required. We do not like endnotes or footnotes.
- Ignore the “Y” touching the “E” below on the masthead of the first page