I met the alphabet when I was very young, of course, singsonging through it in both conventional fashion and, like a good child of the seventies, with a hint of Grover disco [see below]. I thought it was pretty neat. It not only makes up all the words but it’s an always handy device for organizing things. At some point in our relationship, however, things got rocky.
Writing and editing are related skills, and the more writers and editors know about each other’s work, the better they can work together. Because of this, I will sometimes recommend books for writers to copyeditors (e.g., the April–May 2011 issue of Copyediting).
The big news in journalism this week has been the publication of the Columbia School of Journalism's findings on how Rolling Stone's November 2014 report about sexual assault on the campus of the University of Virginia went so wrong.
A few intriguing items for you this week: eavesdropping on writers, reading writers’ minds, invisible nautical terms brought to light, and the thrilling conclusion to a mystery. Plus, an intriguing bonus item ...
With editorial styles continuously evolving to reflect shifts in needs, sensibilities, technologies, and markets, it is just as important to notice what hasn’t changed. What stood out for me after reviewing 25 years of style changes is that, as a whole, we copyeditors resist changing our own style of thinking about our profession. Specifically, we’ve held on to a core, almost sacred, belief that editors must be invisible.
Last week, I talked about how to mash up different citation formats to fit an odd duck in your citation list. Got a research paper that’s available for download but doesn’t list an author? Combine a couple of standard citation examples, and you’re on your way. This week, I’ll review what to do when you have to create a citation format from scratch.
The point of any citation is to help the reader find the original source. The standard information given is:
At one point or another, most copyeditors have to deal with citations. They might be footnotes or endnotes, bibliographies, or references, but our job generally is to clean them up. We make sure all the necessary details are there, sometimes with the help of resources like BibMe (see our October–November 2014 newsletter for a review). We also ensure citations follow the style manual assigned to the project, often by flipping through pages and pages of citations.