Quick Guide

Below are editorial topics that are likely to come up most often as you write your publications.

The UO
When using abbreviations, use the UO, Oregon, or the university, not Univ. of Ore., U of O, or the University.

Serial comma
Use it. Reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Hyphens and dashes
Hyphens are used for compound words and breaking words to the next line. Em dashes are used to indicate a break in the syntax of a sentence, much like offsetting a clause with commas. En dashes are used to express a range, such as Monday–Friday. More.

Spaces
Do not include spaces before and after em or en dashes. Include only one space between end punctuation and the beginning of a new sentence.

Time
Use the ": 00" for 1:00, 2:00 and so on. Use lower case letters and periods for a.m. and p.m. Noon is noon and midnight is midnight, not 12:00 a.m. or p.m. More. Days of the week and months of the year should be spelled out.

Numbers
Spell out one through nine. Unless beginning a sentence, use numerals for ten and up. Same for ordinal numbers: sixth, ninth, but 12th, 104th. More. Phone numbers should have dashes, not dots or parentheses: 541-346-3559.

Capitalization
Professor Bob Smith is capitalized, but Bob Smith, professor of sociology, isn't. Same with president and director. Department of Biology is capitalized, but "Go to the biology department" or "I got an A in biology" isn't. The University of Oregon is capitalized, but "the university" isn't. More.

Degrees
Unless beginning a sentence, degree names aren't capitalized, as in "bachelor's degree in chemistry." Do not use periods in degree abbreviations, so a master of arts degree is an MA, a bachelor's degree in music is a BMus, and a doctoral degree in education is a DEd. More.

UO in Portland
Referred to as the University of Oregon in Portland or the UO in Portland. not the Portland Center or Portland Campus. The building itself is the White Stag Block. More.

Alumni
"Alumni" is a plural noun referring to more than one male or a mixed gender group. "Alumnae" refers to more than one female. "Alumnus" is a single male. "Alumna" is a single female. "Alum" is not a word or an acceptable abbreviation. More.

Go, Ducks!
When cheering on the team, the phrase Go, Ducks! requires a comma, identical to such cases as Run, Spot, run! or Happy birthday, Bob!