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Style

Manuscripts should be written in English, using British spelling (labour not labor) and -is/-ys in words such as digitising, analysing, etc.

Numbers etc.
Spell out numbers one to ten only; but numbers at the starts of sentences should always be given as words. In paragraphs with lots of numbers (e.g multiple percentages or distances) use figures throughout, even for numbers one to ten, and use abbreviations such as % and km
0.301 cubic metres, 38 hectares, 14 mm, 28 degrees
44 per cent (44% in notes), 14 degrees
£246, £1 10s, 5s 3d, A$256,300, US$10 million
1 December 1946 (in text), 1 Dec. 1946 (in notes)
1950s, the fifties
number and date ranges should be given with an en dash (–) rather than a hyphen: 1900–1945; pp. 14–24

Quotations
Use single quote marks, except for quotes within quotes; punctuation marks should be placed outside the closing quotation mark except where the quotation marks contain a complete sentence or more, or, as with a question mark or exclamation mark, where they are integral to the quotation.

Punctuation
place reference markers outside punctuation
do not put a comma before and in lists: ‘red, white and blue’, not ‘red, white, and blue’.

Other
Italicise foreign words on first appearance
Map 1, Figure 25, Chapter 2, Appendix 1, Volume 1, Note 1 (citations in text) fig. 1, vol. 1, n. 1 (in notes)
Omit points after lower-case contractions containing last letter of singular and after plurals. E.g. Dr, St, Mt, Ltd; ed./eds; c. (circa); encl./encls (enclosure/s).
No points for capitalised abbreviations (e.g. UK, USA)
Small caps for BC, AD and BP
World War One
the nineteenth century, mid-nineteenth century
the south-east, South-east Asia
For further guidance, see the Chicago Manual of Style.

Bibliographic Citations

Can use one of two styles:

Style 1:

Style 2:

Graphs and Tables

Graphs and tables should always be in black and white or, if required by their complexity, in scales of gray.

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