House Style

Please respect the following indications to minimize editing:

  • Please write in a clear and accessible style, free from jargon and specialized technology. Essential technical terms should be defined, and acronyms spelt out when used for the first time;
  • Please use non-sexist language, e.g. ‘chairperson’ not ‘chairman’, ‘humankind’ not ‘mankind’, ‘they’ not ‘he’, etc.;
  • Sections and levels: Please do not number titles and limit the number sub-headings;
  • Title and main headings: Please mark these in bold text. Use initial capital letters for important words before any colon but for only the first word after the colon, e.g. The Politics of Aid: A new framework for development cooperation;
  • Sub-headings: Please mark these in bold and italic text. Use lower case after the first word, e.g. Conclusions and policy implications;
  • Layout: Please do not use complicated systems of indentation. Use bullet points not numbers;
  • Spelling is based on the New Oxford Dictionary of English. Use British English spelling (e.g. neighbour not neighbor, colour not color, etc.), and ‘ize’ ending (e.g. organize not organise, organization not organisation);
  • Use capital letters for North, South, East, West but not northern, southern, eastern, western;
  •  Numbers: Please spell out one to twelve, and use figures from 13 onwards. Please give a US dollar (US$) equivalent of other currencies;
  • Percentages: Please spell out ‘percent’ rather than using the symbol %.


Quotations longer than two lines should be indented and do not need quotation marks. Short quotes should be included within the body of the text, marked with single quotation marks.
Quotations should be followed by indication of source with the full stop after the source and not before, e.g.:

The ‘new information society’ has nothing to do with the traditional concept of ‘information’. Today ‘information’ includes many disciplines which – in terms of channels, contents, applications and components – are found in every process in contemporary society (Savio, 2002: 19).
The source should be indicated for all quotes (even very short ones) or any reference made to the work of other writers. Information obtained by means of personal communications should be acknowledged as such.


Explanatory notes should be indicated by a number in brackets, following the punctuation of the sentence of phrase to which it refers.(1) Please do not use the Footnotes/endnotes facility. Notes should be laid out as normal text and placed all together at the end of the article before the Reference section


Please use the Harvard-style system (surname and date) indicated in the text (Rasheed, 1998: 133-35). Multiple references should appear in date order (Daly, 1989; Robertson, 1990: 34; Martinez, 1995).
References to material on the Internet should be given in a footnote, not in the reference list. The full URL should be given as well as the date of access.
Example: (, accessed 15 July 2003)
All references in the text should be listed alphabetically in the References section at the end of the article.

Please observe the following style:


Griffen, Gabriele and Rosi Braidotti (eds.) (2002) Thinking Differently: A reader in European women’s studies, London: Zed Books.

Chapters in a book

Colini, Marina (2002) ‘Women’s Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Biopolitics in Europe’, in Gabriele Griffen and Rosi Braidotti (eds.) Thinking Differently: A reader in European women’s studies, London: Zed Books.

Articles in journals

Hamelink, Cees J. (2002) ‘Social Development, Information and Knowledge’, Development 45(4): 5-9.
Unpublished reports
IFAD (2003) ‘Women as Agents of Change: Roundtable discussion paper for the 25th anniversary session of IFAD’s Governing Council’, unpublished report, Rome: IFAD.

Unauthored articles in newspapers

The Times (2003) ‘Towards a Just Economy’, 19 January.