When writing an article for Ancestor, please refer to this Style Guide for preparation of your publication
Guidelines for Authors
Language and spelling
- Generally Australian English, as per the Macquarie Dictionary.
- Please note:
- Great grandfather etc. (no hyphen)
- Use these for:
- Names of commercial databases
- Names of ships
- Names of books, newspapers, magazines and journals
- Foreign language words
- Do not use for: Text quotations
- Use this for:
- Website addresses
- Email addresses
- Use single quotation marks for short quotations (under 30 – 35 words), which are included in the text.
- Use double quotation marks for a quote within a quote.
- Longer quotations should be indented as a block quotation. The font size of the quotation should be one unit less than main text (e.g., 11 font v 12 font). No quotation marks are required. Introduce indented text with a colon.
- Always reference your block quotation by inserting an end-note immediately after the end of the block quotation. Use Arabic numerals for end-notes.
- Insert a one line space before and after the block quotation.
- Leave a space between paragraphs but don’t indent them.
- Use a single space after commas, colons, semicolons and at the end of sentences..
- Write dates as 3 September 1803 etc. i.e. simple number, not 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.
- Give the month and year in full. Except for direct quotes when original must be maintained. 1800s, not 1800’s etc.
- Write the numbers one to twenty as words unless part of a measurement.
- If at the start of a sentence, write in full or recast the sentence.
Weights and measures
- Use those appropriate to the time and place with an equivalent in brackets if required.
Titles of articles
- Use maximum capitalisation (title case).
- As a general guide, all words except the following should be capitalised
- - The conjunctions ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘or’, ‘nor’.
- - Short prepositions such as ‘with’, ‘to’, ‘for’, ‘at’, ‘by’ etc.
- - The articles ‘a’, ‘an’, ‘the’, ‘some’ Example: Shame in the Family
Titles of references in endnotes
- - Minimum capitalisation, i.e., capitalise only the first word and proper nouns.