Publications - Guidelines for Society or Branches
These guidelines have been prepared as a basic guide. Interpretations of
correct procedures vary greatly between organizations and agencies and are
continuing to change. These guidelines rely heavily on the Style Manual, Sixth Edition, published by the Commonwealth
Government. They have been adapted to meet the perceived needs of the
Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. and to accommodate some existing
- Each branch may develop its own individual style of publication in line
with these guidelines.
- Throughout each individual publication the most important point is
- An exception is anything that is a quote, which should be exactly as
- These guidelines should be followed as far as possible for all electronic
media as well as printed media.
2. FRONT PAGES/COVERS
- This gives the first impression of the publication so all care should be
undertaken in its presentation.
- The Society name is to be in written in full, followed by the Branch.
Date of publication on this page is optional e.g.:
Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. |
- Must bear the full title of the work and may identify the author/s.
- Must also include the name of the publisher and date of publication.
REVERSE OF TITLE PAGE OR IMPRINT PAGE
- Used to accommodate lists of works by the same author/publisher, details
of a series, lists of editions or reprints, copyright line or statement,
- Publisher’s full name and postal address should be given.
- Use of differing fonts should be kept to a minimum throughout the
- Upper case should only be used for headings, titles, surnames, etc. Bold
type may be used to highlight or emphasize a word, phrase, paragraph or
- Italics are to be used for all newspapers e.g. The Advocate, The Mercury, The Launceston Examiner.
- Italics are usually used for all ships, titles of books or articles but
single quotes are optional provided one or the other method is used
consistently e.g. Bellona or 'Bellona' not Bellona; Pioneers of Tasmania’s West Coast
by C J Spinks or 'Pioneers of
Tasmania’s West Coast' by C J Spinks.
- Use a full stop at the end of a sentence.
- Use a full stop after an abbreviation that does not end with the last
letter of full form of the word. Inc. Prof. Soc. Co. e.g. i.e.
- It is not necessary to use full stops in abbreviations such as Mr Mrs Dr
Jnr Snr Rd St Pty Ltd because they all end in the last letter of the word.
- Nor is it necessary to use full stops when using initials or acronyms.
- As less punctuation is desirable in databases or indexes, the above rules
need not apply but consistency is essential.
Use as few apostrophes as possible.
- An apostrophe is used to indicate the possessive of nouns e.g. John’s hat
= the hat of John. The s' should be used for plural nouns that end in s
e.g. Members' Interests = the interests of the members.
- Omit apostrophes from church and place names e.g. St Marks Church,
- An apostrophe is used to indicate the omission of a letter or letters
e.g. can’t, haven’t, would’ve.
- An apostrophe is not used with 1860s 1830s or acronyms: e.g. BDMs
Registers, PROs records..
- The first time an acronym is used it is to be written in full, followed
immediately by the acronym in brackets. Thereafter the acronym can be used
in that publication.
- Acronyms do not have full stops or commas between the letters e.g. TAMIOT
rather than T.A.M.I.O.T; PO rather than P.O.; AJCP rather than A.J.C.P.;
VDL rather than V.D.L.
- Double quotation marks are to be used to indicate direct speech.
- Short quotes of less than thirty words are to be within single quotation
marks or italicized.
- Longer quotes should be indented without quotation marks, need not be
italicized and may be printed in a smaller font.
- A standard method must be used throughout the publication e.g. 24 March
2009. An exception would be a direct quote when the original must be
- Numbers less than one hundred are generally expressed in words, e.g. two,
three, fifty-five etc.
- Exceptions - when used to indicate a unit of measurement e.g. ages (21
years); dates (3 March 1886); distances (12 km), weights (3 kg), areas
(1100 acres), money ($12.50), time 2:00 or 2.00 or 2 o’clock, percentages
- Should be used to enclose words or phrases inserted in the text by
someone other than the author or original source.
- Should be used to indicate other notes such as [continued overleaf] [see
- There are many usage conventions for abbreviations, with the result that
the choice may be confusing. Each branch is free to develop its own set of
guidelines for abbreviations, but, as emphasised elsewhere, the most
important point is consistency, both within the text and within the branch.
[A list of suggested abbreviations can be found in the guidelines held
at each branch.]
- A list of abbreviations used within each publication should be included
at the beginning of the publication.
Last updated 18 August 2012