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A consistent editorial style is essential to effective communication across such a large higher ed institution as UMass Amherst. This editorial style guide for UMass communications recommends word choice and usage to ensure and promote consistency while adhering to the university brand.

The university mainly follows The Chicago Manual of Style, but those writing and editing periodical copy or press releases may also rely on The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual. For all spelling and definition guidance, communicators should use Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

Since language is always changing, this guide is meant to be fluid and will be updated often. Check back from time to time to make sure you’re using the most current editorial style to ensure clear, concise, and up-to-date communication.