GPP Style Guide

Style Tips

  • Avoid sales pitches.
  • Avoid introductory clauses. This is a blog post, not a novel. If it helps you to write, do and edit it out later.
  • Include only one space between the punctuation at the end of one sentence and the start of a new sentence.
  • Spell out words vs. use contractions; e.g., cannot vs. can’t.
  • Use acronyms for phrases that are used more than once in an article or chapter.
  • Spell out the full phrase followed by the acronym in parentheses the first time it appears in the text; thereafter refer only to acronym.
  • You may use acronyms in titles and subheads, unless the words need to be spelled out for clarity.
  • Italicize the names of publications. Put titles of articles in quotations.
  • Use hyphens to connect compound modifiers.
  • An ellipsis is used to denote missing text from a quotation or quoted passage. Use a space, three dots (periods), and a space to create the ellipsis
  • The abbreviation “e.g.” means “for example.” The abbreviation “i.e.” means “that is.”
  • “Under way” should be two words unless you are referring to a shipping vessel. This gets abused frequently, so we are spreading the word. An FDA investigation may be “under way,” but it is unlikely to ever be “underway.”
  • References and footnotes: cite your sources, usually by including a link to the site you have referenced. If you need to write out a reference, use a standard format (MLA is fine).
  • Give your post a spell check and grammar review before submitting to GPP.

Resource: We like FDA’s best writing guidelines for patient guides. It articulates how to clearly, succinctly convey your key points. Check out Appendices B, C and D.

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