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Background and general guidelines

Ontario Tech University's Editorial Style Guide promotes a consistent brand identity and clear messages in university communications and documents.

This Editorial Style Guide captures the university’s preferred terminology, punctuation and abbreviations. From capitalization to hyphenation to the proper names of our facilities, this guide will help answer your questions.

The university follows Canadian Press style (CP Stylebook; CP Caps and Spelling) and the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, except where specified.

This guide should be used when writing academic calendars, campuswide emails, flyers, media advisories and releases, viewbooks, web copy, Weekly Report and other university documents for public distribution.

This document is maintained by the Communications and Marketing department. It replaces all previous style documents. The Editorial Style Guide is reviewed and updated annually.

Note: This guide does not follow style typically reserved for research papers. For academic bibliographies and citations, researchers should use such styles as:

  • American Psychological Association
  • The Manual of Chicago Style
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Modern Language Association

Questions and comments

We welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions regarding the Editorial Style Guide at