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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Editing Tip: My daughter the PHD candidate sent this tip: “Chicago recommends omitting periods in abbreviations of academic degrees (BA, DDS, etc.) unless they are required for reasons of tradition or consistency with, for example, a journal’s established style.—CMOS 16, 10.20"

So my question for her. (Yeah, I'm letting her do the research. I'm in the middle of editing hell! (-: ) What about PHD and other initials that are usually seen with both caps and lower case? Do we make it upper and lower case? PhD?  Or PHD? 

Or, if any of you love Chicago like she and I do, look it up and let me know.  I'll soon have graduation invitations to send out and will need to know. (-:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults. and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success at Learn more about her other authors' aids at, where writers will find lists and other helps on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog. She tweets writers' resources at Please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

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