One of our article quality control editors (Kirk, Editor #15) offered up an internal memo yesterday for the rest of our editors on the most common article titles errors that we were not catching well enough. I thought I’d share the note with you.
In our editorial guidelines, we cover what should and shouldn’t be in the article title (Section 2. a.). Here are common mistakes we’re continually correcting when doing QC on articles that are already approved:
- Commas are allowed, but in the middle of titles ONLY
- The only punctuation we allow at the end of titles are question marks
- NO exclamation points or periods
- All colons: and semicolons; long and medium dashes, pipes | and slashes / are to be replaced with short dashes, or changed to word equivalents (man/woman becomes man or woman)
- Ampersands (&) parentheses () are allowed
- Quotation marks are allowed to emphasize a PART of a title, but if they surround the entire title, remove them
- Microsoft Smart quotes: I have seen many editors overlook the smart quote, these need to removed otherwise things will break, ie: RSS Feeds, Email Alerts etc…
- “Smart” Ellipses (Ã¢â‚¬Â¦) which are identified by the fact that they are ‘unbreakable’ – if you try to put the cursor between the periods, or delete one of them, it will become obvious. Replace with standard characters (…), but regular ellipses are fine.