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The United Nations Editorial Manual Online is intended to serve as an authoritative statement of the style to be followed in drafting, editing and reproducing United Nations documents, publications and other written material. Although based mainly on the practices and policies that have evolved at Headquarters, the present manual is meant to provide editorial guidance for all parts of the Secretariat. The directives set forth in the manual supersede all earlier guidelines on the subjects dealt with herein. For topics not yet addressed in the present manual, the United Nations Editorial Manual (Sales No. E.83.I.16) remains the primary authority for United Nations editorial policy.

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Editorial guidelines

  Instructions for the preparation
  of documents
  Country names and currencies
  Footnotes and other references
  Guidelines for gender-inclusive language
  Policy questions
  Proofreading marks
     Abbreviations and acronyms  
     Capitalization in English  
     Indirect or reported speech
     Italics and bold print
     Numbers, dates and time  
     Spelling (printer-friendly version
  Basic documents
     Corrigenda and reissues
     Documents relating to agendas      
     of principal organs
     Documents relating to programme
     budget implications
     Notes by the Secretary-General
     Reports of intergovernmental
     and expert bodies
     Resolutions and other formal decisions of 
     United Nations organs
     Headings and subheadings
     Maps and figures, including photographs
     Mastheads and cover pages
     Paragraphs and subparagraphs
Sources of information
About United Nations editors
Support and training for authors
  Online report-writing course  
  Other courses available to staff   
  Contact the Editing Section 









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