RCoA Style Guide: P

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Page numbering
Include page numbers in all documents that exceed one page.

Page number should be centred at the bottom of the page, point size 11 and consistent with the College’s Century Gothic font.

Parentheses/brackets
When a parenthetical sentence stands on its own, the closing punctuation mark for the sentence is placed inside the closing parenthesis. If only part of the sentence is in brackets, insert the punctuation mark outside the second bracket.

Per cent
Two words.

In text use '%' or 'per cent' but be consistent throughout. Don’t use percent.

Note: per cent is not the same as a percentage point. An increase from 3% to 5% is a 2 percentage point increase or a 2-point increase, not a 2% increase; any sentence saying “such and such rose or fell by X%” should be considered and checked carefully.

Phone numbers
Correct format: 020 7092 1500, 07711 767377. Do not use dashes or parentheses.

Visit the BT website should you need to check a number.

Practice/practise
Practice is a noun and practise is a verb, eg 'doctors practise at their practice'.

The spelling rules are the same for ‘practice’, ‘licence’ and ‘advice’: the noun has a ‘c’, while the verb has an ‘s’.

One way of remembering this is that the word ‘noun’ comes before the word ‘verb’ in the dictionary; likewise ‘c’ comes before ‘s’, so the nouns are ‘practice/licence/advice’ and the verbs are ‘practise/license/advise’.

Preoperative/postoperative/perioperative
One word, no hyphen.

Professor
Capitalise only when used as part of an academic’s formal title and when referring specifically to that individual. Do not capitalise when referring to professors in general.

Spell out professor in full on first mention. This can be shortened to Prof on second mention.


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