RCoA Style Guide: Q,R

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Queen, the
Upper case. The Queen is Her Majesty, never HRH.

The College’s Patron, Princess Anne, should be referred to as ‘Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal’.

Question marks
Act as a full stop.

Question marks can go either inside or outside quotation marks.

Their position depends on whether the question is in the quotation or the sentence that surrounds it eg (the anaesthetist asked: 'Do you feel any pain?')

Do not add another full stop if there is already a question mark at the end of a sentence, such as in the example above, unless it is within parentheses.

Quotes and speech marks
Should be used only when necessary. Use single quotes for speech, and double ones for ‘quotes within quotes’. For example: ‘He told me, “I was there,” and I believed him,’ said Sir Peter. However, this example would look much neater if you used reported speech. ‘He told me he was there and I believed him,’ said Sir Peter.

Note: use double quotes when citing the president in press releases and news items. 

Do not use quotes on phrases in general text. He said he was driving an 'unusual' train has just as much meaning without quotes. Document titles do not take quotes –these should be italicised.

Royal
Royal colleges, medical royal colleges, surgical royal colleges should all be lower case unless using the full title of the College. Royal Family should be upper case.

Royal College of Anaesthetists

  • official name is Royal College of Anaesthetists, not ‘The Royal College of Anaesthetists’.
  • when abbreviating Royal College of Anaesthetists to RCoA, write RCoA in parenthesis after your first mention eg Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)
  • use 'the College' or RCoA on later mention. The terms are interchangeable.
  • note that the College’s abbreviation is RCoA - not RCOA or RCA. 

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