CIGI has a global audience — policy makers and decision makers in international affairs, in particular — and seeks to communicate its research findings through the most effective means possible. The circulation of cogent and well-presented ideas is a cornerstone of such endeavours; it is important, therefore, that CIGI publications are consistent in content and appearance, have been peer reviewed, have a reputation for quality and integrity, and are objective, meeting an accepted standard of research excellence. Precision in both language and form gives readers confidence in the credibility of the document.

This guide sets out all of the relevant guidelines for CIGI house style, providing uniformity in style and formatting across all CIGI official publications. This guide will help CIGI staff, fellows, researchers, external authors and editors to prepare official CIGI publications, and should be used for formatting references, capitalization of words, punctuation and spelling queries. The guide follows the conventions of The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition1 (hereafter Chicago) and the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, 2nd edition (hereafter Canadian Oxford).

As a compliment, access the CIGI Publications Manual (PDF) for more information on our peer review process, copyright policy, writer's checklist and other publication standards.