Ask the Editor Submission Policies

Because of the large volume of queries to Ask the Editor, topics of wider interest to AP Stylebook users normally get priority. Many issues have already come up, so before submitting a question check this archive to see if the topic has been dealt with in a Q-and-A.

Try keep questions short and focused. An example for illustration can be helpful for responding in the right context. Avoid very long questions (more than 60 words), which can slow the system. If you don’t get an immediate response, please be patient.

Because AP Style and usage evolve over time, some older responses have been overtaken by newer AP Stylebook entries or guidance. Use the responses of more recent dates if there’s a conflict. This archive goes back to 2006; it’s intended as a record.

David Minthorn

-David Minthorn, Ask the Editor

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