Spelling. Italics

    The content of these guidelines is taken from the third edition of the Vives University Network’s Interuniversity Style Guide for Writing Institutional Texts, an interuniversity project in which the UPC participates with the support of the Secretariat for Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia.


    Titles of books, journals and other publications

    • Unless following specific editorial guides, write the titles of books, journals and other published materials such as dictionaries and reference works in italics, to distinguish the titles from the rest of the sentence.

      Recent research into the applications of microbial cyanobacteria on oil pollution has been published in the latest edition of the prestigious journal Science Today.

    • Be aware, however, that conventions for indicating the title of a book, journal or article may vary depending on the publication or academic field. You will have to bear these factors in mind, depending on the purpose of your text and where it will be published.
    • For additional comment, see Resources and further reading.


    Words and expressions in other languages

    • Italicise foreign words or expressions that are not common in English (that is, words not included in a reliable English dictionary) and that may therefore not be readily understood.

      The ceiling of the Faculty's Aula Magna offers visitors a beautiful example of Catalan Modernisme.

    • This includes the Latin terms for academic distinction cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude (meaning “with honour”, “with great honour” and “with highest honour”, respectively), which should be italicised.
    • Note that foreign words that have now become part of normal English usage do not require italics.

      addendum ad hoc attaché avant-garde
      communiqué status quo vice versa zeitgeist

    • Note also that, in the event of using a non-English form for the official name of an organisation (universities, companies, governmental bodies, etc.), these names are not written in italics.

      The University is currently involved in discussions with the Red Española de Supercomputación (Spanish Supercomputing Network).