MHRA Style Guide

Edited by Brian Richardson

MHRA Style Guide

Modern Humanities Research Association

1 January 2013  •  120pp

ISBN: 978-1-781880-09-8 (paperback)  •  RRP £9.50, $19, €12


The MHRA Style Guide is intended primarily for use in connection with books and periodicals published by the Modern Humanities Research Association, but it is also widely useful to students and other authors, to editors, and to publishers of texts written mainly in English. Its chapters deal with preparing material for publication; spelling and usage; names; abbreviations; punctuation; capitals; italics; dates, numbers, currency, and weights and measures; quotations and quotation marks; footnotes and endnotes; references; the preparation of indexes; useful works of reference; and proof correction.

This third edition (2013, reprinted with minor corrections 2015) has been revised and updated in the light of developments in technology and means of communication, and of suggestions made by users of the second edition. It introduces a Quick Guide to the main features of MHRA style, and it gives fuller information on referencing, including online publications and social media, and on indexing.

The first edition of the Style Book was published in 1971. Though originally designed for use in connection with the publications of the MHRA, it quickly proved to be of value to authors and editors of other publications.

The second, third, and fourth editions (1978, 1981, and 1991 (reprinted with amendments 1995)) broadened the scope with the addition of an index and glossary. The fifth edition (1996) was revised to take account of changes in printing technology and modern editorial practice, and added guidance on: preparation of copy on computer disk; preparation of camera-ready copy; and electronic publishing. The next edition was published in 2002 as the Style Guide, reflecting the move to simultaneous publication in print and online. A second edition was published in 2008 which took account of the widespread use of electronic means of text preparation, submission, and publication. Over 50,000 copies (all editions) have been sold worldwide.

Bibliography entry:

Richardson, Brian (ed.), MHRA Style Guide (Cambridge: MHRA, 2013)

First footnote reference: 35 MHRA Style Guide, ed. by Brian Richardson (Cambridge: MHRA, 2013), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Richardson, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Richardson, Brian (ed.). 2013. MHRA Style Guide (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Richardson 2013: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Richardson 2013: 21.

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