a.m. (not AM, am, etc.)
Back rail cloth
Balance rail punching
Beats per second
Bridle strap (not bridal)
Capo d'astro bar
Casters (not castors)
Damper guide rail
Half-blow rest rail
Jack stop felt
Jack stop rail
Key stop rail
Moulding (not molding)
Music desk (not rack)
Pick up finger
p.m. (not PM, pm, etc.)
pully key (not pulley)
Wippen (not whippen)
Wrest plank (two words,
Journal Format Conventions:
Use in conjunction with the Journal Style Manual
- All phone numbers: xxx-xxx-xxxx
- Addresses: USPS format, no punctuation if aligned vertically.
444 NW Washington St
St Louis MO 65432
- URLs: leave off http:// www.ptg.org
- E-mail is standard Journal form, not email or e mail.
- Website is standard Journal form, not web site or web-site.
- Numerals: Write out numerals under 11, unless your text is number-heavy or if there is a good reason not to do so. Use editorial judgment and aim for consistency.
- Never start a sentence with a numeral. Rewrite authors' sentences that begin with numerals.
- Em dash: We get material using double hyphens (spaced and not)-- and hyphen and space- no. Change all to the em dash with no spaces–as in this example.
This is an area in transition. Our research shows there is no standardization of style in stating of measurements in American publications.
For the Journal, use English units for common measurements such as length of a grand piano or height of an upright, tool and materials dimensions, distance from your shop to a customer's home, etc. If an author expresses these measurements with metric units, add an English conversion to the text where it will aid understanding for an American audience. Example: The piano in question was a 168-centimeter (5' 6") Kawai.
Use metric or English measures where both are currently in common use now by American technicians, such as scale lengths and action regulating dimensions. Use editorial judgment. If your author states initially that key dip is 3/8", edit for use of English throughout. If your author states key dip is 10 mm, edit for metric throughout, when possible. Avoid switching back and forth without good reason.
We will probably need to revisit this issue in future years, planning for an eventual move to an all-metric style.