[UCP Books]: The Chicago Manual of Style: 17th Edition


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The Chicago Manual of Style

17th Edition

US Publication Date: September 12, 2017| International Publication Date: September 25, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-226-28705-8| 1, 176 pages | Cloth $70.00




The University of Chicago Press will publish the 17th edition of its venerable The Chicago Manual of Style this fall, the first new edition in more than seven years. In response to major advances in technology and social change, more than a thousand pages were carefully scrutinized and honed. What resulted is an expertly curated and exhaustively comprehensive collection of impeccable style guidelines.

“When the previous edition was being prepared, we could hardly imagine the effect that mobile devices like smart phones and tablets would have on publishing,” said Russell Harper, the principal reviser for the 17th edition. “Now more often than not the answer is right in your pocket. Most of us now have ready access not only to the classic novel Moby-Dick but also to the Congressional Record, a map of the human genome, the catalog of the Library of Congress, and countless other information sources. We needed a new edition to reflect this seismic shift.”

The 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style was prepared with an eye toward how we find, write, and cite information that is more likely to be online than in print. It offers new and expanded guidelines on electronic workflows and publication formats, tools for PDF annotation, citation management, web accessibility standards, and the effective use of metadata, abstracts, and keywords. It recognizes the needs of those who are self-publishing and those following open-access or Creative Commons publishing models. The citation chapters reflect the ever-expanding universe of electronic sources—including how to cite social media posts and comments, private messages, and apps—and also offer updated guidelines on such issues as DOIs, time stamps, and e-book locators.

Other big changes include Chicago’s recommendations to lowercase internet and no longer hyphenate email. The 17th edition moves away from the longstanding use of ibid. and includes highly requested guidance on how to cite tweets and other online sources. Chicago also takes the gender-neutral stance that a person’s stated wish to be referred to by a specific self-identifying personal pronoun should be respected.

“Anyone working with words today knows how rapidly our world is changing,” said Garrett Kiely, director of the University of Chicago Press. “This new edition of The Chicago Manual of Style reflects these changes but builds upon the bedrock of the previous sixteen editions. We take our responsibility seriously, but we are also open to the many ways that styles change over time. We are proud that CMOS 17 will remain the ultimate resource for those who care about getting the details right.”

A nine-member advisory board of publishing professionals helped shape the 17th edition along with input from across the Press’s own publishing staff. Many changes in the new edition were directly inspired by comments, emails, and tweets from readers.

Following suit, The Chicago Manual of Style Online will debut an elegant redesign, which will launch in tandem with the book.

Honed and refined over more than 110 years, The Chicago Manual of Style balances timeless writing and editing advice with the ever-changing needs of those who work with words. It remains an indispensable reference for writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, publishers, students, and researchers.


Updates about the new edition are posted at the CMOS Shop Talk blog, http://cmosshoptalk.com/tag/cmos17, and on Twitter at @ChicagoManual.





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