Editorial Manual

About United Nations editors


What do editors do? A quick overview for authors

Editors work on written material before it is published by the United Nations to ensure that it is clear, accurate, logically presented, consistent and translatable. We align presentation, format, style and spelling with established United Nations practice and the United Nations Editorial Manual Online. The quality of its documents and publications plays a key role in maintaining the Organization's reputation for serious, impartial, transparent and accurate reporting, and in winning respect and support for its work.

As part of our work, we:

(a) Correct grammar, as well as punctuation, capitalization and spelling, in line with United Nations style;
(b) Ensure the accuracy of terminology used;
(c) Check details such as names, dates and titles;
(d) Verify quotations (to the extent possible);
(e) Spell out acronyms that are not used at the United Nations or are used only once in a document;
(f) Strive to minimize the use of obscure language so that texts are understandable and translatable;
(g) Seek to ensure that the language used is gender inclusive;
(h) In consultation with authors, bring texts into line with established United Nations usage, resolving ambiguity and promoting clarity;
(i) Edit footnotes and other references;
(j) Ensure that formatting is consistent with United Nations style.


We work with submitting officers to ensure the high quality and technical accuracy of the final product. We also provide editorial and language-related guidance to authors to help them in the preparation of their texts. Contact us at:

New York: editingny@un.org
Geneva: unog-editorial-queries@un.org
Vienna: unov-editorialhelpline@un.org
Nairobi: unon-dcs-englishlanguageunit@un.org


For more information on editing at the United Nations, click here.