Writing and editing Co-authoring content with third parties
ONS house style takes precedence
It is important that all content published on the ONS website follows our house style. If you are working with a third party (such as another government department) on a publication that will be published on , our house style should always take precedence. Make sure your collaborators are aware of this when you start writing content.
Following our house style makes it easier for all users to navigate and understand our content. It also avoids misinterpretation and accessibility issues.
Formatting the names of other government departments
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Use text rather than including an image of a third party’s logo to show collaboration.
Acknowledging external contributors
If you need to credit an external organisation that you have collaborated with when writing the content, include an acknowledgements subsection within:
- the Measuring the data section of a bulletin or headline release
- the Data sources and quality section of an analysis article
- a section near the end of an information article or methodology page
Avoid adding acknowledgements as numbered sections, or as subsections near the beginning of publications. The main analysis and information should always come first to reflect users’ priorities.