Manuscript Preparation, Copyediting, and Proofreading
Q. In the manuscript I’m working on, a citation from an article published in Britain uses the word artefact in the title, but the spelling artifact is used throughout the manuscript (as we’re in North America). This citation is the only place where this spelling appears, but obviously I can’t change it. How do I reconcile this inconsistency? Is there some way of saying “yes, this citation is spelled correctly, but it’s an alternate spelling”?
A. Rejoice! This is not an inconsistency. It’s just accurate citing. It’s really no different than if in a book about Jane Austen an article were cited by someone named Jayne. (Although some copyeditors might want to petition Jayne to change her name, CMOS can’t support that strategy.)