Ellipses for missing text

December 30, 2008

On an Australian editors’ email discussion list, Chris asked:

An autobiography I am editing contains correspondence from which several paragraphs have (intentionally) been omitted. Any advice on the best way to indicate that these paragraphs have been omitted?

I would have thought ellipses were appropriate, but they look rather odd and lonely in-between paragraphs. If ellipses are appropriate, where should they be placed?

My response:

Details on using ellipses are on p110 of the 6th edition of the Australian Style Manual for authors editors and printers.

In essence, yes you can use them to show omissions. The format is [text] [space] … [space] [text].

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