What is the difference between British English and American English?



In general, British English and American English are very similar and either can be easily understood (with the exception of some colloquial terms) by both American and British English speakers.  There are, however, some key differences in spelling.

Please see this AJE Scholar Article for more general information on the spelling differences.

It should be noted that there are two different forms of British English (UK English) spellings accepted in academic manuscripts. 

British English (-ize endings)

British English (-ise)

The main difference is whether -ize endings (e.g., apologize) are used as they are in American English or if those endings are changed to -ise (e.g., apologise).  

Our services offer you the choice of editing in either British English or American English.  If you choose British English, our editors will defer to the author as to whether -ize or -ise endings are used.

If you are not sure which to choose, please check the author guidelines of your intended journal.  If they do not note a spelling preference, most journals allow either British English or American English (but not a mixture of the two), so you can choose whichever you personally use/prefer.

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