(Warning: the following post will be utterly boring to all my non-academic readers, with the possible exception of Wizard Chimp, who used to be a freelance copy editor.)
First of all: thank you to all who offered me congratulations. I really appreciate it.
Now, to my main point: Journal of Excellent Studies (hereafter JES) has a style sheet.
This is nothing unusual for academic journals: Usually, a journal wants its foot- or endnotes in a style similar to MLA, Chicago, or APA, with just enough little quirks that you have to go through and tweak them all. This is what I've been doing for more or less the last 24 hours, and I'm almost done. Time-consuming, but the process of going through and cleaning things up has been valuable: I've been able to correct errors in the notes, which I hadn't read nearly as carefully as I'd read the text. (This includes one fairly major error in which I had conflated two entirely different documents from two entirely different archives in two entirely different cities. ::ahem::)
[Small irritation: I don't like the JES' system (also in Strunk & White) of adding an extra "s" in possessives of personal names already ending in "s" (e.g. "Agnes's shoe"). It looks awkward to me.]
Here's my irritation du jour, and it has nothing to do with JES, but rather with another journal entirely -- we'll call them Foreign Journal of Smart People (FJSP). About 30 years ago, FJSP published an important article that I leaned on rather heavily for about three pages of my article. Now, as a part of my editing, I had to go back and double-check all the inclusive page numbers of the articles I used (rather than just the pages I cite). Before trekking into the stacks, I decided to see how much I could do online. I found a reference to the FJSP article, but with one word in the title spelled slightly differently than I had it. Now, this word was a foreign-language derivative of a Latin personal name, so I had no idea whether I had it right or not. Unfortunately, further online exploration yielded about 50-50 results: half with the spelling I had, half with the "new" spelling.
As the kids say, "WTF?"
Luckily, the library here has a run of FJSP, so I went down and pulled the volume. And guess what? On the title page and in the body of the article, they use my spelling. Along the top of every page of the article and in the table of contents, they use alternate spelling. Seriously.
None of this is very important, but this kind of stuff eats up hours, and I just had to vent.