I have written a paper using LaTeX. My supervisor wishes to use US English for our paper to submit to an American journal. However, I'm based in New Zealand and have written the entire paper in LaTeX using UK spellings. I'd rather not fix these changes manually (or one-by-one if copy pasted to MS Word).

I am looking for:

  1. A LaTeX package to spell-check or automatically substitute US spellings.

  2. A LaTeX macro that would spell-check or automatically substitute US spellings.


  1. A method using my editor, kile, or another editor that would spell-check or automatically substitute US spellings.

I'm also considering a Bash (e.g., sed or awk) solution to convert all UK spellings to US spellings in a .tex document?


Generalise -> Generalize

Colour -> Color

Centre -> Centre

n.b. I currently compile PDFLaTeX with kile on Ubuntu 16.04 or Elementary OS 0.3 Freya but I can use another TeX compiler/package if there's a built-in fix elsewhere.

Thanks for your assistance.

  • Welcome! While generalise is acceptable UK spelling, so is generalize. Authour is incorrect. British spelling uses author always. Are you sure you are not using a different variant? In any case, I think you would have to write the sed yourself. There simply isn't a safe way of doing this. Note, too, that punctuation differs. So do the meanings of words. Using a certain spelling system may well cause your reader to disambiguate in accordance with the suggested form of English. That is probably not what you want.
    – cfr
    May 30, 2016 at 3:22
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    Personally, I'd only Americanise my paper if it was accepted and the journal required it. Publishers typically impose house styles which don't map neatly onto any single variant of English. (At least, not one anybody else seems to recognise.)
    – cfr
    May 30, 2016 at 3:25
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    Please clarify the relationship of your posting to TeX, LaTeX, and friends. The way I read it, the posting is about modifying spelling and punctuation; if this impression is correct, your posting is off-topic for this site.
    – Mico
    May 30, 2016 at 6:09
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    Sorry but this is off topic here it's a general editing/spell checking issue (authour would be flagged by a UK english spell checker for example) May 30, 2016 at 8:27
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    You can switch the spell checker in Kile to American English and check which words need substituting to write your script or run Kile's search and replace.
    – cfr
    Jun 1, 2016 at 3:12


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