As an editor, I frequently see titles that are butchered: hyphens where en dashes should be, spelling errors, usage errors, English language mishaps… Here’s one that particularly baffles me.
Sometimes authors get confused because certain style manuals call for lower casing prepositions in titles. Others, like the AMA, call for capping prepositions that are longer than three letters (“With” but “as”). As I always say, consistency is key… Authors need to stick to their style and use it at all times. The fewer the errors submitted in a raw manuscript, the slimmer the chance of those errors making it to press.
Here’s the issue. Sometimes I see the words “is” or “are” not capitalized in titles because the author is following the rule to not capitalize prepositions that are under three letters long. The problem is that these words are verbs and not prepositions. Capitalize them in titles, authors (unless, of course, your style requires that they not be).