I'm in the U.S. and have always written in American English. I will be submitting a paper to a U.K. journal for the first time. To conform to British spelling, I've changed the Microsoft Word dictionary to U.K. English, which has caught most of the obvious differences . Even so, I'm worried that it will miss some of the differences listed here and here. Is this even worth worrying about? Will being lazier about spelling hurt the chances for my paper's acceptance?
As long as you get your meaning across efficiently, it won't matter.
We 'Brits' (as the previous contributor so brashly refers to us) are a cosmopolitan lot and we are well used to reading materials in US spelling.
Why do people use the word 'Brit' anyway? It's derogatory and offensive.