I'm in the final stages of completing a university book project that I'm entering into the ISTD student awards. I made a post a few months back regarding the format of references and I'm back now to ask your collective advice over their spacing.
I've been using Book Typography - A Designer's Manual, as I always do for book projects, and have followed its guidance on the spacing of references. However, I'm not sure the hard and fast rules are working here. If you look at the attached screen-grab, You can see how the standard width of spacing I've used looks OK, in my opinion, for the reference at the end of the paragraph. But with the ones located in the midst of the text, especially after the quote in italics, they look inconsistently spaced.
Are the rules I've been following acceptable or shall I set up my own spacing conventions depending on where the reference falls in the text? I want this to be stop on for the competition so don't want to be let down by inconsistent spacing.
Any tips or pointers on this would be gratefully received.