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Style Guides

The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication Of Scientific Information: American Chemical Society’S Style Guide is the definitive source for all information needed to write, review, submit, and edit scholarly and scientific manuscripts especially for the chemistry community.

AMA Manual Of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors is a must-have guide for anyone involved in medical and scientific publishing. This is recommended by the American Medical Association for scholarly writing about medicine or health-related topics.

APA Publication Manual: The rules of APA Style®, detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, offer sound guidance for writing with simplicity, power, and concision. APA Style has been adapted by many disciplines and is the most commonly used style guide within the social sciences.

The Chicago Manual Of Style: Chicago Style is used in some social science, historical and trade publications.

Modern Language Association (MLA) Style: MLA style has been widely adopted by schools, academic departments, and instructors for over half a century. The association's guidelines are also used by over 1,100 scholarly and literary journals, newsletters, and magazines and by many university and commercial presses.

The MLA Publishes Two Authoritative explanations Of MLA Style: the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing.

Other Resources

Blue Book Of Grammar And Punctuation is an indispensable and entertaining guide for writers, proof readers, editors, managers, clerical staff, teachers, and students. Use this site to find the answers to your questions concerning proper English grammar and punctuation.

Elements Of Style Online is the electronic version of the classic work by William Strunk, Jr. that includes rules of grammar and usage, principles of composition, and commonly misused and misspelled words.

The Internet Grammar Of English is an online course in English grammar written primarily for university undergraduates.

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  • Few writers could equal the feat of Watson and Crick, who described the double helix (the molecular structure of nucleic acids) in 900 words, one table, and six references. Arthur Kornberg reported on the enzymatic synthesis of DNA in 430 words. Cournand and Ranges reported on the first catheterization of the human heart in 950 words. Fritz A. Lipmann described coenzyme A in 250 words, one table, and five references.
    Edith Schwager, in Medical English Usage and Abusage

  • First have something to say, 2nd say it, 3rd stop when you have said it, and finally give it an accurate title.
    John Shaw Billings

  • The cardinals in medical writing is not grammatical error but obscurity.
    Stanley Gilder, in Medical Journal of Australia, 1962

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    H. G. Wells

  • Editing is the most companionable form of education.
    Edward Weeks

  • Words and sentences are subjects of revision; paragraphs and whole compositions are subjects of prevision.
    Barrett Wendell

  • Writing is easy: all you do is sit staring at the blank sheet of paper [or your computer screen] until the drops of blood form on your forehead.
    Gene Fowler

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    Mark Twain

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    Eli Lilly,1926

  • In medical writing, there is no danger in being too precise—only in being imprecise.
    Edith Schwager

  • Few writers could equal the feat of Watson and Crick, who described the double helix (the molecular structure of nucleic acids) in 900 words, one table, and six references. Arthur Kornberg reported on the enzymatic synthesis of DNA in 430 words. Cournand and Ranges reported on the first catheterization of the human heart in 950 words. Fritz A. Lipmann described coenzyme A in 250 words, one table, and five references.
    Edith Schwager, in Medical English Usage and Abusage

  • Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
    Benjamin Franklin

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Ray Bradbury

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    Will Haygood

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    Richard Reeves

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