Scientific style guides?

Subject: Scientific style guides?
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "Techwr-L (E-mail)" <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>, "'David Anderson'" <partchecker -at- uswest -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 09:11:58 -0400

David Anderson must write <<...a series of SOPs for a biotech company, and
I'm running into some nomenclature problems, Is anyone aware of a scientific
style guide, or something of that nature? I've been using the "Chicago
Manual of Style" but it doesn't always answer some of my questions
concerning the more arcane subjects...>>

Chicago is a great overall reference, but targeted at academic publishing,
not scientific publishing, so it's not surprising it doesn't cover much of
what you're looking for. Since you're working in biotech, you're most likely
to find what you're looking for in the Council of Biology Editors style
guide. (They're now called the "Council of Science Editors", so you may have
to do a Web search under that name if you're looking to contact the Council
rather than buy the book; the book is still published under the CBE name.) A
good secondary resource might be the American Medical Association style
guide; have a look at the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) web
site for other possible references. (Sorry, no URLs handy today, but they
have turned up easily in previous Web searches.)

--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

"Arthur C. Clarke had suggested that any sufficiently advanced technology
would be indistinguishable from magic--referring to a possible encounter
with an alien civilization--but if a science journalist had one
responsibility above all else, it was to keep Clarke's Law from applying to
human technology in human eyes."--Greg Egan, "Distress"

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