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Editing Tip: Style Guides

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Our list of common style guides includes some of the most popular formats used by publishers in academia and beyond.

Does the journal you’re submitting to use a particular style guide? Are you interested in learning more about how to organize and format your scholarly work? Our list of common style guides includes some of the most popular formats used by publishers in academia and beyond. Looking for information on another style guide? Let us know, and we’ll see what we can find.

The ACS Style Guide (from the American Chemical Society)

This style guide is only available online at certain select institutions. Click here to purchase a copy.

AMA Manual of Style (from the American Medical Association)

Follow the links on this page to purchase this popular style guide or subscribe to access the full text online.

AP Stylebook (from the Associated Press)

Follow this link to purchase a copy of the widely used news stylebook or pay for access to a searchable online version.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Visit the APA Style website to purchase a copy of the manual or find answers to a number of common questions about APA style.

The Chicago Manual of Style

Click here to purchase access to the full text of this highly respected style manual online or order a paper copy. You can also sign up for a free trial.

Scientific Style and Format (from the Council of Science Editors)

This style guide is well suited to scientific manuscripts. Visit this website to order a paper copy or purchase an online subscription. You can also sign up for a free trial.

MLA Handbook (from the Modern Language Association)

Purchase a copy of this highly regarded style and bibliography handbook here. Each copy of the handbook comes with access to additional material on the website, including a searchable full-text version.

Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace

This guide, written by a Professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Chicago, provides helpful advice for crafting text. You can purchase a copy here.

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