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Scientific Style and Format

Council of Science Editors (CSE)
This massive book (658 pages), now in its seventh edition (2006), is an authoritative reference book. You will find it here. http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/publications/style.cfm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This book cover indicates "the CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers". It is a resource that you will probably not read in its entirety. It has 32 chapters divided in four sections. I spent a little time adding the number of subheadings one to four level deep, and obtained 935. You can imagine the level of detail involved here. This book covers the special scientific conventions for writing everything scientific, from the electromagnetic spectrum and the Astronomical objects and time systems to the chemical formulas and genes, chromosomes, and related molecules! I use it often to answer questions such as "How do I reference a paper to be published, but not published yet?", or "How do I refer to a paper seen on the Internet?", or "How do I refer to non-text information, like a video, an animation...?" Chapter 27 is about Journal Style and Format. Of interest will be section 27.7 "Journal Articles and Their Parts". But there is also a chapter on Tables, Figures, and indexes (chapter 30), on proof correction (chapter 32), on copyright (chapter 3), and three chapters on grammar (chapters 5, 6, and 7). I recommend that you ask your library to buy it if they haven't already got a copy. The latest edition has been updated to take into account the rapid developments in life sciences. So if your research is in life sciences, get the latest edition!