The works listed here are books and other sources useful in scientific writing and publishing. Additional sources with narrower scope are listed under “References” or “Additional References” at the end of each chapter.

Style Manuals and Other Writing Guides


Batschelet M. Web writing/Web designing. Boston (MA): Allyn and Bacon; c2001.

The Chicago manual of style: the essential guide for writers, editors, and publishers. 16th ed. Chicago (IL): University of Chicago Press; 2010.

Dorner J. Writing for the Internet. Oxford (UK): Oxford University Press; 2002.

Editing Canadian English. 2nd ed. Toronto (ON): Macfarlane Walter & Ross; 2000. Prepared for the Editors’ Association of Canada.

Electronic publishing: guide to best practices for Canadian publishers. Ver. 1.0. Ottawa (ON): National Library of Canada; 2001 [accessed 2013 Feb 4].

Garrand TP. Writing for multimedia and the Web: a practical guide to content development for interactive media. 3rd ed. Boston (MA): Focal Press; c2006.

Hacker D, Sommers N. A pocket style manual. 6th ed. Boston (MA): Bedford/St. Martin’s; c2011.

Hammerich I, Harrison C. Developing online content: the principles of writing and editing for the Web. Hoboken (NJ): John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2002.

Lipson C, Day M, editors. Technical communication and the World Wide Web. Mahwah (NJ): Lawrence Erlbaum Associates; 2005.

Lunsford AA. Easy writer: a pocket guide. 3rd ed. Boston (MA): Bedford Books; c2005.

Maciuba-Koppel D. The Web writer’s guide. New York (NY): Focal Press; c2002.

Merriam-Webster’s manual for writers and editors. Completely rev. ed. Springfield (MA): Merriam-Webster; 1998.

Modern Language Association. The MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing. New York (NY): Modern Language Association of America; 2008.

Modern Language Association. MLA handbook for writers of research papers. 7th ed. New York (NY): Modern Language Association of America; 2009.

New Hart’s rules: the handbook of style for writers and editors. Oxford (UK): Oxford University Press; 2005.

Newman J, Cusick E, La Tourette A, editors. The writer’s workbook. London (UK): Arnold; c2004.

Public Works and Government Services Canada, Translation Bureau. The Canadian style: a guide to writing and editing. 2nd ed. Toronto (ON): Dundern Press; 1997.

Ritter RM. The Oxford guide to style. Oxford (UK): Oxford University Press; 2002.

Ross-Larson B. Writing for the Information Age: elements of style for the 21st century. New York (NY): W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.; 2002.

Ruszkiewicz JJ, Friend CE, Seward DE, Hairston Emerita ME. The Scott, Foresman handbook for writers. 9th ed. Essex (UK): Longman; c2010.

Thibault D. Bibliographic style manual. Ottawa (ON): National Library of Canada; 1990.

Thibault D. Bibliographic style manual. Section 3, Electronic documents. Ottawa (ON): National Library of Canada; 1998.

Turabian KL. A manual for writers of term papers, theses and dissertations. 7th ed. Chicago (IL): University of Chicago Press; 2007.

Sabin WA. The Gregg reference manual: a manual of style, grammar, usage, and formatting. 11th ed. Boston (MA): McGraw-Hill/Irwin; 2010.

Skillin ME, Gay RM. Words into type. 3rd ed. Englewood Cliffs (NJ): Prentice-Hall; 1974.

Strunk W, White EB. The elements of style. 4th ed. New York (NY): Simon and Schuster Trade; 1999.

Style manual for authors, editors and printers. 6th ed. Brisbane (Australia): John Wiley & Sons, Australia Ltd; 2002.

United States Government Printing Office style manual. Washington (DC): The Office; 2008. Also available at

Weiss EH. The elements of international English style: a guide to writing correspondence, reports, technical documents, and internet pages for a global audience. Armonk (NY): M.E. Sharpe; c2005.


AIP style manual. 4th ed. New York (NY): American Institute of Physics; c1990–1997 [accessed 2013 Feb 4].

Albert T. The A–Z of medical writing. London (UK): BMJ Books; 2000.

ASA quick tips for ASA style. Washington (DC): American Sociological Association; 2010 [accessed 2013 Nov 19].

ASA style guide. 4th ed. Washington (DC): American Sociological Association; 2010.

ASM style manual for journals and books. Washington (DC): American Society for Microbiology; 1991.

Author packages for publishing with the AMS. Providence (RI): American Mathematical Society; c2013 [accessed 2013 Feb 4].

Author resources. Washington (DC): American Geophysical Union; [updated 2013; accessed 2013 Feb 5].

AMS journals authors guide. Boston (MA): American Meteorological Society; 2012 [accessed 2013 Feb 4].

Bates RL, Adkins-Heljeson MD, Buchanan RC, editors. Geowriting: a guide to writing, editing, and printing in earth science. 5th rev. ed. Alexandria (VA): American Geological Institute; 1995.

Berglund C, Saltman D, editors. Communication for health care. Melbourne (Australia): Oxford University Press; 2002.

Browner WS. Publishing and presenting clinical research. 3rd ed. Philadelphia (PA): Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; c2012.

Clare J, Hamilton H, editors. Writing research: transforming data into text. New York (NY): Churchill Livingstone; 2003.

The Columbia Law Review, Harvard Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Yale Law Journal, compilers. The bluebook: a uniform system of citation. 19th ed. Cambridge (MA): The Harvard Law Review Association; 2010.

Day RA, Gastel B. How to write and publish a scientific paper. 6th ed. Westport (CT): Greenwood; 2006.

Day RA, Sakaduski N. Scientific English: a guide for scientists and other professionals. 3rd ed. Westport (CT): Greenwood; 2011.

Coghill AM, Garson LR, editors. The ACS style guide: effective communication of scientific information. 3rd ed. Washington (DC): American Chemical Society; 2006.

Frequently asked questions: authors. Piscataway (NJ): The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.; 2012 [accessed 2013 Feb 5].

Gastel B. Health writer’s handbook. 2nd ed. Ames (IA): Blackwell Publishing; c2004.

Gustavii B. How to write & illustrate a scientific paper. 2nd ed. New York (NY): Cambridge University Press; 2008.

Hall GM, editor. How to write a paper. 4th ed. London (UK): BMJ Books; 2008.

Hancock E. Ideas into words: mastering the craft of science writing. Baltimore (MD): Johns Hopkins University Press; 2003.

Hansen WR, editor. Suggestions to authors of the reports of the United States Geological Survey. 7th ed. Reston (VA): United States Geological Survey; 1991 [modified 2012 Dec 31; accessed 2013 Feb 5].

Health Care Communications Group. Writing, speaking & communication skills for health professionals. New Haven (CT): Yale University Press; c2001.

Heifferon B. Writing in the health professions. New York (NY): Pearson Longman; 2005.

Huth EJ. Writing and publishing in medicine. 3rd ed. Baltimore (MD): Williams & Wilkins; c1999.

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Philadelphia (PA): ICMJE; [updated 2010 Apr; accessed 2013 Feb 5].

JAMA and Archives Journals. American Medical Association manual of style: a guide for authors and editors. 10th ed. New York: Oxford Press; 2007.

Johnstone MJ. Effective writing for health professionals: a practical guide to getting published. Crows Nest (Australia): Allen & Unwin; 2004.

Knatterud ME. First do no harm: empathy and the writing of medical journal articles. New York (NY): Routledge; 2002.

Lang TA, Secic M. How to report statistics in medicine: annotated guidelines for authors, editors, and reviewers. 2nd ed. Philadelphia (PA): American College of Physicians; 2006.

Maisonneuve H, Enckell PH, Polderman A, Thapa R, Vekony M, editors. The science editors’ handbook. Tampere (Finland): EASE; 2003. EASE is the European Association of Science Editors.

Matthews JR, Matthews RW. Successful scientific writing: a step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences. 3rd ed. Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press; 2007.

McMillan VE. Writing papers in the biological sciences. 4th ed. New York (NY): Bedford/St. Martins; 2006.

Mill D. Content is king: writing and editing online. San Diego (CA): Elsevier Science & Technology Books; 2005.

Montgomery SL. The Chicago guide to communicating science. Chicago (IL): University of Chicago Press; 2003.

Paradis JG, Zimmerman ML. The MIT guide to science and engineering communication. 2nd ed. Cambridge (MA): MIT Press; c2002.

Patrias K. Citing medicine: the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers. 2nd ed. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine; 2007 [accessed 2013 Feb 5].

Patrias K. Citing medicine: the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers. Supplement: Internet formats. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine; 2001 [accessed 2013 Feb 5].

Peat J, Elliott E, Baur L, Keena V. Scientific writing: easy when you know how. London (UK): BMJ Books; 2002.

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington (DC): The Association; c2009.

Publications handbook and style manual. Madison (WI): American Society of Agronomy; c2005 [accessed 2013 Feb 5]. Jointly published with the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America.

Rubens P, editor. Science and technical writing: a manual of style. 2nd ed. New York (NY): Routledge; 2001.

Swanson E, O’Sean A, Schleyer A. Mathematics into type. Updated ed. Providence (RI): American Mathematical Society; 1999.

Terryberry KJ. Writing for the health professions. Clifton Park (NY): Thomson/Delmar Learning; c2005.

Thomas SA. How to write health sciences papers, dissertations, and theses. New York (NY): Churchill Livingstone; 2000.

Waldron A, Judd P, Miller V, editors. Physical Review style and notation guide. Woodbury (NY): American Physical Society; 1983 [revised 1993 Feb; minor revision 2005 Jun; minor revision 2011 Jun; accessed 2013 Feb 5].

Williams D. Writing skills in practice: a practical guide for health professionals. Philadelphia (PA): Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2002.

Wilkins GA. IAU style manual. Paris (France): International Agronomical Union. 20B:S1-S50; 1989 [accessed 2013 Feb 5].

Wilkinson AM. The scientist’s handbook for writing papers and dissertations. Englewood Cliffs (NJ): Prentice-Hall; 1991.

WHO style guide. Geneva (Switzerland): World Health Organization; 2004.

Woodford FP. How to teach scientific communication. Reston (VA): Council of Biology Editors; 1999.

Zeiger M. Essentials of writing biomedical research papers. 2nd ed. New York (NY): McGraw-Hill, Health Professions Division; c2000.

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