Key Features

  • Scientific disciplines treated independently, with notes where variances occur in the same linguistic areas
  • Organization and directives designed to assist readers in finding the precise usage rule or convention
  • A focus on American usage in rules and formulations with noted differences between American and British usage
  • Differences in the various levels of scientific discourse addressed in a variety of settings in which science writing appears
  • Instruction and guidance on the means of improving clarity, precision, and effectiveness of science writing, from its most technical to its most popular


Anyone working with scientific vocabulary including contributors to scientific journal articles; authors/editors to scientific monographs, serials, and reference works; editors, writers, and designers preparing publications at all levels of readership

Table of Contents

Part I. General Style Manuscript Preparation General Style Units of Measurement Citation of References Presentation of Data and Figures Part II. References, Citations and Quotations Standards for Clear and Proper Attribution Standard Citation Formats Text Sources Audiovisual Media Electronic Sources Part III. Style Issues for Specific Disciplines Mathematics Physics Chemistry Earth and Environmental Science Life Science Medicine Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Computer Science and Information Science Appendices: Scientific Organizations and Publications: Standard Abbreviations Classification Schemes in Science and Technology Standard Abbreviation Dictionary Difficult and Troublesome Terms and Words Comparative Standards for Shared Terms and Conventions Bibliography Index


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About the editors

Harold Rabinowitz

Affiliations and Expertise

The Reference Works, Inc. New York, NY