General Guidelines

Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles to be Published in English (PDF), from the European Association of Science Editors; versions in Chinese, Korean, Japanese (and other languages on their website).impa

The Science of Scientific Writing, from the American Scientist.

Style Guides

American Medical Association Style Manualclick here for the Style Quizzes

American Psychological Association Style Guide

Council of Scientific Editors Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers

Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals

Style Guidelines Online

Online Stylebook Resources – includes stylebooks for the American Antropological Association, the American Geophysical Union, American Medical Association (by subscription), American Physiological Association, British Psychological Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IEEE Computer Society, Society for Historical Archaeology, Society for Petroleum Engineers, and World Meteorological Organization (among others!).

APA Guidelines on the Purdue University OWL Site


Merriam Webster Online – the standard for American (US) spellings.

Oxford Online – the standard for British (UK) spellings.

Journal Title Abbreviations

Journal Database – Quickly find the abbreviation of a given journal.

Journal Title Abbreviations – Caltech Library Reference; I use this frequently, along with the Find tool in the browser

Journal Title Abbreviations – A user-friendly search tool from the Woodward Library, University of British Columbia (not a complete list).

List of Title Word Abbreviations – by the International Standard Serial Number International Centre.

Impact Factor Directories

SJR Journal Rankings – allows subject-specific searches of impact factors of journals in different disciplines and sub-disciplines.

Impact Factor Search – Quickly find the impact factor of a given journal.

LaTeX Markup

ShareLaTeX – Great overview and instructions, and an account (free for a single individuals) will allow you to compile a LaTeX document

Search Tips

Google Scholar searches academic publications; this is an especially good way to determine conventional usages of terms and phrases (use quotations to search for “specific phrases”).

Add new search engines to your browser – this describes the Mycroft project and a variety of other search engine tricks.

Grammar Resources


Technical Writing Guide, by the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University

Proofreading for Common Surface Errors: Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar, from the Indiana University Writing Tutorial Services

Grammar and Punctuation, from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab

Miscellaneous Resources

Readability Tests:

Writing in the Sciences, University of Toronto

Things I Think About When Preparing and Presenting a Talk (pdf) and Things I Think About When Preparing a Research Paper (pdf); two documents by William Carlson (from the Western Washington University Geology Department website). 

Tips for Writing a Thesis (pdf) (also in Powerpoint format); by Liz Schermer (Western Washington University Geology Department website).

Learning Styles and the Writing Process (pdf); provides writing support for people with visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles.

Copy Editor’s Corner

MedSciEdit adheres to the Code of Practices of the Society of Editors and Proofreaders (UK), and the Professional Editorial Standards of the Editor’s Association of Canada. Also see, Contracts and Terms and Conditions for Freelancers – these are UK guidelines (click here).

Editing Resources: Copy Editing Resources – on the Journalist’s Toolbox, CatchTheSun Resources

Copyeditors’ Knowledge Base – a comprehensive list of resources by Katharine O’Moore-Klopf

For Japanese Writers

Ten Differences Between Japanese and English That Make English a Difficult Language To Learn

Biological Editing Resources

Binomial nomenclature – from Wikepedia

Medical Editing Resourcs

List of medical roots, suffixes, and prefixes – from Wikipedia

List of medical online dictionaries – from HealthPlusPlus