Wanted: Science Editors with Style

Biotext is developing a scientific and technical style manual to provide a comprehensive Australian guide for anyone who writes or edits scientific or other complex material. It will be available in 2014 as a printed book as well as an online resource.

The manual will cover four main areas:

  • planning, structure and information design — how to plan your content, use headings wisely and engage your audience through information design and navigational aids
  • writing — practical examples of how to identify and amend common errors to ensure your writing is clear, concise, logical and effective; tips and tricks for writing; and guidance on writing reports, peer-reviewed research papers, grant applications, posters and media releases
  • editing — helpful tools and detailed guidance on common aspects of scientific editing, including numbers and measurements, scientific terms, spelling and usage, italics, capitals, shortened forms and referencing styles
  • visual information — guidance and examples of how and when to use tables, graphs, diagrams, illustrations, infographics and photographs to convey scientific and technical information.

Biotext has requested feedback from editors on what they would like to see included in such a manual. If you would like to have your say, it will only take a minute to fill in their online survey.

The survey will be available until 31 March.

Further information is available here.