Tuesday, May 22, 2007

B - Subtleties of Scientific Style

Stevens M. 2007. Subtleties of Scientific Style. Science Scape Editing

About this book the author says: "this book is aimed at hands-on scientific editors, those who work with the nuts and bolts of the text—from spelling, punctuation and grammar (copyediting) to meaning and logic (substantive editing). Copyeditors (subeditors) and journal editors will also find something of interest in it. I decided to write this book when I recognised that the assortment of books on my shelves either don’t mention some faults of scientific writing that I regularly encounter, or mention them only in passing. The book collects together many subtle, recurring errors that I’ve come to recognise in my more than 20 years of editing. It also incorporates a few essays I’ve written or lectures I’ve given on things that annoy
me about scientific writing..."
The full text of the book is free online
http://www.zeta.org.au/~mls/subtleties.html

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