Science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM)

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AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (hardcover, OUP USA, 10th edn, 2007)

This American Medical Association manual of style is also available by subscription or using your library card from Oxford. The current print edition runs to over 1,000 pages and costs £50–£60, so this is a very useful saving. The manual follows US usage, obviously, but nonetheless is a very valuable resource for anyone working on medical material.


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Science Editors’ Handbook edited by Pippa Smart, Hervé Maisonneuve and Arjan Polderman (paperback, European Association of Science Editors, 2nd edn, 2013)

The EASE publications list has other titles of possible interest, and the Toolkit for Journal Editors also has an interesting range of resources.

EASE offers discounted membership rates to SfEP members, and EASE members can purchase EASE books at a discount. Full details can be found in the Members' area.


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Terminologia Anatomica by FIPAT, multilingual (hardcover, Thieme Medical Publishers, 2nd edn, 2011)

This internationally accepted anatomical terminology is particularly useful if you are editing medical books with authors from different parts of the world. An online version of the original 1998 edition is available at FIPAT along with Terminologia Histologica and Terminologia Embryologica.

The Wikipedia article entitled 'Outline of human anatomy' follows the TA, but is not so useful if your authors are using non-English naming conventions.


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Units, Symbols and Abbreviations: A Guide for Authors and Editors in Medicine and Related Sciences by D. N. Baron and H. McKenxie Clarke (paperback, Royal Society of Chemistry, 6th edn, 2008)


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Tackling NHS Jargon: Getting the Message Across by Sarah Carr (paperback, Radcliffe Medical Press, 2002)

Written by SfEP Advanced Professional Member, Sarah Carr, this book provides practical advice for all responsible for communicating information about healthcare. Explanations of common NHS jargon, with alternatives, are included together with plain speaking and writing techniques, and there are examples from real NHS management communications. Further information is available from the author.


Mathematics into Type by Ellen Swanson, updated by Arlene O'Sean and Antoinette Schleyer (online, American Mathematical Society, 1999)

Mathematics into Type is the American Mathematical Society style guide, updated 1999 edition. This is available free online and is useful for anyone editing maths. The original 1979 edition followed hot metal conventions, but the updated edition is for authors and editors using TeX files.


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Botanical Latin by William T. Stearn (paperback, David & Charles, 4th edn, 2004)

A weighty and authoritative tome (but with occasional and unpredictable sparks of humour) and very reliable.


Biological Nomenclature by Charles Jeffrey (paperback, Edward Arnold, 3rd edn, 1989, ISBN 0713129832pa)

If you can get hold of it, this volume is still useful as a quick reference and a more accessible guide. Covers all three major taxonomic divisions (bacteriological, botanical and zoological), but author is a botanist and so perhaps most useful for botanists in clarifying complexities and technicalities of biological nomenclature.