Titivillus Editing for the Health Sciences
Preparing Ideas and Research Results for Publication
Timothy DeVinney, Author's Editor and Copy Editor
Titivillus Editorial Services
AMA style. The styling specified by the American Medical Association Manual of Style.
APA style. The styling specified by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
AP style. The styling specified by the Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual.
author's editor. Someone who helps authors prepare material before they submit it to a publisher or journal, either to help them improve their chances of acceptance or because the publisher no longer provides adequate editorial assistance. This role is more specific than that of a copy editor, in that copy editors often work for publishers and journals to prepare accepted materials in accordance with their needs and requirements.
Chicago style. The styling specified by the Chicago Manual of Style.
copy editor. Someone who helps prepare material
for publicationfor authors and for publishers and journals. Copy
editors find and correct mistakes in grammar, spelling, and usage (asking,
eg, is this the right word to use for what you are trying to say here?).
Harvard style. A general term for the many varieties of approach to author-date citation specified by APA style and by the styles of publishers such as Springer-Verlag.
headline-style capitalization. Varies by style guide, but for AMA style (p 239), capitalize the first letter of the first and last words on each line of the heading or subheading (if there is more than one line), of all adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs, but lowercase articles, prepositions, and coordinating conjunctions with 3 letters or fewer, and the to of the infinitive.
MLA style. The styling specified by the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing.
sentence-style capitalization. Capitalize the first letter of the first word in the sentence, the first word after a colon, and all proper nouns and adjectives.
style guide. An authoritative source (see sources) for points of styling and formatting to be applied to a work intended for a particular publication or readership.
style sheet. A style sheet is a list of styling points that is kept for reference during a copyedit, so that once a decision is made about formatting or spelling (generally, regarding some point that is not covered in the style guide being used), it is applied consistently throughout the rest of the work.
styling. In editing, styling means deciding how to punctuate sentences,
render words including technical terms (hyphenated or open, lowercase
or capitalized, in italics or roman type), and format units of measurement,
so that your expression extends beyond basic syntax and the dictionary
meaning of words.
Uniform Requirements. See Vancouver style.
Vancouver style. The numbered reference citation style specified
by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in their publication
"Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals,"
which can be found at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/
CE: copy editor. (See definition of copy editor.)
CMS15: The Chicago Manual of Style. 15th ed. (See sources, below.)
ETS: Electronic typescript: the version of an article that is kept on the computer ready for editing, transmission, and eventual publication; in contrast to a printout.
IMRAD: acronym for the Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion format for presenting original research results.
ME: managing editor. This is often the title of the person at a publisher who oversees the editing and preparation of a journal article or book (but not always; sometimes editing is handled by the production department. See also PE).
MS: the manuscript; ie, the work in its prepublication state. Strictly speaking, this should be ETS (electronic typescript), but MS remains a commonly used abbreviation. (See the AMA style manual, p 246.)
MW11 (also referred to as Web11): Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 11th ed. (See sources, below.)
PE: production editor. This is sometimes the title of the person at a publisher who oversees editing as well as the production of journal articles or books (but not always; sometimes editing is handled by the editorial department. See also ME).
STM: scientific, technical, and medical. This is used to designate a field in publishing.
Web11 (also MW11): Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 11th ed. (See sources, below.)
WIT: Words into Type. 3rd ed. (See sources, below.)
American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 5th ed. Washington DC: American Psychological Association; 2001. (Note: there is a Web site with FAQs and updates to APA style. Available at: http://www.apastyle.org/faqs.html. Accessed April 24, 2006.)
The Oxford English Dictionary [book on CD-ROM, Version 3.0]. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2002.
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