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Scientific Style and Format: The CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (CBE Style Manual) Hardcover – November 25, 1994


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It has been 11 years since the fifth edition of this well-known manual was published under the title CBE Style Manual: A Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers in the Biological Sciences. Earlier editions focused on style for those publishing in the plant sciences, zoology, microbiology, and the medical sciences. This quite expanded sixth edition covers all scientific disciplines, excluding only a few technological areas that are not experimental or observational. In order to include new disciplines, the sections on how to write and submit papers to scientific journals have been omitted. This was a sensible change, since each journal already publishes its own procedures.

The Style Manual Committee of the Council of Biology Editors had five aims in producing this excellent book: to support convergence in style in an international framework, to simplify formats for citations and references, to simplify style rules, to offer options based on the deeply rooted conventions of some disciplines, and to reduce work at the keyboard. The major parts of the book are "General Style Conventions," "Special Scientific Conventions," "Journals and Books," and "Publishing Process." Of these parts, the first two make up the bulk of the book. "General Style Conventions" covers every possible aspect, including alphabets, symbols, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviations, and geographic descriptions. Most of these conventions are also used outside the scientific community, so this manual can serve as a style reference for all writers, although some conventions are unique to science. For example, this section recommends the use of Arabic numerals instead of spelled-out words for the numbers one to nine. The "Special Scientific Conventions" section is comprehensive, covering the electromagnetic spectrum, subatomic particles, chemical elements, chemical names and formulas, analytical methods, drugs and pharmacokinetics, chromosomes, viruses, bacteria, plants, algae, human and animal life, the earth, and astronomical objects and time systems. The text is thorough and easy to follow, with many examples. Appendixes cover recommended practices for abbreviating journal titles and publishers' names; a bibliography is followed by an index.

There is no other book like this for the scientific and technological community. It should be the major desk reference for anyone writing a scientific article or book. Students should be made aware of the manual early in their educational career so that old habits can be broken and correct procedures adhered to. Highly recommended for all academic libraries; public libraries should consider purchase, too.

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'There is no other book like this for the scientific and technological community. It should be the major desk reference for anyone writing a scientific article or book. Students should be made aware of the manual early in their educational career so that old habits can be broken and correct procedures adhered to. Highly recommended for all academic libraries; public libraries should consider purchase too.' Booklist, The American Library Association

'Of reasonable size, written in a clear style, free from any over-specialized language, at the level of a master's degree which remains accessible to a vast scientific public, this book should enjoy a wide and well-deserved circulation ...' Paul Germani, Professor at Polytechnique, Secrétaire perpétuel de l'Academie des Sciences

'No English-language author, editor or publisher in the field can do without it.' STM Newsletter

'As a reference manual for anyone in the business of scientific editing, this publication, now in its sixth edition, has no rivals.' Olive Brooke, Learned Publishing

' ... an invaluable publication for authors and editors alike ... warmly recommended.' P. K. Thomas, Journal of Anatomy
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Product Details

  • Series: C B E Style Manual
  • Hardcover: 841 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 6th edition (November 25, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521471540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521471541
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Slappy on May 28, 2012
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This is an old edition but it contains all of the information that a scholar would need to put together a quality publication. I buy a copy for all of my students at this price.
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By Pedro on November 20, 2012
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For doing scientific editing, this book has everything that I need. It is well organizes and incredibly thorough - a must if you want things to be edited and then published correctly.
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Boring, but that's to be expected (read the title)!

The previous version was probably a bit better. I am still unable to find material that I would expect to be in this book. The Chicago Manual of Style refers to this book. I'm waiting to see what the next version brings.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Javier Bezos Lopez on May 11, 2007
This is an old edition (6th). The latest is the 7th (2006), but it has got a new name: The CSE Manual (note the new acronym).
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shambles on November 19, 2010
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I'm sure it's useful to have. I bought it for writing my master's thesis. Thought it'd be good to have.

The internet's just so much easier, though, and I'm lazy.

p.s. Don't read my thesis
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