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The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information (An American Chemical Society Publication) [Hardcover]

Anne M. Coghill , Lorrin R. Garson
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July 20, 2006 9780841239999 978-0841239999 3
In the time since the second edition of The ACS Style Guide was published, the rapid growth of electronic communication has dramatically changed the scientific, technical, and medical (STM) publication world. This dynamic mode of dissemination is enabling scientists, engineers, and medical practitioners all over the world to obtain and transmit information quickly and easily. An essential constant in this changing environment is the requirement that information remain accurate, clear, unambiguous, and ethically sound.

This extensive revision of The ACS Style Guide thoroughly examines electronic tools now available to assist STM writers in preparing manuscripts and communicating with publishers. Valuable updates include discussions of markup languages, citation of electronic sources, online submission of manuscripts, and preparation of figures, tables, and structures. In keeping current with the changing environment, this edition also contains references to many resources on the internet.

With this wealth of new information, The ACS Style Guide's Third Edition continues its long tradition of providing invaluable insight on ethics in scientific communication, the editorial process, copyright, conventions in chemistry, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and writing style for any STM author, reviewer, or editor. The Third Edition is the definitive source for all information needed to write, review, submit, and edit scholarly and scientific manuscripts.

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Lorrin R. Garson is at ACS.

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  • Series: An American Chemical Society Publication
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: American Chemical Society; 3 edition (July 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780841239999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0841239999
  • ASIN: 0841239991
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars don't know what I'd do without it! March 8, 2007
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I'm a science copyeditor, and I truly don't know how I'd manage without this book. If it has to do with chemistry, it's here (thank heaven!). And there's a wealth of clear information about how to format math, a wonderful list of unit abbreviations, and even a fair amount about physics- and biology-related terminology. It has the most lucid and concise explanations I've seen about when to apply italics or roman. And it's reasonably priced. Of course, if you specifically need to follow ACS style, this book is de rigeur, but even if you don't, you'll find it invaluable for science copyediting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for Advanced Organic Chem Lab January 2, 2013
By Brad
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The list of abbreviations and common solvent names is great for writing experimental sections on lab reports for Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab. The reference examples are also particularly helpful for citing sources in the intro, etc. I look forward to using this again in Polymers Lab and would recommend to any college student who doesn't want to annoy their TA with formatting questions. Only downside is the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars informative February 23, 2011
most of this info can be found online, but it is nice to have a print version on hand while writing/editing work
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. January 1, 2014
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This is a fantastic book. Every chemistry student should own it, and every author of an article in the field of chemistry should have it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great February 15, 2013
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This is a very helpful and great book for graduate students who are constantly writing papers for your degree like me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Style guide February 8, 2013
By Phillip
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It is a book on how to reference in ACS style. It is a great book to have in your arsenal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It does what you need January 26, 2013
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It isn't the most exciting book out there but it is a very useful resource to have on hand for reports and articles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grad Students Best Friend October 26, 2011
By Yahaira
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This book is also a must have for any grad student! If there is anything you are struggling with in regards to publishing and ethics this book will break it down to the core. It will also guide the writer on how to write proficiently and concisely.
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