General grammar and style guidelines
In scientific texts the visual form of the symbols implies their
semantic meaning. Therefore typographic conventions must be obeyed if
you want to correctly communicate with the reader community. The Web
page Typographical rules for scientific texts
provides a quick overview.
CERN's Scientific Text Processing (STP) Service has prepared a series
of guides to various aspects of grammar and style that authors,
editors, and copy-editors at CERN frequently come across. These
guides, listed below, are available for download as PDF files. They
should be of general use, although some are more specifically aimed at
those of you writing for CERN publications.
The Reviews of Modern Physics Web site has a style
guide that covers much of the material presented on this
page. Moreover, its Appendix A
Writing a Better Scientific
Article has a very useful section on elements of style for
non-native writers of English.
Note: If you are preparing a contribution for an
outside publisher, do not forget to visit their website. Different
publishers, and even different publications within the same
publishing house, have their own style and preferences.
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