Resources

To deliver consistent work and find sound advice on writing and editing issues you don’t need a large bookshelf.
The following resources and reference documents are a good starting point. I highly recommend them.

Australian manual of scientific style (AMOSS)

The Australian manual of scientific style (AMOSS)

Whether you are a scientist writing journal articles or an editor working on scientific documents, I can strongly recommend the Australian manual of scientific style (AMOSS). This great resource can answer many of your questions about scientific writing style, language and editorial consistency. It also has special sections that focus ...
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Introduction to PerfectIt online course

Introduction to PerfectIt online course

I recently wrote about my favourite editing tool, PerfectIt, a software add-on to Ms Word. Just this month, my friend and colleague Hilary Cadman from Cadman Editing Services has launched her Introduction to PerfectIt online course. If you are interested in PerfectIt, but feel reluctant to learn yet another program, ...
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PerfectIt, software to edit your document

PerfectIt for writers and editors

Of the many proofreading aids for writers and editors, PerfectIt is my favourite. It is a Microsoft Word add-on program that will find many of the inconsistencies you have inadvertently left in your document. Here are some examples of the things it will find in your document:
Book cover image for the Macquarie Dictionary

‘Macquarie Dictionary’

I use and recommend the Macquarie Dictionary for spelling. The Australian Government and universities consider this work the authoritative source on Australian English. By using this work as your spelling standard, you adopt a consistent strategy, which readers will respect. Usage of the Macquarie Dictionary The Macquarie Dictionary is available ...
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Book cover for Effective Writing by Elizabeth Murphy and Hilary Cadman

‘Effective writing — Plain English at work’ by Elizabeth Manning Murphy and Hilary Cadman

This is an excellent book for writers who want to improve or refresh their skills of effective writing. When I was doing my online editing course many years ago, I used the first edition of this book extensively. It has excellent examples and many exercises to test yourself. I still ...
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What are ebooks? Image of a page of a PDF file when opened on an smart phone

All about ebooks

What are ebooks? Ebooks have been around for a while now and still the definition can be a bit blurry. So, what are ebooks? According to Wikipedia, an ebook is ‘an electronic book’ or ‘digital book’. In other words, it is a book-publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, ...
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Writing tips

Writing tips for technical documents

Are you writing a technical or scientific document? Use these ten writing tips to create well-structured and easy to understand documents. To write a document that readers will find interesting, clear and useful, you need to think about the whole document from the very beginning. These writing tips can help ...
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Edit your own writing, the editing room

Great tips to edit your own writing

It is not easy to edit your own writing. You become so closely involved with providing content that taking a reader's perspective becomes very hard. However, there are many copyediting tasks that a writer can do at any stage of the editing process. Here are my top-ten tips to edit ...
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Format a new document in Microsoft Word - how to save a document

How to format a new document in Microsoft Word

Document layout does not have to be complex to look professional. Microsoft Word is a powerful tool that can help you write and publish your own work. However, it is complex to use. When you start writing and format a new document, many features can distract you from the real ...
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Book cover of Indexing books by Nancy Mulvany

‘Book indexing’ by Nancy C. Mulvany

This book is an excellent reference work for anyone who indexes books. While Book indexing is mostly intended for indexers, I still recommend it for writers and editors. Content overview Book indexing gives a good introduction to indexing. Importantly, it also contains sound advice for authors about how they can ...
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Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers

‘Style manual for authors, editors and printers’ by DCITA, 6th edition

Most departments of the Australian Government use the Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers as their style guide. Many other organisations also use it. It covers the planning process, writing and editing, design, illustration usage, the legal aspects of publishing, and final product evaluation. I have found the writing ...
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