Annual Meeting Report

Three New Style Manuals in the Sciences: What Went Into Them, What to Get Out of Them


CSE 2020 Fall Symposium MODERATOR: Barbara Gastel Professor Texas A&M University College Station, Texas SPEAKERS: Emily L Ayubi Director, APA Style American Psychological Association Washington, DC Stacy L Christiansen Managing Editor, JAMA, and Chair, AMA Manual of Style Committee American Medical Association Chicago, Illinois Sara Tenney Publisher, New Product Innovation, Publications Division American Chemical Society Washington, DC REPORTER: Duanduan Han Editing Associate College Station, Texas The years 2019 and 2020 witnessed the release of new editions of 3 style manuals: the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition), AMA Manual of Style (11th edition), and the ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication (replacing The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information). As the session moderator, Barbara Gastel, professor at Texas A&M University, noted, this session was for style manual enthusiasts. Style manual insiders, who led the writing and publishing of these manuals, gathered virtually to share the behind-the-scenes stories of creating these must-have reference works. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Emily Ayubi, Director of APA Style, first introduced the newest edition of the APA style manual. This edition has undergone the most extensive revision since the publication of its earliest predecessor, a 7-page writer’s guide, in 1929. After the launch of the 6th edition in 2009, more than 30,000 messages were collected from focus groups, surveys, interviews, emails, social media, blog comments, and web forms. These readers’ feedback was carefully reviewed and considered for potential updates. Peer reviewers representing multiple disciplines were invited to provide feedback […]

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