Publishing a new edition of a style manual, particularly a lengthy, detailed manual that covers a ridiculous amount of technical material (Hello, ‘AMA Manual of Style’!), is a gruelling process. In our case, it involved ten people meeting for at least an hour every week for more than a year.
A closer look at the word “ventilated”.
Today, Brenda Gregoline discusses the final four points on her ‘top ten list’ of most frequent mistakes authors make when submitting manuscripts – including duplicate submissions, failing to protect patient identity, not ‘matching-up data’ and forgetting to read the instructions for authors!
Do you know how an author meets the criteria for authorship? Or what should happen to the author’s name if they die before their manuscript is published? This quiz, taken from the AMA Manual of Style, helps you to navigate the ethical and legal considerations and dilemmas most commonly encountered in scholarly scientific publication.
It’s impossible to expect authors to absorb all of the 1000-page ‘AMA Manual of Style’; they’re just trying to get published, and it’s our job to help them. Today, we discuss three of the top-ten most frequent mistakes, including punctuation and style, ‘errors of grandiosity’ and wacky references.
Phil Sefton, ELS, weighs in on the difference between “nauseating” and “nauseous”.