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Know Thy Style Guide!

Know Thy Style Guide!

While their contents may seem mysterious to those outside the world of print publishing, many writers in English have heard of such style guides as the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), the New Oxford Style Manual, and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Even though some of their content might seem more relevant to those who design publications themselves, many of the rules and principles set out in these guides have an impact on English-language writing globally. For example, in March, 2017 it was revealed that the upcoming CMOS revision would switch from Internet to internet and from...

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Tuesday's Tips & Tricks: DOI

Tuesday's Tips & Tricks: DOI

When referencing academic articles in peer-reviewed journals, the digital object identifier (DOI) should be your best friend. In virtually any citation format, the DOI should be the last item included in each journal reference, to promote seamless click-through between each article and its sources. The latest format for DOI, established on March 2017 at www.crossref.org, uses secure hypertext; for example, https://doi.org/10.1037/arc0000014. Please follow this format for every article you cite, and make your editor happy! For more information, see the blog post, "Mind your DOIs!"

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Mind your DOIs!

Mind your DOIs!

Some authors have been slower than others to recognize the current importance of the DOI prefix in their academic references. What is a DOI, you may ask? It stands for "digital object identifier", and is an alphanumeric string attached to an academic article, for example, https://doi.org/10.1037/arc0000014. Using the DOI system, academic articles are able to reference each other in a continuous chain of stable hypertext links, unaffected by the instability of internet addresses over time. These days, a DOI is available for almost any peer-reviewed journal article, even ones that are decades old. Major reference formats such as that of the American...

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Tuesday's Tips & Tricks

Tuesday's Tips & Tricks

The graphic says it all. Read your work aloud. Seems simple, but it is simply effective. As a seasoned writer and editor, I find myself relying on this technique daily. You'll catch run-on sentences, agreement errors, and even questionable syntax. For particularly tricky portions of text, print the section and read it aloud a few times. This will also help you maintain a clear and concise style.

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MVC Awards Program

MVC Awards Program

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