Anyone faced with the task of preparing material for publication needs guidance. This sixth edition of the Style Manual provides guidance and detailed advice on publishing in both print and electronic formats. It represents a substantial revision in response to the rapid and extensive changes that have occurred in publishing since the fifth edition was produced in 1994. The new Style Manual continues to provide detailed information and recommendations on the best practices in design, editing, production and writing. This edition builds on the Style Manual's reputation as an outstanding Australian reference standard for all those who understand the value of effective communication.
You know if you must have a style manual. So my review is more for those who take an interest in writing and editing and are wondering if they should take the plunge and purchase one. Frustratingly, the ones in bookstores are usually wrapped in plastic so no clues from there.
My tip is, when you next have an important but not urgent task, see if your library or colleagues have one, and see how much the manual helps.
For the record, the 6th edition, from 2002, does not feel dated. I'm happy with mine.
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