UCAR Writing Style Guide

The Style Guide is compiled by the Communications Office for our own use in editing publications. It reflects style decisions made over the course of many years, but is constantly updated and expanded. Other staff are not compelled to follow it, but the Style Guide may prove useful to anyone in NCAR or UCAR for advice on style matters.

Our primary reference is The Chicago Manual of Style; our second reference is the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Cases not found in either or exceptions to their recommendations are recorded in the UCAR Style Guide. When a meteorological term does not appear in American Heritage, we refer to the American Meteorological Society's Glossary of Meteorology.

Many professional journals have a specific style not covered here. Please refer to the requirements of the journal to which you are making a submission. The NCAR Library provides links to several online styleguides in the atmospheric and related sciences.

Additional resources for scientific and public communication may be found on UCAR's Communicating Science wiki.

For questions not addressed by this style guide, contact Zhenya Gallon (Communications).

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Online Style Guides (NCAR Library)

Glossary of Meteorological Terms in English & Russian (National Snow & Ice Data Center)

CommSci: UCAR Communicating Science Program

UCAR ESL: English as a Second Language


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