RnD Technical has found that the following
websites can be helpful in resolving questions that arise during the preparation
and editing of geoscience publications. The links on this page are checked each time this
site is revised, but it is
still possible that some of them could be broken.
Association of Earth Science Editors
An international professional association dedicated to the exchange of
ideas on selection, editing and publication of research manuscripts, journals,
serials, periodicals and maps pertaining to the earth sciences.
Guidelines, by Brian Grant
A careful comparison of this new style guide (published in 1999) with several others
indicates that it is superior to any of them in every respect. It has obviously been
written by an editor with considerable experience in the preparation of reports for both
government and industry. Among its many strengths are the following:
|It takes a common-sense rather than pedantic approach. For example, it doesn't
try to include a complete course on grammar, which editors don't need and authors are
never going to read or use.|
|It includes far more practical information of use to a geologist than the others
(e.g., guidelines for illustrations, a chapter on the digital world, another on peer
review and editing, and a fairly detailed geologic[al] time scale on the back cover).|
|It includes the simplest and most sensible reference format of any style guide,
one that will be easily followed by users from a variety of disciplines.|
|Perhaps most important, it is easy to find things, using either the logically
arranged table of contents or the extensive index.|
GSC Guide to
Authors, Geological Survey of Canada
The online version of the GSC's well-known
National Instrument 43-101, Alberta Securities
Standards of Disclosure for Mineral
Exploration, Development and Mining Properties.
USGS Suggestions to Authors,
United States Geological Survey
The USGS's style guide available for
downloading as PDFs.
Dictionary of Mining, Mineral,
and Related Terms, United States Geological Survey
Based on the U.S. Bureau of Mines Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms,
published on CD-ROM in 1996.
of Mining Terms, Kentucky Coal Education
Source of glossary not cited.
dictionaries and other resources of use to geologists and miners, MiningLife.com
Oil and Gas Units of
It's interesting that the American Association of Petroleum Geologists
"came down hard on their authors" and specified that all authors were to use the
SI-type multiples for expressing volumes of oil and gas.