Get expert advice to help you get published!

You are here

Research paper style guides that refuse to go away

Yateendra Joshi | Apr 5, 2014 | 12,962 views
Style guides that refuse to go away

As style guides continue to expand, each edition bulkier than its predecessor, and as copy editors struggle to keep up, it is time to re-consider the role and utility of style guides.

Ensuring that a document such as a research paper complies with the style guide provided by the journal is considered important. Puntuation, formatting, and other stylistic aspects are scrutinized by the copy editors. For example, whether a space should be added after a table title or certain words should be capitalized is dictated by the style guides.  

In the article titled "Style guides that refuse to go away," published by Learned Publishing of The Association of Learned & Professional Society of Publishers, the author questions the relevance and utility of the minutiae that style guides insist on. The author considers "whether it is time to reconsider the role of style guides, especially the extent of style specifications" and reconsider their utility in a world that is embracing technology and accessing and consuming content in a way that differs vastly from the conventional methods.  


Joshi, Yateendra. "Style guides that refuse to go away." Learned Publishing 26 no. 2 (2013):133.


Read the full pre-print article here


Like this article? Republish it!
Knowledge should be open to all. We encourage our viewers to republish articles, online or in print. Our Creative Commons license allows you to do so for free. We only ask you to follow a few simple guidelines:
  • Attribution: Remember to attribute our authors. They spend a lot of time and effort in creating this content for you.
  • Editage Insights: Include an attribution to Editage Insights as the original source.
  • Consider a teaser: Yes, that’s what we call it…a teaser. You could include a few lines of this post and say “Read the whole article on Editage Insights”. Don’t forget to add the link to the article.
  • Re-using images: Re-publishing some of the images from our articles may need prior permission from or credit to the original image source.
  • Quick and easy embed code: The simplest way to share this article on your webpage would be to embed the code below.


Please copy the above code and embed it onto your website to republish.
Download free ebooks, guides and templates.
Editage Insights offers a wealth of free resources on academic research and publishing. Sign up and get complete access to a vibrant global community of 179k researchers.
By clicking 'Join Now', you agree to our Terms & Privacy Policy.
Having trouble registering/logging in? Contact us
Q & A

Have your own question?

Related Categories