Rachel Cayley offers a great overview of so many ac-wri style issues. Start at her overview page.
Helen Sword! Her book, Stylish Academic Writing, is a game changer.
Try a sample of your writing in her tool, the Writer’s Diet.
STYLE GUIDES: There are three main style guides for academic writing.
Which one should you use? That depends on your university, your advisor, your target journal.
1. American Psychological Association (APA)
– Latest edition of The APA Guide: 7th, though 6th is still commonly used as it’s not so different from 7th.
APA has announced free reading of its publications during the pandemic pandemonium.
The APA 6 blog is still treasure. It is now archived, at
The transition blog is at https://apastyle.apa.org/blog
The 7th edition blog has begun to roll at https://apastyle.apa.org/blog/future-blog
Here’s a chart comparing APA 6 to APA 7 in the points where they differ.
2. Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS)
A major resource, and a huge tome in paper, with a great online version and support pages
3. Modern Language Association of America (MLA)
The MLA Handbook is used by a big segment of academia too.
The Economist style guide for seven pounds is indispensable for GRIPS students.
The Economist magazine also has a free style guide; although it is simple, it is solid.
The Asian Development Bank Institute has its own style guide and style notes:
Grammar Girl web site and podcasts (despite the name, a serious contemporary usage resource)
MIT’s ComDor Editorial Style Guide
Writing Technical Articles
Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style online
The Coventry University Harvard Reference Style is here
Journalistic style: the 4-box system
The Conscious Style Guide
A very different world of style: woke / gender / race / age … all those sensitive areas.