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.
Snoop around her website.

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)
–  just released 7th edition of its guide, but 6th still most common as of 2020.
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
The 7th edition blog has begun to roll at
Here’s a chart comparing APA 6 to APA 7 in the points where they differ.

2. Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS)
A huge tome, 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 Conscious Style Guide
A very different world of style: woke / gender / race / age … all those sensitive areas.