AGU Editorial Style Guide for Authors

AGU staff edits journal articles for clarity, consistency, and house style. It is not the function of staff to rewrite.

AGU style is based on the Chicago Manual of Style and Words Into Type. Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Webster’s Third International Dictionary (and its Addendum), and The Glossary of Geology are used for hyphenation and spelling. Because the writing is scientific and not literary, AGU uses an open punctuation style, i.e., using only as much punctuation as necessary for clarity.

Note that the metric system should be used throughout, and the use of appropriate SI units is encouraged.

Most frequent changes made in editing:

Updates to editorial style:

More details, including a list of words commonly occurring in AGU articles and their treatment (hyphenation, capitalization, etc.), are available in the AGU Grammar and Style Guide (PDF).

See also AGU Reference Style guide (PDF).

For questions, contact: author.help@agu.org.