Science makes a fundamental contribution to our society, health and wellbeing, environment and economy. Writers and editors working in the science arena need to be able to express complex science information clearly and logically … AMOSS provides the guidance needed to achieve this.
The Australian manual of scientific style (AMOSS), developed by Biotext and published in partnership with Macquarie University, was launched on Thursday 16 August at the Shine Dome, during National Science Week.
AMOSS is a comprehensive online resource for anyone producing academic, scientific or technical information. It helps to deliver consistency across different publications and authors within an organisation, and across time.
This style resource is the result of more than 3 years of development by Biotext’s expert science writers and editors, and continued development through a publishing collaboration with Macquarie University.
At Thursday’s launch, Biotext founder and Director, Dr Janet Salisbury, spoke about the process of developing AMOSS. Emeritus Professor Pam Peters, Macquarie University Department of Linguistics, will discuss the use of language and style in scientific writing.
‘Our collaboration with Macquarie University has enabled us to develop AMOSS with the addition of research into accessible communication, as well as new style information for specific scientific disciplines and data visualisation’, says Dr Richard Stanford, Biotext Managing Director.
AMOSS will feature on the StyleHub, a platform Biotext and Macquarie University are currently developing for publications relating to style, communication and accessibility standards.
‘This partnership is a natural match, as both organisations are very serious about making recommendations on style, language and terminology based on rigorous research’, says Dr Stanford.
‘From the thousands of students and professionals already using AMOSS, the feedback has been excellent. This is a resource that saves time and makes the publication process more efficient by eliminating arguments over style and the need for multiple editing changes’, says Dr Stanford.
AMOSS has been designed to become a ‘living resource’, evolving with input from Australia’s academic, science, editing and design communities.