What is The Chicago Manual of Style?
The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), usually truncated to the ‘Chicago style’, is a method of document formatting and citation that was first published by the University of Chicago Press in 1906.
2010 saw the publication of the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, and the manual continues to cover a wide range of publication topics, from American English grammar, usage, notation, and manuscript preparation.
Often referred to as the “editor’s bible,” CMOS is predominant in the humanities and social sciences and most historical journals.
According to linguists, the early languages of humans did not have articles to accompany nouns, the necessary information concerning number and specificity being conveyed through context or helper words somewhere else in the sentence. This admirable systems still exists in many languages of the world, including Russian, Hindi, Chinese, and Japanese, but at some point other languages evolved a set of words to precede nouns to indicate this information.
In English the definite article “the” originated from the word “that” which was one of the words used to specify the location of an object.
Writing a paper is a lot of work: Organizing the data, drawing the figures, writing everything from the experimental section to discussion in a clear and effective manner. But now the paper has been submitted, the reviewers have been kind, and the editor has notified you that the paper has been accepted for publication. So, the whole laborious process is finished, right?
Not quite. There are still a few matters to address. When the proofs arrive, go over them with a fine tooth comb. Mistakes do happen while going from manuscript to final copy.
Authors are required to follow prescribed writing styles, formats and guidelines mandated by a research journal when submitting articles for publication. This is to ensure that an article is consistent with the language and presentation quality characteristic to that journal. The first step in preparing an article for publication is to check the requirements specified by the chosen journal.
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