New Hart's Rules: The Oxford Style Guide (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199570027

Oxford University Press
480 ページ
124 x 180 mm



  • Authoritative guidance for writers and editors, presented clearly and unambiguously
  • Small handbook format and clear layout make it the ideal desk companion
  • Covers all aspects of the editorial process from typescript to published work, including layout and headings, notes and bibliographies, indexing, punctuation, and illustrations
  • Prepared in consultation with professionals in the field, and endorsed by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders
  • All chapters fully edited and revised to reflect current practice, online publication, and the continuous evolution of the publishing industry

New to this Edition:

  • Entirely new chapter exploring the differences between UK and US English, e.g. lexical variation between the two, spelling differences, and which units of measure are generally utilized
  • Fully revised chapter on the presentation of scientific, mathematical, and computing material in published formats, bringing the chapter in line with the latest stylistic conventions
  • Increased focus on the practice of publishing in the digital age, from the submission and presentation of illustrations, to the citation of electronic sources, and the use of XML in the process of indexing

For over a hundred years, Hart's Rules has been the authority on style, helping writers and editors prepare copy for publication. The latest edition of this guide has been updated for the twenty-first century using the resources of Oxford Dictionaries and with the advice of publishing experts.

Twenty-one chapters give information on all aspects of writing and of preparing copy for publication, whether in print or electronically. New Hart's Rules gives guidance on a broad range of topics including publishing terms, layout and headings, how to treat illustrations, hyphenation, punctuation, and bibliographies and notes. All chapters have been revised and updated to reflect current practice (taking into account changes in the world and in the publishing industry over the last eight years), with the help of a team of experts and consultants. Chapters that have been particularly heavily revised include those dealing with the use and presentation of illustrations, with the conventions of scientific publishing, and with the art of indexing. Additionally, an entirely new chapter has been written to explore and summarize the differences between UK and US English.

The text is designed and organized for maximum accessibility with clearly displayed examples throughout. Authoritative and comprehensive, and endorsed by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, New Hart's Rules is the essential desk guide for all writers and editors. Together with the New Oxford Spelling Dictionary and the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors it forms the complete editorial reference set.

"so important for an editor's bookshelf" - Michèle Clarke, Editing Matters (SfEP)

"An admirable guide" - Glyn Paflin, Times Literary Supplement

"To be thoroughly recommended dip in and out or read at length depending on the needs of the individual user." - Penny Dade, Reference Reviews

"any academic author ... should have a well-thumbed copy on his or her desk" - Professor Tom Wilson, Information Research


1: The parts of a book
2: Preparing copy
3: Spelling and hyphenation
4: Punctuation
5: Capitalization
6: Names
7: Italic, roman, and other type treatments
8: Work titles in text
9: Quotations and direct speech
10: Abbreviations and symbols
11: Numbers and dates
12: Languages
13: Law and legal references
14: Science, mathematics, and computing
15: Lists and tables
16: Illustrations
17: Notes and references
18: Bibliography
19: Indexing
20: Copyright and other publishing responsibilities
21: US and UK English
Proofreading marks
Glossary of printing and publishing terms