List of style guides

A style guide or style manual is a set of standards for the writing and design of documents, either for general use or for a specific publication, organization or field. The implementation of a style guide provides uniformity in style and formatting within a document and across multiple documents. A set of standards for a specific organization is often known as "house style". Style guides are common for general and specialized use, for the general reading and writing audience, and for students and scholars of various academic disciplines, medicine, journalism, the law, government, business, and industry.


Several basic style guides for technical and scientific communication have been defined by international standards organizations. These are often used as elements of and refined in more specialized style guides that are specific to a subject, region or organization. Some examples are:

  • EN 15038, Annex D  European Standard for Translation Services
  • ISO 8  Presentation of periodicals
  • ISO 18  Contents lists of periodicals
  • ISO 31  Quantities & units
  • ISO 214  Abstracts for publication & documentation
  • ISO 215  Presentation of contributions to periodicals and other serials[1]
  • ISO 690  Bibliographic references  Content, form & structure
  • ISO 832  Bibliographic references  Abbreviations of typical words

  • ISO 999  Index of a publication
  • ISO 1086  Title leaves of a book
  • ISO 2145  Numbering of divisions & subdivisions in written documents
  • ISO 5966  Presentation of scientific & technical reports
  • ISO 6357  Spine titles on books & other publications
  • ISO 7144  Presentation of theses & similar documents
  • ISO 9241  Ergonomics of Human System Interaction




United Kingdom


For legal documents

For journalism

For the computer industry (software and hardware)

United States

In the United States, most non-journalism writing follows The Chicago Manual of Style,[3] while most newspapers base their style on the Associated Press Stylebook. A classic style guide for the general public is The Elements of Style.

For general writing

For legal documents

For academic papers

For journalism

For electronic publishing

For business

For the computer industry (software and hardware)

Editorial style guides on preparing a manuscript for publication




See also


  3. Casagrande, June. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite. Penguin, 2006.
  4. Library of Congress Catalog Record for The Business Style Handbook, 2nd edition:
  6. Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers ISBN 978-0-226-11649-5

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General use of style guides
American English
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British English
Canadian English
Australian English
International organizations

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Medical journals
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