Ossicle/Style Guide

Current Otorhinolaryngology Style Guide edit

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Overview edit

The goal of this collection is to provide a scholarly and readily accessible resource for professionals on Head and Neck disorders. Consequently, there are several rules regarding formatting and citation that must be followed to keep this collection uniform and professional.

For ease of use, each entry within this text should be written as if it were its own review article. This should allow the reader a simple one-print mechanism to obtain high quality information on a given subject. Please keep editorialism to a minimum. While a “Discussion” section for each topic is encouraged, its contents should come from reasonable extrapolation of cited data, not mere opinion.

Scholarly Sources & Citation Format edit

  • The article’s body should eventually be thoroughly cited from (preferably) primary sources published in peer-reviewed journals.
    • In the interest of ease of publication, partial articles and uncited articles will be allowed at present.
    • Until a Reference list is completed, the Template:Uncited template should appear at the top of any incompletely cited articles.
      • Briefly, this is done by inserting the {{Uncited}} markup at the top of a page, on its own separate line, when Editing.
    • Citations will be made by using the Harvard referencing system. Citing Sources. Briefly, this means following your cited text with with a parenthetical reference to the author and the year of publication, e.g. (Smith 2001).
    • References will be listed as the last Level 2 Heading on the page, titled "References".
    • The References list should be formatted using the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals requirements.
  • Well-established and time-tested fact or premise need not be cited, but realize it does open the article up for criticism.

Article Formatting edit

To maintain a professional look, please publish with a unified format:

  • Use the “Contents” template at the very top of the article
  • Divide into sections using “Level 2 Headline” formatting in Wiki Markup
    • Introduction
    • Clinical Presentation
    • Epidemiology
    • Pathophysiology
    • Treatment Options
    • Discussion
    • References
  • Capitalize the first initials in Level 2 Headline.
  • Cross reference other articles in this text by making the keyword an “Internal Link”. Please only link a keyword the first time it appears in your article.
  • Common abbreviations should be spelled out with the abbreviation in parenthesis for its first use in each article.
  • Please write in third-person style.
  • Please spell check.
  • For all other matters of style, please refer to the Wikipedia Manual of Style