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Style manual

The Style manual, first published in 1966 by the Commonwealth Government Printing Office, provides guidance and recommendations for anyone faced with the task of preparing material for publication in either print or electronic format. The subsequent second to fifth editions were published by the Australian Government Publishing Service in 1972, 1978, 1988 and 1994.

Sixth edition 2002

The sixth edition is a substantial revision, in response to the extensive changes in the publishing industry since the previous edition of 1994. It contains detailed advice on publishing in both print and electronic formats; it emphasises the importance of focusing on the audience's needs when planning, structuring, writing, designing and editing a publication; and reflects a more multicultural and global outlook that recognises the influence of the Internet on publishing.

The procedural steps in publishing form the underlying structure of this new edition. Advice is given on how to plan, undertake and evaluate a publishing project. General practices in editing, design, electronic publishing, indexing and printing fields are also discussed.

It was revised for the Australian Government by a consortium of communications and publishing professionals and is published, marketed and distributed by John Wiley and Sons Australia, Ltd.

The Style manual is a commercial publication and is not available electronically.


John Wiley & Sons, Australia Ltd publish the Style manual sixth edition and copies can be purchased from retail book outlets. The Wiley Australia site allows users to find a local bookseller or online bookstore.

Retail outlets wishing to stock the publication should contact:

Customer Service Department, John Wiley & Sons, Australia Ltd

Phone: 1800 777 474
Fax: 1800 802 258
Address: PO Box 3065, Stafford BC, Qld, 4053, Australia.