Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Center
RDT&E Division,
San Diego, CA 92152-5001

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NRaD Technical Document 1064

Revision 1

Revision 1 is available only in this on-line version.

July 1994

NRaD Writing and Editorial Guidelines


Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited


Foreword

This document contains general and detailed writing guidelines. The general guidelines are included for engineers, scientists, technicians, and administrators who must write as an adjunct to their main tasks. The detailed guidelines are intended to help writers and editors consistently use good writing practices; however, everyone is encouraged to use these detailed guidelines to help prepare their project reports and associated documentation.

Please keep in mind that these writing guidelines must be applied with a certain degree of flexibility. Exceptions will often occur, and ample room is left for individual initiative and discretion.

If you have questions or suggestions about this document, please contact the Publications Branch of the Technical Information Division. For questions about scientific and technical information (STI) processing at the Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Center RDT&E Division (NRaD), refer to the "STI Handbook," NOSC Technical Document 1545.

Contents

General Writing Guidelines

Writing Practices

Abbreviations

Capitalization

Compounds

Italics

Numerals

Punctuation

References

Appendices

A: Simple Alternative Words


B: Selected Standard Abbreviations


C: Spelling Guide


D: Glossary of Correct Usage