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Style Guide

Style Guide 

The University of Barcelona's Style Guide brings together different documents produced and maintained by the English Section of the Language Quality Work Group of the Vives Network of Universities, in which the University of Barcelona participates. To date, these include the Interuniversity Style Guide for Writing Institutional Texts in English (Manual d’estil interuniversitari per a la redacció de textos institucionals en anglès) and the Interuniversity Style Guide for Writing End-of-Degree Projects in English, which were both completed with the support of an Interlingua grant from the Government of Catalonia.

The Guide aims to facilitate interuniversity communication and improve the quality of the institutional and academic English-language documents our university produces. Loosely modelled on existing style manuals, including the English Style Guide of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation and The Chicago Manual of Style, the Guide is organised into different sections addressing specific and general aspects of institutional and academic language style and providing examples of model documents.
Further reading
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Anderson, G. (2014). How to write a paper in scientific journal style and format. Bates College, Department of Biology, On-line Resources website. <>

Bhakar, S., & Nathani, N. (2015). A handbook on writing research papers in social sciences. Bharti Publications.

“The Chicago Manual of Style Online.” The Chicago Manual of Style Online. University of Chicago, n.d. Web. 16 November 2021. <>.

Ciberta, J. (2014). WebGraphEd, an open source graph drawing editor for the web [master's thesis, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya]. O2.

Cuadrat, C. (2012). Route optimization and customization using real geographical data in Android mobile devices [master's thesis, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya]. O2. <>

Duval, D. (2016). The nature of food poverty: Literature review and qualitative study in Greenwich (UK) [master's thesis, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya]. O2. <>

“English Style Guide.” Translation and Drafting Resources. European Commission, n.d. Web. 16 November 2021. <>.

Gibaldi, J. MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 3rd ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008. Print.

“The Guardian and Observer Style Guide.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, n.d. Web. 16 November 2021. <>.

Haggan, M. (2004). Research paper titles in literature, linguistics and science: Dimensions of attraction. Journal of Pragmatics, 36(2), 293–317. <>

“How to Write Clearly.” Translation and Drafting Resources. European Commission, n.d. Web. 16 November 2021. <>.

Interuniversity style guide for writing institutional texts in English. Xarxa Vives d’Universitats. Grup de Treball de Qualitat Lingüística, 2017, 3a ed. <> [consulta: 16 novembre 2021].  

“IT and Communication: Yucca’s Free Information Site.” IT and Communication. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 November 2021. <>.

Lanham, R. Revising Prose. New York: Longman, 2007. Print.

Letchford, A., Moat, H. S., & Preis, T. (2015). The advantage of short paper titles. Royal Society Open Science, 2(8). <>

Mayhew, B. (2018, May 13). Scatter graphics: Premier League, 2017/18. Experimental 3-6-1.

“MHRA Style Guide.” The Modern Humanities Research Association. The Modern Humanities Research Association, n.d. Web. 16 November 2021. <>.

Millar, N., & Budgell, B. S. (2019). The passive voice and comprehensibility of biomedical texts: An experimental study with 2 cohorts of chiropractic students. Journal of Chiropractic Education, 33(1), 16–20. <>

Mohammed, C., & Radix, C.-A. (2020). Creating rhetorical complexity: Using popular science articles to teach abstract writing. Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (137–140). <>

Peters, P. The Cambridge Guide to English Usage. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004. Print.

Poyato Sánchez, P. (2014). La transducción al cine de la novela Tristana: La forma cinematográfica buñueliana. Signa: Revista de la Asociación Española de Semiótica, 23, 731–752. <>

Reddy, J. I., Cooke, P. J., van Schalkwyk, J. M., Hannam, J. A., Fitzharris, P., & Mitchell, S. J. (2014). Anaphylaxis is more common with rocuronium and succinylcholine than with atracurium.  Anesthesiology, 59(3), 39–45. <>

Ritter, R. M. The Oxford Style Manual. Oxford: Oxford, UP, 2003. Print.

Ritter, R. M. New Hart‘s Rules. New ed. Oxford, England: Oxford UP, 2005. Print.

Schimel, J. (2012). Writing science: How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded. Oxford University Press.

Scientific Style and Format: the CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 7th ed. Reston, VA: Council of Science Editors in Cooperation with the Rockefeller UP, 2006. Print.

Shipman, J. T., Wilson, J. D., & Higgins, C. A. (2012). An introduction to physical science (13th ed.). Cengage Learning.  

Soler, V. (2007). Writing titles in science: An exploratory study. English for Specific Purposes, 26(1): 90–102. <>

“Style Guide.” The Economist The Economist Newspaper, 27 Sept. 2011. Web. 16 November 2021. < >.

Swan, M. Practical English Usage. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005. Print.

Sword, H. (2012). Stylish academic writing. Harvard University Press.  

Terpugova, I. (2017). Protein classification from primary structures in the context of database biocuration [master's thesis, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya]. UPCommons. <>

Trask, R. L. The Penguin Guide to Punctuation. London: Penguin, 1997. Print.

University of Roehampton (n.d.). MLA referencing quick guide (8th ed.). <>

Williams, J. M. (2007). Style: Lessons in clarity and grace (9th ed.). Pearson Education.  

Zeiger, M. (2000). Essentials of writing biomedical research papers (2nd ed.). McGraw-Hill.  

Universitat de Barcelona. Serveis Lingüístics
Darrera actualització: 28-4-2022
Recommended citation:
«Style Guide» [en línia]. A: Llibre d’estil de la Universitat de Barcelona. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona. Serveis Lingüístics. <> [consulta: 25 maig 2022].