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Proper spellings of atmospheric science words

April 22, 2010 Filed under Blog, Posters, Potpourri, Presentations, Resources, Reviewing, Writing 

Did you know that shortwave radiation is not hyphenated, but short-wave trough is?

Did you know that air mass is two words when used as a noun, but one word when used as an adjective (e.g., airmass modification)?

If you are ever wondering how scientific words are spelled or used, the American Meteorological Society has two resources for you.

The Glossary of Meteorology (2000). Search for the word in question to make sure that you are using the word correctly and spelling it properly (at least as defined by this resource).

The AMS Authors’ Guide, available from the Authors’ Resource Center. A thorough document for how to format your manuscript for publication in an AMS journal. What you may not know is that there is a section on correct spelling of words near the end.

Correct use and spelling of scientific terminology in your manuscript will give the reviewers one less thing to complain about!

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