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Zoology: Writing & Publishing

Style Manuals

An excellent book on writing scientific papers is Robert A. Day's "How to write and publish a scientific paper," now in its 6th edition. This is held in the SciTech Reference shelves at T11 .D33 2006 and is also shelved on the 4th floor of the Hamilton Addition when it is available.

A guide to formatting your papers and monographs for science that is used widely is Scientific style and format : the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers, Style Manual Committee, Council of Science Editors. The 7th edition is held in the SciTech Reference stacks at:
call number T11 .S386 2006


Earlier editions can be checked out. The earlier editions carry a change in title, " Council of Biology Editors style manual," and are held at QH304 .C68, on the third floor of the Hamilton Addition.

Other guides can be found by searching Hawaii Voyager using the following subject browses:

  • biology--authorship
  • technical writing
  • communication in science

Keeping Your Copyright

There is a growing movement for authors of scientific research papers to keep their copyright rather than signing it over to a publisher. Retaining your copyright allows you to deposit the paper in an open access repository in addition to a peer-reviewed venue, for future researchers to access. A copyright addendum is recommended when negotiating with a publisher. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) provides information and a link to a dowloadable pdf of the addendum at

A U.K. site Sherpa Romeo provides a searchable database of journal publisher policies regarding open access publishing.

Creative Commons Licensing

You can share your work using the Creative Commons licensing, which offers different levels of sharing. All of the licenses require attribution. See to browse the license conditions developed by Creative Commons. Work that is licensed includes scholarly work, instructional materials, images, etc.


ScholarSpace at UH Manoa is an institutional repository for intellectual property created by UH Manoa scholars. The repository's foundation is d-Space developed at MIT. Currently there are communities contributing content from many disciplines at UH Manoa in science, social sciences, and humanities.

UH Manoa theses and dissertations are also being added to ScholarSpace.