Expressing numerical quantities in text

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022

Time:  4 p.m. EST 

Description:  Science is about measuring and counting, and even when data are presented as a table, the highlights are given in text. Quantitative expressions are governed by many and rigid rules. Should there be a space between the quantity and its unit (5 kg or 5kg)? Can we use unit symbols such as mm and kg in text unaccompanied by a quantity? What is the difference between symbols and abbreviations? What are significant digits? This webcast presents the nitty-gritty of handling numerical expressions and points out matters on which major style guides differ. 

Cost: Free for ACES members; $30 for nonmembers

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About the Presenter: 

Yateendra Joshi has been editing scientific and technical documents for close to 35 years, a career switch he made after working for a decade as an agricultural scientist. For about 15 years, he worked with TERI, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi. While with TERI, he worked for 4 weeks as Invited Editorial Fellow with the World Resources Institute, Washington, DC, and for a year as Senior Editor with ICRISAT, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.

Yateen is among the only thirty editors worldwide who have been certified as displaying exceptional proficiency by BELS, the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, USA. He is a member of the editorial board of Information Design Journal and was re-elected last year to serve one more term as a member of the council of EASE, the European Association of Science Editors.

Yateen also serves as an expert on research papers on the board of experts of NAIWE, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, USA. As a freelance copy editor and trainer, Yateen has been teaching scientists how to write, publish, and present for more than 15 years and has delivered talks in India and abroad.

He also writes regularly on topics related to copyediting of scientific papers, and his book, Communicating in Style, was endorsed by the late John le Carré as follows: “A gem. Courteous, unfrightening and essential. A pocket companion to Fowler’s A Dictionary of Modern English Usage.” 


Course Details

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