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OECD Style Guide

Third Edition

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This third edition of the OECD Style Guide is designed to help draft and organise published material so that readers can easily navigate, understand and access OECD analysis, statistics and information. It does so by 1) providing basic guidelines that meet the needs of our mostly online audiences, 2) offering tips on good writing, and 3) setting out the standards and conventions that should be used to ensure coherence and clarity across all OECD information, on all communications platforms.

The OECD Style Guide: Third Edition is currently being updated to align with the OECD’s new authoring environment (O.N.E Author). If you have any questions while drafting or editing content, please email: [email protected].

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Dictionaries and references

The OECD recommends consulting the most recent editions of the Concise Oxford Dictionary (COD) and the Oxford Style Manual for British English publications for details not covered here. You may also find the online resources and latest editions of the following works useful, as supplements to the OECD Style Guide. Where discrepancies between an external guide and our house style guide exist, always choose the OECD practice and be in touch with your PAC editor as needed.

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