The keys to good writing are accessibility and consistency, enabling the reader to concentrate on the meaning of the text. A consistent style is particularly important for an organisation with an international readership as it helps build an easily recognisable corporate image. The Style Guide highlights the standards and conventions that should be used for all publications. It serves as a useful reference tool to writing. But whatever your style, just be consistent.
CHAPTER I: WRITING FOR THE OECD and CHAPTER 2: PRINCIPLES OF STYLE provide information on topics such as how to write well, the structure of an publication and the grammatical rules that apply.
CHAPTER 3: RULES AND CONVENTIONS (formerly published on line as Technical Guidelines) aims to answer those questions relating to the technical aspects of language use in an A-Z format.
CHAPTER 4: WATCHING OUT FOR PITFALLS IN ENGLISH highlights language definitions and nuances. Supplementary information offering advice on how to choose a title, write an executive summary, number publications and correct proofs can be found in ANNEXES A-D.