List of Abbreviations/Symbols
If you use a large number of abbreviations or symbols, you should include a List of Abbreviations or List of Symbols.
This type of list identifies the abbreviations or symbols that are used in the body and appendices of the disquisition, and provides a definition for each item. This is for the benefit of those who will read your disquisition at a later date.
If you include a large number of both abbreviations and symbols, you should create a separate list for each type of item.
All abbreviations or symbols that are used in the text and appendices must be included in the list.
The List of Abbreviations/Symbols must appear after the List of Tables, Figures, Schemes, etc. For more information, see Required Order of Elements.
- Alignment – Abbreviations and symbols must be aligned flush against the left margin. Use dot leaders to connect the abbreviation or symbol with the definition.
When the definition of an item is longer than one line, subsequent lines should be aligned with the first word in the definition.
To avoid awkward gaps between words, do not justify the alignment.
- Dot leaders – Use dot leaders to connect the abbreviation or symbol with its definition.
- Font and Margins – The font must be the same size and type as the rest of your disquisition. The margins must also be the same size as the rest of your disquisition.
- Order – The List of Abbreviations/Symbols appears after the List of Tables, Figures, Schemes, etc. For more information, see Required Order of Elements.
- Page numbers – Page numbers must be consistent with the rest of the disquisition. This is considered part of the prefatory material, and must use lower-case Roman numerals.
- Spacing – Use double-spacing between entries in the lists. If the definition of an item is longer than one line, use single-spacing between the lines of that definition.
- Example – For an example of a List of Abbreviations/Symbols in the correct format, download this file.