Mathematical and Scientific Standards?

Subject: Mathematical and Scientific Standards?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Marsha -dot- Kamish -at- shell -dot- com
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 18:07:39 -0500

Marsha Kamish wonders: <<Do any of you know where I can get a list of how to write or abbreviate things like the word 'million?' I've seen it mm and MM and mln. Is there any standard documented?>>

Before we can give you a good answer, you'll need to specify what area you're working in. The Council of Science Editors publishes a style guide for the sciences in general, most professional associations such as the American Medical Writers' Association and American Chemical Society have their own style guide, every journal in creation seems to have its own style guide, and different industries have their own standards (e.g., the U.S. military's MILSPEC).

So your answer is: "it depends". <g> Speaking from the scientific perspective (i.e,. editing for peer-reviewed journals), "million" is universally abbreviated M as the prefix to a unit (e.g., Mg = megagrams = 1 metric tonne), or is spelled out in full or as the numeral (e.g., we performed 1 million bootstrap randomizations, we counted exactly 2 000 000 bugs).

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Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca

(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)

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