Accepted abbreviations

Dr Dan J Bell and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

There are a number of accepted abbreviations that we use on We would like the site to be as standardised as possible and we have therefore chosen our accepted abbreviations and would ask that where possible these are used:

  • a.k.a. not aka (short for "also known as")
  • cf. not c.f. (short for "confer", meaning "compare")
  • e.g. not eg./e.g/eg (short for "exempli gratia", meaning "for example")
  • et al not et al. or et. al. (short for "et alii", meaning "and others")
  • etc not etc. (short for "etcetera", meaning "and so on")
  • i.e. not ie./i.e/ie (short for "id est", meaning "that is")
  • NB not n.b. (short for "nota bene", meaning "note well")
  • vs not vs. (meaning "versus")
  • x-ray not X-ray or xray or XRAY or any other wacky combination
    • X-ray is allowable when it forms the first word in a sentence or a title

As a general note on abbreviations, please do not use abbreviations that are not widely known and used (convenience acronyms), e.g. UE for "uraemic encephalopathy". There is no need to do this, as we don't need to worry about word length or count (as in journal articles). Furthermore, when not reading a text from the start it can be very confusing to encounter custom-made or little-known abbreviations.

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