When to use italics

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

Making a decision about when to use italics in Radiopaedia.org articles is important because the addition of bold and italic words in prose actually reduces readability.

In literature, italics can be used for a number of things, including titles of works. However, in order to keep things simple and to maximise readability, we have decided to only use italics in very specific situations.

Usage

Naming organisms

Occasionally, we will refer to organisms in an article. Where we do, we should use the genus and species of the organism, and both should be italicised. The genus should also be capitalised and if abbreviated, be followed by a full-stop (period):

  • Escherichia coli
  • E. coli

Since there are very few examples of where we correctly use italics on the site, if you are unsure, do not use them.

Radiopaedia.org

The name of our website is written without the use of either bold or italics, except in cases where the use of bold as defined in our style guide applies. The first sentence of this article serves as an example.


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