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Author Names
General Rules..........................R15.1
Institutional Abbreviations.............T6
Geographical Terms....................T10


Typeface Conventions

Footnotes: name in small caps typeface

Textual Sentence: name in regular typeface


General Rules for Author Names

The author is indicated at the beginning of the citation in small caps typeface. Some general rules are given below:

Individual Author - Give the author's full name as it appears on the publication, including any suffix such as "Jr." but omitting titles such as "Dr." or "Prof."

Two Authors - List the authors' names in the order they appear on the title page, separated by an ampersand

More than Two AuthorsEither use the first author's name followed by "ET AL." or list all of the names.

Institutional Authors - Include the institution's full name, abbreviating according to Table 6 and Table 10 if the result is unambiguous.

Individual on Behalf of Institution - Use the individual's name and then the institution's name, separated by a comma.


Author Abbreviations

What should you abbreviate when naming an author?

  • Words in Table 6 and Rule 10.2.1(c)
  • Geographic regions in Table 10
  • Common acronyms in Rule 6.1(b) (e.g. NAACP, FCC)


Using "et al." to indicate multiple authors is preferred in both full and short form citations to save space. However, all authors may be listed if the names are particularly relevant.


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