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Mike Whittle
08-08-1996, 10:58 PM
In our scientific writing, we all (I'm sure!) follow the practice of NEVER
using an abbreviation without first spelling it out in full. However,
almost every day on Biomch-L, I read postings which contain unexplained
abbreviations. Here is an example from the postings on a single day,
recently. This list was derived from direct postings to the list, and does
not include further examples, which were contained in replies to a question,
which were then re-posted as a collection.

AAHPERD
RQES
CSB
ESB
ESMAC
ASB
MAC
EMG
FES

I realize that those people who have worked in the field for a few years
know what most of them mean, but probably not all! However, I imagine there
are also subscribers to this list who can translate very few of them.

Let us behave like scientists, and make our postings clear to everyone who
reads them -

EVERY ABBREVIATION SHOULD BE SPELLED OUT IN FULL, THE FIRST TIME IT IS USED!!

Mike Whittle
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