List of Abbreviations


Link: List of Abbreviations


The List of Abbreviations is an alphabetical list of the abbreviations used in your thesis/dissertation that aims to improve clarity and minimize confusion for the reader.
This is optional.
If your thesis/dissertation contains numerous abbreviations, or if you think your audience may not be familiar with the abbreviations used, a List of Abbreviations is recommended.

Setting Up Tabs

  1. Create the "List of Abbreviations" heading (2" from the top of the page, styled as a 1st level heading).
  2. Set page spacing to single-spaced.
  3. Click on the bottom right of the Paragraph tab to open the Paragraph Settings window.
  4. Click on the Tabs button at the bottom left of the window.
  5. Set the tab stop to 1.5" (Align LEFT; Leader NONE).
  6. Click Save on the Tabs window and then close the Paragraph settings window.
  7. Click and move the right indent to 6.0" so that any long headers will wrap to the next line.
  8. Create the “Abbreviations” and “Definitions” headings, styled as level 2 headings, on the second line using tabs to start the Definitions at 1.5”


General Formatting

  • Line Spacing: Single-spaced, or Faux double-spaced (Use faux double-spacing when abbreviation/definitions are longer than 1-line) (Set the whole page to single-spaced and add one single-spaced line before each new abbreviation) 
  • Page Number: Lowercase Roman numeral (continued from Table of Contents)

Section Heading Formatting

  • All 1st-order headings must be 2" from the top edge of the page and must be styled consistently.

Consistent Formatting

  • All Abbreviations must match verbatim (word-for-word) to those used in the body of manuscript.

  • Definitions should not be closer than 0.5" from the right margin so they do not overcrowd the page numbers.

  • The "Abbreviation" should be against the left margin while the "Definition” should be indented to 1.5". All lines of the definition must be indented the same. See the above example for help.

  • Page numbers are not required for the abbreviations.