these are formed from the initial letters of words (whether the result is pronounceable as a word or as a series of letters) British Broadcasting Corporation ⇒ BBC Master of Arts ⇒ MA Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome ⇒ AIDS Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences ⇒ MPLS Planning and Resource Allocation Committee ⇒ PRAC Pro-Vice-Chancellor ⇒ PVC
when using an acronym that may be unfamiliar, spell it out in full the first time it is mentioned, with the acronym following in brackets; thereafter, use the acronym alone The decision was made by the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC). There are several meetings of PRAC every term.
use a space to separate each initial (eg J R R Tolkien, C S Lewis)
when discussing large numbers in text, it is fine to use k/m/bn as shorter ways of spelling out 1,000/1,000,000/1,000,000,000 (or writing out 'one thousand'/'one million'/'one billion') as long as you are consistent throughout the document
Names of universities
awarding bodies in lists of qualifications can be abbreviated to shorter forms if it is clear what university you are referring to: Camb, Oxf, UCL etc. Use English names, not Latin ones, as not all universities have a Latin name (eg Oxf instead of Oxon)
if you are using Latin abbreviations, make sure you know what they mean and when to use them (and do not use full stops after them)
eg [exempli gratia] – means 'such as'; use with examples which are not exhaustive (and do not follow with a comma): Oxford offers many language courses, eg Russian, French, Spanish [those are some, but not all, of the language courses offered].
ie [id est] – means 'that is'; use with definitions or lists which are exhaustive (and do not follow with a comma): Catch a Blackbird Leys bus, ie numbers 1 or 5 [those are the only buses which go to Blackbird Leys].
ibid [ibidem] – means 'the same'; use when making a subsequent reference/citation to a publication or other source mentioned in the immediately preceding note (ie no references to anything else have appeared in between) For a fuller explanation of telepathy, see Brown [Speaking with the Mind, Chicago (1945) p 125]; also in Brown is further information on cats and telepathy [ibid, p 229].