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Items to Avoid in Headings 

Manuscript Preparation

Cheryl Iverson

▪ Avoid using a single abbreviation as a heading, even if the abbreviation has been expanded earlier in the text. If the abbreviation appears as the sole item in a heading, spell it out. (See , Abbreviations, Clinical, Technical, and Other Common Terms.) ▪ Avoid expanding abbreviations for the first time in a heading. Spell the abbreviation out in the heading if that is its first appearance and introduce the abbreviation, if appropriate, at the next appearance of the term. (See , Abbreviations, Clinical, Technical, and Other Common Terms.) ▪ Avoid citing figures or tables in headings. Cite them in

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