Types and Sections of Articles
UPDATE: We will discontinue using quotation marks to identify parts of an article, but retain the capitalization; eg, This is discussed in the Methods section (not the “Methods” section). This change was made February 14, 2013.
General terms used to refer to a type of article or a section within an article should be set lowercase.
His letter to the editor was published in the December issue.
The methods sections of articles are often inadequate.
However, when referring to a specific type of article, or a section within a specific article, capitalize the first letter in the words of the category or section name.
The Letters to the Editor section of Archives of Neurology is a favorite of mine.
See the Methods section for a full description of each of the groups in the study.