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Items to Avoid in Headings 

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Items to Avoid in Headings

  • 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 14.11, 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 14.11, Abbreviations, Clinical, Technical, and Other Common Terms.)

  • Avoid citing figures or tables in headings. Cite them in the appropriate place in the text that follows the heading.

  • Avoid citing references in headings.

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