Meanings: Ibid., Idem., Loc. Cit., Op. Cit. — Horse Cit.

March 1, 2012

On Lingua Franca, Carol Saller (an editor, no less), calls for burying these increasingly obscure Latin abbreviations in citations.  Here’s what she urges instead:

Authors rarely cite a work in full every time it appears. Sometimes they cite it fully the first time it appears in each chapter. Sometimes they give it the full treatment only the first time it’s mentioned in the book. Either way, subsequent mentions of the work are most often shortened to the author’s name, a short title, and a page number. This type of shortening is clear, concise, and difficult to botch—it’s what my group [of academic book manuscript editors] likes best.


About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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