? Should the name of RE be italics ?

Chris Boyd chrisb at hgu.mrc.ac.uk
Fri Sep 18 07:02:49 EST 1998


Rich Dudley (rdudley+ at pitt.edu) wrote:

: Jongrak Kittiworakarn wrote:
: > Dear all:
: >
: > Should the name of restriction endonuclease typed in italic?
:
: I believe they should be; however, in recent times, that convention has
: fallen by the wayside, and now are usually written in a standard
: typeface.

No, not in most journals. The species indicator (usually first three
characters) should be in italics and the rest (substrain designator and
Roman numerals) should be in upright typeface: e.g., HindIII in a
markup language would be \textit{Hin}dIII (LaTeX) or <it>Hin</it>dIII
(HTML).

The journal Cell is one of the few that doesn't bother with these
conventions (nor does it italicize species names), errors of style
which taken together with its wretched choice of fonts render its text
ugly and hard to read.

Best wishes,
--
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