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Notes on Capitalization of Titles in CSE Style

Article and book titles are written much like standard sentences.  Only the first word, proper nouns, and proper adjectives are capitalized.

There are a few exceptions. Capitalized abbreviations and abbreviations with capitals in them (e.g. pH) remain capitalized as normal.  Also, as the CSE style manual notes, "...some chemical prefixes must be kept in lowercase type with only the prefixed compound name capitalized, for examples, 'o-Methylphenol' representing an ortho-substituted compound; if the lower case italicized 'o' were capitalized because it is the first letter of the term, the term would become 'O-Methylphenol,' an oxygen-substituted compound."

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Created: 06/27/2000
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