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UTS PUBLICATIONS STYLE GUIDE

numbers

spell out one to nine and use numerals for 10 and above

The class has eight students.

The lecture was attended by 25 students.

do not put the number in parentheses after spelling out the numeral (eg 'Students are required to present two (2) copies of their report.')

spell out if referring to general amounts

Hundreds of students attended the free movie.

The protest was attended by tens of thousands of students.

spell out the numeral if it begins the sentence

Forty-three students enrolled this year.

use a comma in 10,000 and above

854
6322
15,426

abbreviation

use 'no.' (with a full stop)

ages

spell out one to nine and use numerals for ages 10 and above

first/second/third

use 'first', 'second', 'third', etc. (not 'firstly', 'secondly', 'thirdly')

fractions

hyphenate and spell out (use numerals in a table)

one-third
five-and-a-half

range of numbers

use an en dash in a range of numbers (with no spaces on either side) and use the following conventions

8–15
12–18
20–4
205–8
325–45
1994–95
30,000–40,000

page numbers

spell out 'page' in sentences

The subject descriptions begin on page 25.

abbreviations

use 'p' for a single page and 'pp' for a range of pages

range of pages

use an en dash in a range of pages (with no spaces on either side) and use the following conventions

p 25
pp 11–16
pp 22–8
pp 41–7
pp 45–50
pp 122–8
pp 236–52

per cent

spell out in a sentence (two words, except 'percentage') and use the rule for numbers: spell out one to nine, use numerals for 10 and above

A pass mark is 50 per cent.

A high percentage of students have graduated.

use numerals and the symbol in tables (with no space between the numeral and the symbol)

25%

measurements

spell out in a sentence and use the rule for numbers: spell out one to nine, use numerals for 10 and above

City campus is two kilometres from Newtown.

The clock weighs 35 kilograms.

abbreviations

use the following abbreviations in tables and where space is limited

GB
gigabyte
kB
kilobyte
kg
kilogram
kW
kilowatt
L
Litre
mg
milligram
km
kilometre
m
metre
MB
megabyte
MW
megawatt
mW
milliwatt

use numerals when using the abbreviated form (and no space between the numeral and the abbreviation)

8kg
35m

the abbreviation never takes a plural

10kg not 10kgs

money

use numerals and currency symbols when referring to amounts of money

Parking at City campus costs $13.

spell out if referring to general amounts

Courses can cost thousands of dollars.

abbreviations

to distinguish between same currencies

A$25 (Australian dollars)

US$100 (United States dollars)

NZ$55.50 (New Zealand dollars)

and for non-dollar currencies

€10.25
£8.76