Abbreviations and symbols. Abbreviating units of measurement

    The content of these guidelines is taken from the third edition of the Vives University Network’s Interuniversity Style Guide for Writing Institutional Texts, an interuniversity project in which the UPC participates with the support of the Secretariat for Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia.


    Abbreviating units of measurement

    • Units of measurement are often abbreviated. The abridged forms are normally written without points and do not have plurals.

      4 ha (hectares)
      200 g (grams)
      9 m (metres)
      5 kg (kilograms)
      60 km (kilometres)

    • Note that proper nouns that form part of units of measurement retain their initial capital.

      10 degrees Celsius