Section 1: Abbreviations, acronyms and initialisms
- 1.1 Lower case
- 1.2 Upper case and small caps
- 1.3 Mixed upper and lower case
- 1.4 Academic degrees
- 1.5 UVic and other universities
Use periods with abbreviations that appear in lower case.
e.g., a.k.a., a.m., p.m.
Use no periods with abbreviations that appear in upper case or small caps.
VP, USA (US), CEO, BCE, CE
Use no periods with acronyms and initialisms.
Place course codes in upper case.
Place acronyms in upper case except when they have become common words.
NAFTA, NATO, NEPTUNE, VENUS, scuba, laser
Place initialisms in upper case.
WTO, BCAA, ICBC
According to Canada Post standards, abbreviations of provinces and territories should appear in upper case without periods.
AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT
Place foreign currency codes in upper case.
See the complete list of currency codes.
Abbreviations with mixed upper and lower case other than academic degrees should have a period at the end.
Dr., Prof., Mr., Mrs., Ms.
When abbreviating personal names, use periods and a space between abbreviations.
P. D. James, W. A. C. Bennett
Use no periods in academic degrees.
PhD, BSc, BA
For accepted abbreviations of academic degrees, see Appendix A: UVic academic degrees.
Spell out “University of Victoria” in its first reference. Thereafter “UVic” is acceptable except in very formal instances.
The abbreviated form of the University of Victoria does not use a period.
For information on the appropriate use of the University of Victoria signature (logo), see http://web.uvic.ca/webcoor/graphicstandards/.
In abbreviating the names of degree-granting institutions, the University of Victoria Undergraduate Calendar does not use periods. Other units are urged to follow this treatment.
BA (Alta), MA (McG), LLB (Tor)