Avoid abbreviations where possible. Full stops and other punctuation marks are not used in most abbreviations but are still preferred shortened Latin words:
Avoid contractions, e.g.: aren’t, can’t, couldn’t, hasn’t, don’t, I’m, it’s, there’s and what’s.
Most are made plural by simply adding an 's' without an apostrophe:
Acronyms (a string of letteres prononced as a word e.g. NASA) can be used without explanation where the audience will understand their meaning. If the audience is unfamiliar with the acronym, spell it out, e.g.: Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research (TIAR) in the first reference and thereafter use the acronym.
Do not use full stops or spaces between initials in acronyms.
Commonly used UTAS acronyms include:
Avoid using symbols (such as @ for 'at') unless they're a recognised part of a trademark or title.
As a general rule, do not use ampersands (&) in body text. Using ampersands in headings and menus on the UTAS website is acceptable.
Avoid using the plus sign (+) unless the symbol is a typographical element.
Authorised by the Associate Director, Service Delivery & Support
8 January, 2013