I'm writing a scientific report (due this evening), and I'm having some problems regarding capital letters. As usual, figures, tables, sections, etc., are given capital letters. Example: Results given in Fig. 2. See Tabs. 4-5.

In one of the tables I have defined 14 integrals, where each integral is paired up with a number. These integrals are referred to by: Integrals 3-4 in Tab. 2.

My question is this. Should I capitalize the I in integral, when referring to them in the middle of a sentence?

Should I say: When testing with integral 4. Or: When testing with Integral 4.

If the latter case, should I use an abbreviation for Integral, like I do for Figure (Fig.), Table (Tab.) and Section (Sec.)?

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I am by no means an expert in scientific paper writing, but it seems to me that it's more consistent to capitalize the term Integral, just like you do with the other numbered things.

  • I agree. It helps to think of this as the caption or title of a figure.
    – Ingmar
    Commented Dec 17, 2013 at 10:08
  • @Ingmar every German-speaker would agree.
    – c.p.
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 10:08

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