Should I put spaces after periods in the following examples?
- A.B. Buffington (between the initials)
- Vol.2, No.6, pp.195-200
I see people missing spaces in their academic writing all the time and I am not sure if I should correct this.
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I commiserate with the desire to avoid a cramped, less readable look.
The citation service that I use, Mendeley, gives a choice of four commonly used citation styles. Three have spaces between abbreviated first and middle initials. Otherwise, yes, I think I would add spaces to your remaining examples. So to answer your question, this is what I would do:
Vol. 2, No. 6, pp. 195-200
Your examples look unnecessarily compact (if not cramped) to me. I would correct them to:
- A. B. Buffington
- Vol. 2, pp. 195-200
If you look via this handy resource allowing access to the major citation styles (MLA, APA, and CMS), none of them advocate such a cramped format.
I haven't found a reference for why e.g. and i.e. are conventionally written without spaces. I'll edit my answer if I do...