I have a question about how to handle capitalization of chemical names in titles. This is the title I'm struggling with:

Canada Finalizes Screening Assessment for p-Toluenesulfonic Acid and Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate

Should the "p" remain lower case or should it be upper case?

  • What does your company/institution/publication's style guide say? Jun 23 at 14:59
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    You can consider using the alternative name, tosylic acid (TsOH), if you're confused.
    – Justin
    Jun 23 at 15:01
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    Cambridge University uses lower-case in Cambridge eScience Centre. Jun 23 at 15:27
  • Is that the same type of prefix that appears in "o-Dichlorobenzene"? (The difficulty with having this type of question here is that so few people have the background necessary for a good answer — I don't, although I may have found an answer anyway.)
    – Laurel
    Jun 23 at 15:31
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    I’m voting to close this question because the language involved is certainly far removed from standard everyday English, belonging say on Chemistry.SE. Jun 23 at 19:31


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