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    Conventions for documentation

    Hi there.
    My question is regarding conventions for documentation? Can I include additional material in the same parentheses that enclose the date of publication? Or should I open another pair of parenthesis?

    Context:
    The output ratio is fully charaterized by the value of interporal elasticity of substituition, a concept introduced by Sthephens (1998; IES from now on).

    Thank you.
    L


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    Re: Conventions for documentation

    You will have read lots of papers, just copy their style. I would never go beyond a single level of parenthesis, it just becomes unreadable.

    You would usually expect to find the citations at the end of the document with just a marker in the text. The text has to be readable and mentioning names, studies and dates in the body of the text detracts from the readability of the article. If I really disagreed with something you said, I would follow your source, otherwise I take your word for it and continue reading.


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    Re: Conventions for documentation

    Hi, Thod, and thanks for your reply.
    In my case, the paper was written by someone else, and this is how he phrased it:
    Context:
    The output ratio is fully charaterized by the value of interporal elasticity of substituition, a concept introduced by Sthephens (1998) (IES from now on).

    I was thinking about including all the information in one set of parenthesis.

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