Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS • Open AccessHow to Write a Good Scientific Paper: Acronyms
The term acronym is the name for a word made from the first letters of each word in a series of words. Some distinguish an acronym (such as NATO), which is pronounced as a word, from an initialism (such as FBI), which is pronounced by saying each letter separately. Most people, however, ignore such distinctions. The more general term abbreviation includes acronyms but also abbreviations that use letters other than the first letters of a word (such as nm for "nanometers" or Mr. for "mister"). Here, "acronym" will be used loosely to mean any abbreviation.