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Hey! So I'm doing my EE in physics, about exoplanets, which means I mention a lot of planets that are named like "51 Pegasi b" for example, and that already is 3 words. I was wondering if it's strict like that, or would such names be considered one word? Same thing with numbers like 3 000 000. Also, I put my in-text references like (1) (is that the correct method? I can change it but so far I haven't heard anything about it), and that also counts as a word, will that be included in the final word count?

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In text citations do not count towards word count, but quotes do count. 51 Pegasi b is three words. You can use scientific notation, or words (three million). Word count should not be a goal, just a restriction. Onky worry about word count when you have revised the essay signaficantly 3+ times.

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11 hours ago, kw0573 said:

In text citations do not count towards word count, but quotes do count. 51 Pegasi b is three words. You can use scientific notation, or words (three million). Word count should not be a goal, just a restriction. Onky worry about word count when you have revised the essay signaficantly 3+ times.

I see, thanks for your reply!

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