The question I have is two-fold, but it's basically the same question for citations and abbreviations.

Let's say that I'm writing a thesis and I want to briefly mention a term which I hope to define later and which after defining, I'd like to refer to using an abbreviation/acronym. (Whether this is a good idea is a separate concern...I understand it usually is not)

Should I place the abbreviation in parenthesis after I first mention the term, or after I define it (Also the last time I plan on using the term un-abbreviated)?

I'm also wondering about the same exact question, but for inline citations.

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It depends on the norms you are willing to follow. According to the APA manual, if you want to abbreviate a term in the text, you have to present both the full version and the abbreviation the first time you use the term.

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