I am currently writing a textbook in some mathematical area and now I am at the point of creating an index of words.

Are there some general rules in academia on this, like there are for citing references?

For example, if I have some mathematical theorem, like "Theorem of BlaBla", should I then include it to "T" or to "B"? And also if there is some general definition, like a "norm" of a space and then there are some specific examples, like "p-norms", should I then order the latter separately in $p$ or together wth the general concept at "n"?


  • I know how to make an index with latex thats not the problem. I am asking if there are some general rules for making them.
    – B.Hueber
    Feb 24, 2021 at 10:05
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    I don't think there are general rules. My experience is many of them are a mess. Personally I'd have an entry under both "T" and "B" for the "Theorem of BlaBla" because some readers may look in one place and others in the other one. I think asking yourself what is most reader-friendly is a good guideline. Feb 24, 2021 at 11:06
  • Okay, thanks a lot @Lewian !
    – B.Hueber
    Feb 24, 2021 at 11:09
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    @Udalricu S Your question is specifically about mathematics and I don't have an answer. Wiley publishes many technical books. They have a detailed and excellent guide to indexing that might be useful. authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/book-authors/… Feb 25, 2021 at 17:19


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