How would one properly format a department/office/lab/subsection of a university? If say I work in Lab X of University Y, should I format it like this? Lab X, University Y or University Y, Lab X? Or something else?

  • I have mostly seen Lab, Dept, University. Commented Sep 25, 2016 at 5:31
  • What is this for?
    – Gimelist
    Commented Sep 25, 2016 at 9:50

2 Answers 2


In the context of describing affiliations of different authors on a paper "Department name, Faculty Name (optional), Institution name" is common. For example, see this paper: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1609.06958.pdf


The formatting for nearly any type of addressing is stated ordered from subset to the enclosing superset.

In your case,

Lab, [Department], Institition, [State/Country]

The State/Country part is seldom included.

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