# [Tex/LaTex] Conventions for formatting scientific units

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I would appreciate some guidance on how to format units that incorporate SI, molecules, and text.

Right now I am formatting the letters in chemicals or names as 'text' and the SI units, sub/super scripts and numbers in math.

For example, I would appreciate feedback on how to format the following for publication:

• meter squared leaf area per meter squared of ground: $m^2$leaf$m^{-2}$leaf
• grams carbon: $g$C
• carbon dioxide CO$_2$

This previous question about [what package should be used to typeset units] is similar, except that I am not convinced that I need to add another package like siunitx (publishers request that I minimize use of extra packages).

Thanks!