Small caps in names as part of an adjective

I know many scientific publications tend to write the names of authors, or names of people in general, in small caps. I quite like this idea, since it helps readers not to try and understand a word which is a name and as such has no deeper understandable meaning. So far, so good. But what about situations where the name of a person is included in an adjective, forming what (as I just learned) is sometimes called a proper adjective?

The example I have in mind is the term “Euclidean geometry”. What would be the best, most widely accepted or suggested, way to typeset this?

  1. No small caps at all?
  2. Small caps for the whole “Euclidean”?
  3. Or small caps only for “Euclid”, with normal “ean” suffixed to that?


I would not put anything in small caps, especially partial words.

There is no logic to having any word ever be partially small caps.

Since proper adjectives are not proper names, the first character should be uppercase, but nothing small capped.

In the end using small caps for your scenarios would not improve readability and ultimately, that is the very the reason for any use of small caps.

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