I see in some journals that mention the line spacing in MS Word in terms of "nk".

What does that mean and how can I set that in the Word?

For example in this link, it states:

2 nk spaces should be added before references and 3 nk spaces should be added after.

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    The only Google results I get for "nk line spacing" seem to be for journals that accept submissions in both English and Turkish. I can only assume it's an abbreviation of something in Turkish, as it's certainly not a term I've heard in English, and I can't seem to find references to it elsewhere.
    – F1Krazy
    Oct 17, 2019 at 15:30
  • Some journals specify no kerning for submissions, although that would be letter spacing rather than line spacing. Could it refer to that? Oct 17, 2019 at 16:19
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    You are correct. It is in the turkish journals but I can't find the meaning in turkish dictionaries! This is a bit weird! @F1Krazy
    – Saleh
    Oct 17, 2019 at 19:57
  • Thanks but I think it has not something to do with kerning. As you guessed the nk is a unit for line spacing and paragraph spacing. @motosubatsu
    – Saleh
    Oct 17, 2019 at 19:58
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    It would help a lot if you could provide quotations and citations of where you are seeing this is "some journals". Oct 18, 2019 at 1:23

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I believe it is a poor translation from Turkish. "nk" probably stands for line (nokta) - it seems obvious in context. The unit of measure has been generally obsolete since 1931.

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