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Is it really necessary to place the appendices in a book in the order in which they are referred to, or is it possible to have a "logical" order, i.e. place them in an order which would be chosen when the Appendix would stand alone? For example, Appendix G referres to another appendix, which logically would be placed as Appendix H, but because the reference appears so late, that appendix would end up as Appendix Q when placing the appendices in the order of references.

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What kind of work is this? Also, are you using a style guide? (Such as APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) –  Neil Fein Mar 13 '12 at 16:37
    
@NeilFein: There is no style guide (therefore the question). Otherwise it would just be: "do as the guide tells you", of course. It is a kind of report (which became way too long). –  Stephen Mar 13 '12 at 20:03
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I would have no problem putting appendices in "logical" order. An appendix is referred to out-of-context or out of order anyway, so what difference does it make if your footnote sends the reader to Appendix A, Q, or IV?

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Makes sense. Better have thematically connected appendices next to each other, thus after reading one appendix a related one can be "discovered" by the reader because it follows immediately. And it should not be important whether the link goes to page 1000 or 1200, because in either case it is "somewhere at the rear of the book". Just wanted to make sure it is not "nobody ever would do that ridiculous order". –  Stephen Mar 13 '12 at 20:12
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Unless you put them in the front of the book, or scattered them randomly throughout, I don't think there's really a "ridiculous order" for appendices. –  Lauren Ipsum Mar 13 '12 at 23:32
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