*Epistemic status: This is my strongly hold preference, but I dont know to what extent others agree.*

I know of two common styles for numbering equations in a scientific publications.

A)** **Number ALL equations.

B) Number only those equations that you yourself want to reference to in the surrounding text.

**A is strictly better than B**

There is no extra effort to in numbering all equations since LaTeX does it for you.

It becomes much easier to discuss your paper in text and/or online, and in any other situation where the persons involved can’t just point directly at the equation they wants to refeer to.

LaTeX automatically number your equations if you use

`\begin{equation} … \end{equation}`

LaTeX does **not** automatically number your equation if you use

`$$ … $$`

Here is a bit of code you can use if you think “\begin{equation} … \end{equation}” Is too much to write. Copy paste this

`\newcommand{\be}{\begin{equation}}`

\newcommand{\ee}{\end{equation}}

into your tex document, before “\begin{document}”. Now you can simply use

`\be … \ee`

instead of “\begin{equation} … \end{equation}”

**Please number ****all**** your equations!**