# Is there a good practice for when to use `\smallskip`, `\medskip`, or `\bigskip`?

Is there a (scientific) standard in articles or books for when to use `\smallskip`, `\medskip`, or `\bigskip`?

• I think (opinion) that consistency of use is more important than the actual case-protocol adopted. – Steven B. Segletes Jan 7 at 14:59
• In an ideal situation you should not need to use any of them manually in your document. (I use them in macro definitions, but not in the text as I see that as an indicator that I'm doing something wrong) – daleif Jan 7 at 15:05
• as a general rule you should be avoiding adding any explicit space. Your document class should be specifying spaces around captions, theorems, lists etc and so manual correction within the document should only very rarely be needed. – David Carlisle Jan 7 at 15:44
• Thank you for your comments, all suggestions are appreciated! – Manuel Jan 8 at 13:53