While references usually refer to page numbers, e.g.
- Smith, J. On a a certain subject. In: Obscure Journal 2022, pp. 75-81.
it is sometimes (e.g., in some lexicons) necessary to refer to text columns instead of pages (in German: Spalten, abbreviation Sp.). What is the correct abbreviation to be used in English in that case? My guess is "col." or perhaps "clm."? And would the plural form be fomed with plural -s ("cols." or "clms.") or by reduplication (as with "pp." for pages: "coll." or "clmm.")?
- Smith, J. Supercalifragilism. Encyclopedia Obscura, cols. 1032-1035. ?
An online research appeared inconclusive to me.