Organizing Your Dissertation / Thesis
Body of Manuscript - Non-journal Format
There are two format styles—non-journal and journal. The non-journal is basically one document; whereas, journal is a compilation of several manuscripts for journal publication. Check out the Journal Paper Format section for instructions for papers including journal publications.
- Begin first page of Chapter 1 with ‘1’. Numbers are the same font as the document’s text.
- Indent paragraphs five spaces.
- No blank pages.
- No excessive white space in text. Pages must be ¾ filled.
- Organize in a coherent and consistent manner, same size, location, font, etc.
- All level one headings (Preliminary Pages, Chapter Title, Reference/Bibliography, and Appendix) headings must be in all caps, bold, same size font, and located at the top of the page.
- Level one headings are preferred to be 12 point font. No larger than 14 point font may be used.
- Recommended: Level two headings are bold and centered with initial caps, except for conjunctions, prepositions, and pronouns.
- Recommended: Level three headings are bold, left flush, initial word first letter cap.
- Use headings in a consistent manner, same size, location, font, etc.
- Differentiation exists between heading levels.
- At least two lines of text should be included on a page before a paragraph is continued to the next page.
- Headings or subheadings must include at least two lines of text at the bottom of a page.
- Include the first page of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval in the appendix. Refer to it in the text.
- Do not include any signatures; otherwise, redact them.