Organizing Your Dissertation / Thesis
Body of Manuscript - Journal Paper Format
This manuscript format refers to the use of articles and/or book chapters to replace the standard dissertation/thesis chapters. Publication of the manuscript(s) is not a requirement of this format. The graduate student is the major contributor and writer of the manuscript(s). In the case of multiple authorship, the contribution of each author is detailed in the Introduction or footnotes.
- Include a ‘CHAPTER 1. GENERAL INTRODUCTION’, ‘CHAPTER X. GENERAL CONCLUSION’ and ‘REFERENCES’ if included in the general introduction and conclusion.
- Begin CHAPTER 1. GENERAL INTRODUCTION with page ‘1’. Numbers are the same font as the document’s text.
- Begin each manuscript as a separate chapter, which can include Abstract, Introduction, Tables, Figures, References, and Appendices.
- Level one heading is bold in ALL CAPS and centered. We recommend 12 point font for everything.
- 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 manuscript’s title as level one heading.
- Beneath paper's title, indicate the publishing status and the name(s) of the author(s).
- Include an explanation of your role and/or the co-authors' roles in the research/preparation of the paper.
- Continue the text of the paper on the same page as the title. Titles should not stand alone on a page.
- Use headings of the same level 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. This includes paragraphs that carry over to the next page.
- Headings or subheadings must include at least two lines of text at the bottom of a page.
- References must be an acceptable style in each chapter. The same format for all chapters is preferred, but if needed, one chapter could use numbered references and one chapter could use alphabetic references. They can NOT be combined within a chapter. Use numbers or last author alphabetized. No combination within a chapter.
- 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.