Style Sheet for Research Article
Please treat this style sheet as a checklist, and make sure you have followed every point before you submit your paper.
1. Page limit
The page limit is 25 pages, including references and any appendices.
2. Paper size
Left and right: 2.5cm (0.98 inch).
Top and bottom: 3.5cm (1.37 inches)
- Times New Roman: 12 point for text; 10 point for footnotes.
- 12-point bold, left-aligned, italic capitals.
- 6. Author name
- Leave one blank line under the title, and then put your name in 12-point capitals.
- Your paper should begin with an abstract.
- Leave two blank lines beneath the author name.
- Insert the heading, Abstract, (12-point bold, left-aligned).
- Leave one blank line beneath this heading.
- Start the abstract text. (See ‘Text’, below, for text style.)
- Do not indent the first line of the abstract.
- If your abstract has more than one paragraph, indent the 2nd (3rd, etc.) paragraph 1.25cm (0.49 inch), as described under ‘Text’, below.
THIS IS YOUR TITLE
The first line of the abstract…
- Text should be single-spaced.
- Text, footnotes, and references should be fully justified.
- Do not skip a line between paragraphs.
- The first line of each paragraph should be indented 1.25cm (0.5 inch). (This includes the first paragraph underneath all headings, except for the paragraph underneath the heading, Abstract, as described above.)
- All headings should be left-justified, 12-point bold, not underlined.
- Number your section headings, starting with ‘1’. (Even if your first section heading is Introduction, the number should be ‘1’.)
- Insert a dot after each section number or subsection number.
- Leave one blank line after section and sub-section headings. (But, if there is no text between a section heading and a sub-section heading, it is not necessary to leave a blank line after the section heading).
- Examples should be in the same font and font size as the text of the paper.
- The example number should not be indented.
- The body of the example should begin 1.25cm (0.49 inch) from the left margin.
- Where examples are lettered as well as numbered, the letter should be 0.75cm from the left margin.
- Leave one blank line before and after examples.
11. Tables and figures
- Tables and figures should be in their actual positions in the paper, not placed at the end or on separate pages.
- Number tables and figures separately, and give each table or figure an informative title. The style for titles is as described under ‘Headings’ above.
- Use footnotes, not endnotes.
- Footnotes should be single-spaced, and should not be indented.
- If your first footnote consists of acknowledgments, mark it with * (an asterisk).
- Any appendices should come after all material except the references. (The references should be the last item in the paper, not the appendices.)
- Leave one blank line between the last line of your article, and the heading, References.
- Leave one blank line between the heading, References, and the first reference.
- References should be single-spaced in Times New Roman, 12 point.
- Second and successive lines for each reference should be indented 1 cm.
- Do not leave any spaces between reference entries.
- Justify both margins.
- Be consistent with punctuation throughout your reference list.
- Only include references to articles cited in your paper
15. Correspondence details
- Below your references, leave one blank line and type your name, affiliation, postal address and e-mail address. This text must be left-aligned and in italics.
16. Page numbers and headers
- Do not number your pages. After printing, mark the page number lightly in pencil on the back of each page.
- Do not use headers.
17. Submitting your paper
- Please submit two single-sided copies of your paper. On one copy, delete the author name below the title and the correspondence details at the end of the paper. You can send the paper electronically as well.