Formatting your Research Document: Underestimating Looks and Impressions

You have written the research paper and you are ready to send it to others, but wait. Have you formatted it? Does it look presentable? If no then to know more about what makes your research paper presentable is just a click AWAY.

We all have heard that the way you depict your workleaves an impression of you and same goes with your research papers. You must have done a fabulous job while researching and jotting down all the pointers, etc but if the formatting is not even at an acceptable standard issued, chances are that your research paper will be rejected.

Here, we wish to highlight some of the universally accepted guidelines which you can at least incorporate and edit based on publication guidelines later.

On the first page of your research paper ensure that you present the title, along with your name, institutional affiliations, and contact information. This will increase your authenticity and anyone who has referred to your research has a scope of contacting you in future.

  1. Always include an abstract in your research paper. This is a preview of your entire research and helps the reader to get an idea about your research. There are some points you must keep in mind while writing an abstract.
    1. State your subject, the main findings and conclusion comprehensively,
    2. Avoid using citations in the abstract,
    3. Avoid using acronyms and abbreviations in the abstract,
    4. Include the keywords so that the researcher can locate your study.
  2. Your introduction is like the first impression of your research, ensure that the reader finds it comprehensive, concise and on point. It should be able to include relevant information like past developments of the topic, new developments and scope of the future developments. It should also communicate the reason and purpose of your research question and what research gaps you intend to fill with your research. You can propose possible solutions implemented and new ones, if you have any. Ensure that your research flows from broad to narrow.
  3. It is also advisable to include the below mentioned headings in your research paper in order to give clarity to the reader, but it is optional.
  4. Research Question: This directly establishes the list of answers the reader is more likely to find out after reading the research paper.
  5. Hypothesis: This indicates the possibilities of your research questions and out of all the possibilities which one can be concluded.
  6. Objectives: This defines the purpose of your research paper. The topics you want to cover, keywords you wish to find, the relations you wish to establish, etc.
  7. Include the body of your research by doing relevant chapterization. This will be more of sub topics to your research topics. Here you can do detailed analysis, include findings; include relevant case studies, suggestions, etc to make your research more comprehensive.
  8. Conclusion should be included in every research paper. In this section, try to highlight how the research fits in the field of study, and identify areas for future research. Defining the scope of future research will help the future researcher to conduct the research on the same lines. Try to keep it short and on point but also ensure that it conveys the stark difference you tried to point through your research.
  9. Ensure that you have used the abbreviations only after mentioning the full forms and the figures used are well labelled along with the sources. Follow the citation format strictly.

These are some of the formatting tips we highly recommend you to include because most of the publications follow the same. If there are any changes expected you don’t have to sit with your document all over again. Whereas, you can also include your personal practises which will make your research papers more presentable.