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New Version of “This Is Where The Title Goes”

I’ve done a revision of my essay-that-is-a-template on formatting student papers. I’d like to say it is “by popular demand” but that would not really be true.

The truth is that both undergraduate and graduate students get few consistent cues about the style and format they need to a) comply with and b) get to play with.

Some instructors expect to see a manuscript that is formatted and ready to submit to their favorite flagship journal–but don’t tell the students what that journal is. Others give a short template or a few guidelines, but students will always come up with other questions or miss other things.

In any given class there are people who imagine a paper is what an article looks like in a journal (everyone has a different journal in mind as role models).  There are dozens of citation formats.

This is my attempt to draft a template that can anticipate EVERY possible thing a student could do that might seem creative or just needs to be corrected. It is based on several years of teaching at multiple universities.

My goal in doing this was a viable melange of journal-ready manuscript style guides that should be credible across the social sciences and humanities.  Known disciplinary variations are identified in the paper.  But it is a safe bet that if you write to these guidelines a) most professors will recognize the features and be content enough to just focus on the ideas and b) if you do want to publish your piece as a working paper, academic article, or self-published format it will take only a few steps to get it into shape for the outlet you want.

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