Publishing your Research Article: Science and Engineering : Format your Manuscript
Format your Manuscript
Publishers and funders often require that your manuscript follow formatting guidelines.This page provides the following resources to make the formatting process more efficient and comply with requirements:
- Authoring tools
- Citation management tools
- Acknowledgements resources
Many journals will provide templates for formatting your article. Be sure to check if there is a template to follow, and use the template. There are a variety of tools available to help you with formatting text, data, and code. Here are some commonly used authoring tools:
Citation Managers such as EndNote, EndNote Basic, Mendeley, or Zotero are software tools for managing your citations. Citation Managers will help you:
- Create and organize a personal research database
- Download citations from online databases
- Format bibliographies and citations in papers
- Share your citations with others
It is customary and often required to include an acknowledgement section (or equivalent) in a research article. Many journals will provide guidelines for the acknowledgement section.
This source provides a good overview of what goes into an acknowledgement, along with examples.
Funders will often have requirements for funding acknowledgements. For example, here are requirements from a few common funders of scientific research: