Guidelines for Research Reports
Reports of research work which is ongoing, of
a small scale, or unlikely to lead to a full paper
Research reports are peer reviewed
- Maximum length
4,000 words. This includes all text, including
abstract, tables, figures, acknowledgements,
notes, references and appendices
- Page 0
The first page, which should be numbered 0, should contain
the following information, which should not be included in
- Indication that the submission is a research report
- Title of report
- Names and affiliations of all authors
- Name and address for correspondence
- Page 1
- The next page, numbered 1, should contain the following:
- Title of report
- Abstract of 150-250 words, including aims, main
points, and conclusions of report
- Keywords: up to 5 descriptive terms, separated by commas
- The report should contain the following:
- Introduction, making clear the context, scope and
intentions of the paper
- Conclusions, summing up the argument and conclusions
of the report and pointing if appropriate to
further ongoing or intended activity.
- Headings should make the structure of the report
clear, and should indicate the content of the sections
into which the report is divided.
First level headings should be numbered 1, 2, 3,
Second level headings should be numbered 1.1, 1.2,
Further levels of headings are not encouraged, and if
used, should not be numbered. Excessive levels of
sub-heading may be removed.
- Headings should be in bold type
- There should be two blank lines before and one blank
line after each heading, except when two headings are
consecutive, when there should be one blank line between
References should be cited in the body of the report as
"as Buggins (2001) indicates..."
"recent work (Buggins, 2001; Mothman & Ghost, 2002;
Vlad et al., 1999)..."
- Specific page numbers should be cited as
(Buggins, 2001: 27-28)
- Terms such as ibid., op. cit., loc. cit.,
may be used where appropriate
- References should be listed in alphabetical order of
first author at the end of the report under the heading
Use this pattern for journal articles:
Buggins, J. (2001) "The Problems of g-Literacy"
Journal of g-Literacy, 25:
Vlad, D., Frankenstein, V., Shelley, M. (1999)
"Recurrent Patterns in the Gothic Mindset"
Gothometrics, New series, 12:
Newspaper or magazine articles can be referred as
Zylovcic, K. (1998) "A Rare Haunting in Wick" Ross
& Cromarty Herald, 19 December 1998, 6-7
- Refer to books as follows:
Mothman, P. & Ghost, A. (2002) Uncommon
Worlds Bucharest: ABC Press
Mothman, P. & Ghost, A. (ed.) (2003) Writers on
Uncommon Worlds Bucharest. ABC Press
Refer to a chapter in a book as follows:
Vlad, D. (2003) "The Ghost in the Ghost in the Machine:
theories of metaphysical mechanics" in Mothman &
Ghost, 2003: 234-261 (provide separate reference for the
Give references to items located only on the internet as
Vlad, D. (2000) A Ghost-hunt in the
Online journals should be referred to as for printed
journals, omitting page numbers if appropriate, but
adding the URL for the specific item referenced.
Footnotes should not normally be used. Wherever possible
incorporate the note into the main text, in parentheses if
necessary. If unavoidable, use numbers in parentheses in
the text, and place the notes at the end of the text,
before the references, under the heading "Notes". The
editors reserve the right to include the text of such
notes in the main text.
Acknowledgements should be listed at the end of the text,
before any notes or references, under the heading
"Acknowledgements". If there are more than one separate
acknowledgement (e.g. to different funding bodies) these
should be listed and numbered.
Wherever possible, avoid appendices by offering either
citations to published work, or URLs linking to
Word counts include appendices. If appendices will
cause the word limit to be exceeded, discuss with the
Identify appendices with upper-case letters, A, B, C,
etc., and give each appendix a title which clearly
identifies the content, e.g.
Appendix D. Itinerary of the Auvergne Expedition, June
- Use Times New Roman for all content except tables
- Title of the report on page 1 should be in 16 point
bold text. Headings should be in 12 point bold, all
other text should be in 12 point normal
Text in tables and figures should be in Arial 10 point
- Captions to tables and figures should be in Arial 10
- Depart from this only when occasion demands,
e.g. reproduction of a text whose formatting is relevant
to the report.
All submissions should be single spaced.
Paragraphs should not be indented. Leave one blank line
between each paragraph.
Use italics to indicate emphasis. Do not underline text.
- Tables should be included in the text at appropriate
places and centred horizontally
- A caption of up to 8 words should be placed under
- Tables should be numbered sequentially and must be
referred to in the text as Table 1, Table 2, etc
Display tables as follows:
|21 June 1999
|22 June 1999
Figures should be included in the text at appropriate
places and centred horizontally
A caption of up to 8 words should be placed under each
Figures should be numbered sequentially and must be
referred to in the text as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc
Figures must have a maximum width of 500 pixels. Most
graphics programmes will show the width of an image in
pixels. The editors reserve the right to crop any image
wider than 500 pixels
As well as including them in the text, attach
separate copies of all figures as individual files in
GIF or JPEG format.
- Address for correspondence
The address for correspondence supplied in the email which
accompanied the submission will be taken as the address
for correspondence to be appended to the published item.
If a different address for correspondence is required for
the published item, this must be specified in the email