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Advice for Student Authors: How to Organize Your Research Article

The following contains general information about article organization. Questions about equation placement, chart or graph usage, figure placement, and bibliographic style are answered. Information about how a paper is reviewed is discussed, and steps for submitting a research paper are outlined.

Organization: You may organize your research article as you and your research mentor agree is best, but some form of introduction is encouraged. Readers who are not familiar with your topic will need some background. Make sure you provide introductory or general references for your research topic. The research articles in academic journals can be used to discover a spectrum of ways in which topics can be organized.

Equations, Figures, and Graphs: Equations, figures, and graphs can appear within a single column or can be placed across the entire page. Equations are not normally numbered unless they are referenced later in the article. Make sure that the labels on your figures and graphs will be large enough to be read when reduced during publication.

Style Guides and Citing Sources:  Authors are expected to format their papers according to their discipline’s primary citation style in a consistent and thorough manner. The accuracy and formatting of citations are the responsibility of the author(s). The managing editor can provide assistance with most major citation styles, but only standard disciplinary styles should be used. A list of styles by discipline can be found here.

Submitting a Paper:  Your research is completed and your research mentor has approved your draft. What do you need to do to get your work reviewed for publication in Investigations?

  • Prepare an anonymous double-spaced, single-column draft that includes only the title, abstract, and article, preferably in Word or Open Office (.doc, .docx, and .rtf formats are acceptable).
    • Place figures and graphs in your draft in the locations where they should go.
    • The article file should not contain any information that identifies you, your coauthors, or your mentors.
    • Please ensure that we separately have the following information with your submission:
      • Your name, college, and email address;
      • Your research mentor’s name, college, office address, and e-mail address;
      • A current and a permanent mailing address for author (college or home).
      • Your research mentor should send an email giving permission for your work to be published in Investigations, if accepted, to email.