Length - 8-20 pages, double-spaced
Font - Times New Roman 12 pt.
Format - 2 paper copies and 1 electronic copy
Software - Microsoft Word for PC (.doc file)
Images - Submitted as separate TIFF or JPEG files; at
least 300 dpi with dimensions of at least 4x6; including captions,
credit, and copyright information if applicable
Figures/Tables - Labeled clearly with captions and included
at the end of the document, with one figure or table per page
Style - Scientific American (direct questions to Managing
Sections - As described in the attached formatting instructions
Contact Info - MUST BE INCLUDED WITH ALL SUBMISSIONS
All submissions must also include a completed Mentor Approval Form.
Manuscripts that do not adhere to the general guidelines will be
returned to the author for revision.
- Title Page
Include the title of your project, your name, name of the university
where research was conducted, name of your home university (if
different), the name of your faculty mentor and your supervisor(s).
Include a one-paragraph (4–5 sentences) abstract that summarizes your project’s purpose, goal, and results. Do not include references in the abstract.
A clear statement of the problem and why it is important or interesting.
Also, include the central problem/question/hypothesis to be addressed
in the report.
A review of literature, illustrating prior research that set the
precedent for your investigation.
Describe your approach to the problem (you should not detail
experimental protocols); what are the advantages and powers
of the techniques you used or the design you proposed; what
are the disadvantages or controversies involved, if any? (This
would replace the "materials and methods" section
of a standard report.)
Explain your results and discuss their implications. You do
not need to separate the results and discussion sections. Use
your own discretion. Remember that your audience is most interested
in the conclusions that you draw.
What do the results of your work mean? Do they resolve the problem?
Provide statistical or theoretical analysis. Were there limitations
of the data or problems with the methodology? Are there questions
Briefly summarize and reiterate the major findings of your research.
What are the directions for future work (if applicable).
- Put a reference list at the end of the paper in numerical order.
- Include complete and accurate information. The minimum amount
of information required for book and journal sources varies.
- Minimum information for journals: author, abbreviated journal
title, year, publication, volume number, and initial page of cited
article, though complete pagination is possible),
- Minimum information for books: author or editor, book title,
publisher, city of publication and year of publication.
- Use only numerals in page numbering:
- Abbreviated journal names and volume numbers appear in italics.
(The ACS Style Guide (1997) provides a list of journal title abbreviations.)
- The year of the article should be in boldface.
- Most scientific journals are paginated continuously. That is,
page numbering continues from issue to issue. For instance, if
one issue ends on page 706, the next issue begins on page 707.
Occasionally a scientific publication may be paginated separately
with every issue starting on page 1. If the journal is paginated
continuously, include only the volume number. If the journal is
paginated separately, include the volume number followed by the
issue number in parentheses.
Journal with Continuous Pagination
Woodbridge, E.L.; Fletcher, T.R.; Laufer, A.H. J.
Phys. Chem. 1988 , 92 , 4938.
Journal with Individual Pagination
Freemantle, M. Chem. Eng. News 1998 , 76 (28), 15-16.
It is not necessary to include words like "Company," "Inc.,"
"Publisher," and "Press" in publishers' names.
- Book titles should be in italics.
- The ACS Style Guide (1997) provides a list of abbreviations
commonly used in book references (Vol., No.).
Books without an Editor
Calvert, J.G.; Pitts, J.N. Photochemistry ; Wiley: New York, 1966;
Books with an Editor
The Carbohydrates: Chemistry and Biochemistry ; Pigman, William
W., Ed.; Academic Press: New York, 1970; p 45.