Suggestions for presenting written work

First impressions are important in all aspects of life and written work is no exception. Below you will find suggestions for presenting written work, especially if you are a tertiary or university student.

Read the instructions or rules of presentation and follow them to the letter. Each chair, each congress, each journal, have their own rules for the presentation of papers and their publication.

It includes the cover of style corresponding to the matter, not excessively showy covers are recommended since it is an academic work.

Use a common font (font) that is neither flashy nor informal; the size must be legible without being too large (e.g., Times New Roman 12). Underlining, bold, capital and handwriting should be used correctly and not in a capricious way.

The text must be justified (that is, the beginning and end of each line appear aligned against the margins). Some rules of presentation of written work suggest alignment to the left … you should consult the teacher who has asked you for the job.

Line spacing can be simple or 1.5 (depending on the number of pages that can be written). 1.5 line spacing makes it easy to read and allows you to annotate comments during the correction.

Paragraphs are separated by indentation or with a blank space. The text should not be seen as a mass of words that occupy the whole page and do not give the reader respite.

The size of the margins should be harmonic, for example 3cm for the left and 2.5 for the others. Always consult your teacher, to know if there is any specific recommendation.

The titles do not have a final point, nor two points, and they must be highlighted in a simple way: bold, underlined or continuous capitalization but not all of them at the same time. The style must be the same for all titles and must indicate the distinction between title and subtitle through the size of the letter or a number system such as 1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.

The number of pages must be included, except in the cover page. It is advisable to use header and footer with the work and student data, respectively.

It is convenient to deliver practical work written on a computer, in A4 format white sheets (21 x 29.7 cm), written on one side of the paper and fastened on the left margin, ringed or in a folder. It is important that the left margin is large enough so that there is no part of the text in the fastened. When the work will be corrected by the teacher, it is not advisable to put the sheets in sheets because you lose time putting and removing the sheets to correct them.

Do not forget the bibliography consulted, whatever the work presented.

It is recommended to add a last blank sheet so that the teacher can record the evaluation, observations and indications.