Because your project is a publication, it:
The generally accepted manuals for preparation of dissertations and theses are linked in this LibGuide's Research tab. These manuals provide formatting guidelines and suggestions for footnotes, bibliographies, and other composition standards.
For an overview of our preferred institutional style please see the CST Guidelines for Formatting Dissertations document in the Links and Resources box below. Note that to comply with applicable laws and regulations, some disciplines or degrees may impose additional requirements and specifications for academic publications. Please consult with your dissertation adviser about the requirements specific to your discipline.
Title: Your title should reflect the subject or focus of your manuscript and will be the basis for keywords for internet and library searches as previously approved in your Advancement to Candidacy Form.
When degrees are conferred by two institutions: When the degree is awarded jointly by two institutions, both are listed on your title page. For example, the line might read “Claremont School of Theology and University of the West.”
The Committee Page replaces the page formerly used to collect and document the written approval of the members of the dissertation committee. In compliance with best practices intended to curb the potential for identity theft, signatures are not included in the published version of the manuscript. However, a declaration of the Committee’s approval and a listing of all dissertation committee members are required.
When there are multiple chairs: Multiple chairs may be listed in one of two ways. (1) The chairs may be listed on the same line as illustrated below. (2) If a single column listing is used, verify with your committee chairs whether the chairs should be listed alphabetically or if a primary chair should be listed first. In either case, the individuals would be listed as Co-Chairs.
Typed name, Co-Chair Typed name, Co-Chair
No page number is printed at the bottom of the Committee page.
The following requirements apply to the composition of your abstract:
No page number is printed at the bottom of the Abstract page.
The table below lists the accepted order of the pages or sections of your manuscript. It also indicates when a page number should be displayed and when both Roman and Arabic numbering begins in your document. Refer to the document “Dissertation Formatting Guide” for more information.
If possible, place Roman numeral page numbers at the bottom center of the page and Arabic numeral page numbers at the top right of the page. Check out the "Using and manipulating page numbers" link in the Links and Resources box on this page or the “Dissertation Formatting Guide” to learn how to format your page numbers in Word.
Note that some of the items listed in this table are optional. Consult with your committee chair for standards appropriate to your discipline.
Manuscript Order & Numbering Protocol
|Copyright Page (optional)||Yes||No||
|Committee Listing Page||Yes||No||N/A|
|Abstract (for Dissertations)||Yes||No||N/A|
First Page with Number
Small Roman numeral, start with page v*
|Preface (optional)||Yes||Yes||Small Roman numeral|
|Table of Contents||Yes||Yes||Small Roman numeral|
|Table of Figures or Plates (optional)||Yes||Yes||Small Roman numeral|
First Arabic Page Number
Arabic, start with page 1
|Chapter One||Yes||Yes||Arabic, start with page 1 if there is no Introduction|
*While the title page and other preliminary pages do not have numbers printed on them, these pages are, nevertheless, counted. The first page on which a number is actually printed must take into account the number of pages that preceded it. For example, the table suggests that the acknowledgments page be numbered v. This page number is based on there being a title page (i), a copyright page (ii), a committee listing page (iii), a one-page abstract (iv), and a dedication page (v). If you do not have all these pages or if your abstract is two pages long, your acknowledgments section may begin with a different page number.