Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Format and style


Reports should be prepared according to the all of the published journal instructions. Submitted reports not complying with the instructions of the chosen journal may not be accepted.

If not otherwise specified by the chosen journal, draft submissions of regular research reports are approximately 25 pages long. This includes the title page, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references, figure legends, and figures. The report should be in 12 point Times New Roman font and be double spaced throughout with each section beginning on a new page.

This would result in a published paper of between 8 and 12 pages length. As a general guide between two and three A4 draft pages formatted as above is equivalent to one published journal page.

Although project proposals may be taken into account in the final assessment, for example in borderline cases, the Final Project Report should be complete in itself.

The original proposal will not be read in conjunction with the final project report. If material from the proposal is included it must be integrated seamlessly into the appropriate area of the final report. No references to unpublished material will be accepted unless specifically authorised by the journal.

Emailed (and paper) copies are to be complete within themselves, although electronic copies may be comprised of several discrete files containing either text or images. Groups of files may be compressed (zipped). Submission of disks, cds, gels, slides, test tubes, petri dishes, tissue samples and the like are not appropriate.

In the past, many groups have failed to get adequate credit for the amount of work they have put in and the quality of their data because they have not allowed adequate time to write the final report. It is in your interests to complete a draft of your report far enough ahead in time for your supervisor to read and comment on it before submitting the Final Report.


General rules about citing the work of others. This site refers to the Vancouver style of citation that is commonly used in biomedical journals. If you want more choices (e.g. the American Psychology Association methods). Bear in mind that specific journals may have subtly different rules about the way references are formatted so in the preparation of your final report the formatting suggested by the journal supersedes the general rules indicated above.


The electronic bioliographic (referencing) software EndNote is available free to UWA staff and students. If you require it for your project information regarding its use and how to obtain it is available online.