What To Know About The Format Of A Research Paper Title Page

Creating an interesting grasp on the reader, right from the get go.

As clichéd as it may seem, the book is almost always judged by its cover. Keeping this in mind any author working on their research paper should pay the warranted degree of consideration to the title page.

What you can achieve through the title page?

Well, for starters, it is all about first impressions. And your title page could either attract or alienate your readers. Naturally, no author would want to purposefully alienate potential readers, would they?

The title page can serve as critical tool in the presentation of the research paper as it can set the tone under which the readers would peruse the remainder of the document(s).

A model title page…

While there may be seemingly exponential possibilities with which a title page could be designed, it is highly advisable to follow a standardized format which is known to be good. The APA approved style is one such example, that being said, different publications or universities may deme necessary different styles of formats.

Regardless of the subtle differences that depend upon the particular publication in which the research paper would appear, there are a few essential aspect that are present in all such title pages.

The following are some of the essential elements for a title page:

The Title

This is, naturally, the most important element of the page. It is usually expected to be placed somewhere in the middle part of the page, aligned centrally, and should be written according to the font specifications précised by the publication.

This would contain the full title of the paper, and could contain a sub heading.

The Individual Details

These would typically appear on the bottom part of the page, and could contain all or some of the following elements:

  • Your full name
  • The name of your institution
  • The name of your department
  • The date of submission
  • The name of your supervisor
  • The name of the person to whom the paper is being submitted

This is the most variable part of the title page, and would vary depending upon the nature of the publications.

The Running Head

This is an encapsulated and condensed version of the main full title. This should typically not exceed 40-50 characters. It appears on the top of each page, left justified.

The Page Number

This appears separate from the running head with adequate (5-7 spaces) distance in between the both. This is typically right justified, and will appear on all the pages of the paper.