NEW Journal Style Thesis


NEW Journal Style Thesis with 2 Templates

IMRAD Headings Template and Customizable Headings Template

Is the Journal Style Thesis appropriate for you?

YES, if you:

  • Are interested in submitting your work to professional journals in your field as an undergraduate
  • Are interested in learning more about how to write a manuscript for a research journal in preparation for graduate school
  • Are conducting an extensive literature or performance review, analysis, comparative and/or ethnographic study
  • Are using previously collected data or published materials
  • Are conducting archival work, field work, excavation and/or surveying
  • Are collecting and analyzing new data and/or original designs
  • Want to write several short manuscripts and prepare them for submission to a professional journal (this is typical for STEM and social sciences projects)
  • Want to write one medium-length manuscript and prepare it for submission to a professional journal (this is typical for arts/humanities and social sciences projects)

You may also choose to use the Journal Style Thesis if you are:

  • Limited by COVID-19-related restrictions and/or disruptions
  • Unable to do in-person research
  • Lacking funding for your research project
  • Limited by travel restrictions
  • Limited by timeframe to conduct a full-scale research project
  • Conducting an interdisciplinary project where you lack a team member with a particular skill or a lab environment with access to particular equipment

Unsure about which Thesis Style to choose—Traditional or Journal?

Consult with your faculty advisor to determine if the Traditional Style Thesis or Journal Style Thesis is best for you. The Traditional Style Thesis includes 5 templates; the Journal Style Thesis includes 2 templates.

Thesis Styles at a Glance
Traditional Style (5 Templates) or Journal Style (2 Templates)

Traditional Style Thesis Journal Style Thesis
(5 available templates:
STEM, Liberal Arts/ Humanities,
Creative Works, Dental Hygiene, or LaTeX)
(2 available templates:
IMRAD or Customizable)
Preliminary Pages (must be in the order seen below)
All-inclusive Title Page (required) All-inclusive Title Page (required)
All-inclusive Research Compliance Certification (required) All-inclusive Research Compliance Certification (required)
All-inclusive Table of Contents (required) All-inclusive Table of Contents (required)
All-inclusive Abstract (required) All-inclusive Abstract (required)
All-inclusive Dedication (optional) All-inclusive Dedication (optional)
All-inclusive Acknowledgements (required) All-inclusive Acknowledgements (required)
All-inclusive Nomenclature (optional) All-inclusive Nomenclature (optional)
Thesis Content (must be in the order seen below)
All-inclusive Introduction All-inclusive Introduction with References subheading
Multiple Body Chapters/Sections Minimum 1 Manuscript (can be multiple)
with individual References subheadings per Manuscript
All-inclusive Conclusion All-inclusive Conclusion
All-inclusive References Chapter/Section -
Optional Supplemental Content
All-inclusive Appendix(ces) (optional) All-inclusive Appendix(ces) (optional)

See examples of the 2 NEW URS Journal Style thesis templates on the URS Resources page.


Coming Soon - 2 NEW Interactive Lessons

LAUNCH: UGR is working with the University Writing Center to release 2 NEW interactive lessons on writing journal articles. These lessons are designed especially for students in the URS thesis program.