Formatting Guidelines

FSU's Formatting Guidelines & Requirements

for Electronic Theses, Treatises, & Dissertations (ETDs)

Students should review the following guidelines and requirements document thoroughly prior to formatting their manuscript. Please note, The Graduate School's formatting requirements take precedence over any other formatting styles.

Click to view or download the "Guidelines & Requirements."


Title and Committee Page Formatting

Manuscript Clearance also provides annotated examples of correctly formatting title and committee pages. Student's should select the document corresponding with their degree type.

Annotated Guides By Degree Type:

Formatting Checklist

This is not a comprehensive list of formatting requirements, but is meant to be a checklist to help avoid the most common mistakes prior to submitting a manuscript to the Manuscript Clearance Office. All rules in the most recent edition of the Guidelines and Requirements for Electronic Theses, Treatises and Dissertations still apply.

  • My entire document is standard U.S. letter page size (8.5 x 11 inches).
  • My page margins are set to 1 inch throughout the document, and no text, tables, figures, etc. extend into any of the margins.
  • I have used all double or all 1.5 line spacing in the Abstract, body, and Biographical Sketch (if in paragraph form).
  • There is no continuous vertical block of white space more than 1 inch except on landscape pages, the last page of a chapter or appendix, pages on which tables or figures fill at least two-thirds of the page, or where it was necessary to avoid a widow/orphan.
  • All page numbers are bottom center at 0.75 inches from the bottom edge of the page; numbers begin with ii on the Committee Page, and the first page of the body text after my Abstract is page 1.
  • All main section headings are formatted consistently: centered at the top edge of the 1-inch margin of a new page, all capital letters, and all in their use of boldface font. All chapter titles are formatted consistently: centered beneath the main section heading, all capital letters, all in their use of boldface font, and separated from the chapter heading by a single blank line.
  • The format of my subheadings is consistent with the style of my discipline, and is consistent throughout the entire manuscript with respect to alignment, capitalization, numbering, and use of bold and/or italics. (Each level of subheading should be formatted distinctly from all other levels.)
  • If subheadings are numbered, I have numbered all levels of subheadings consistently, and used only Arabic numerals beginning with the chapter and section numbers (e.g. 1.1), not Roman numerals or letters.
  • Chapter /Appendix titles and subheadings listed in the Table of Contents exactly match the titles and subheadings in the text: word-for-word, and the use of capitalization and punctuation.
  • Entries in the List of Tables and Figures (and other similar lists) exactly match the headings or captions in the text: word-for-word, and the use of capitalization and punctuation.
  • Entries in the List of Tables, Figures (and other similar lists), and References are single-spaced, with a single blank line between each entry.

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