Chandler Unified School District
Guidelines for Submission to CUSD Science Journal
Submissions to the CUSD Science Journal should follow the IMRAD format briefly outlined below. The submission should be in Times New Roman 12 font. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition should be followed in respect to the handling of headings/subheadings, references, abbreviations, and symbols. Please embed figures and tables within the main text. Label and caption all figures and tables (captions are placed above tables and beneath figures), and provide source citation for each, just beneath them in the text. The submission should be in third person point of view except for the Discussion section, which may be in the plural first person point of view. Submit your project report and images here electronically. Submissions are due by April 30, 2020.
For more information on the IMRAD format, select this IMRAD link.
Abstracts may vary in length, but should typically spend 25% of space on Introduction, 25% of space on Methods, 35% of space on Results, and 15% of space on Discussion.
Introduction (Make a case for your research)
Provide your research question, explain its significance, review the background and/or known information on your topic (including gaps or problems in the field), and explain why our present research is timely and necessary.
Methods (What did you do?)
Describe your methods for gathering information, and explain your sources of information, both primary and secondary. This section is usually written in past tense and passive voice with plenty of headings and subheadings.
Results (What did you find?)
Describe what you found from your research and develop each point thoroughly, as this is the main section of your research paper. This is where the findings and outcomes of the research are placed.
Discussion (What does it mean?)
Explain the significance of your finds through commentary. Discuss how your findings support your thesis. Provide explanations (if needed), compare to other research (if needed), and evaluate whether the findings support or contradict your hypothesis. This is the section where you discuss limitations of your research, flaws in the current study, and suggestions for additional, future research. State implications of your findings for future policy or practice.
Cite your sources in APA format.
Uploading the Document and Images
You will follow the directions below to submit your project/report and any accompanying photographs or images.
1) Critical: Follow the naming format noted below before any documents or images are uploaded to Filepiper.
Image file size must be at a minimum of 1536 x 1024 pixels. Add a number to your image files, such as, image1, image2, image3, etc. In addition, you will need to identify the location for image to be placed in the actual text within the document. Example for inserting image location would be:
...text text text (insert image 1 here) text text...
a) lastname.firstnametext - ex. smith.janetext
b) lastname.firstnameimage# - ex. smith.janeimage1, smith.janeimage2
3) Drag files on to the "Drop files to upload" area, or click on that area to select files to upload.
4) Under "Leave a comment" type your name and the title of your project. Provide contact information (email address).
5) Click the Start Upload button.
6) If you edit any documents after you upload them, follow steps 2-5 again to upload your revised documents. Change the file names to add the version of the document to the end (revision 2, revision 3, etc.).
Direct any queries regarding submission to the STEM Visions CUSD Science Journal to Dr. Susan Rockwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rachna Nath at email@example.com.
STEMVisions graphic created by Chandler High School Graphics Department, 2019