It is crucial when writing a research paper to consider your formatting. Although many of our journals have the basic elements of style in common, each journal can have its own guidelines for formatting. This defines how an article will look when it is published online or in print. Find out below how to format a research paper for submission.
How to format an article?
Save time with a template
When writing your paper, you will probably need to format your journal article ready for submission. To make this easier, Word templates are available for many of our journals, ready for you to download and apply to your research paper format. You can find links to these on your chosen journal’s homepage on Taylor & Francis Online under ‘Instructions for authors’. Each version of the template has its own instructions file, which explains how to save and use it.
Using journal article Word templates
- Check to see which version of Word is installed on your computer
- Read the instructions for the relevant version of the template in the list below
- Download and save the template file to your computer
- Apply these styles to your paper as appropriate.
Taylor & Francis templates
Some of our journals accept manuscripts that use a LaTeX template. Please check the ‘Instructions for authors’ on your chosen journal’s homepage on Taylor & Francis Online, which will indicate if LaTeX is an accepted format. Some journals will provide a link to their specific template in the ‘Instructions for Authors’ section of the journal’s homepage on Taylor & Francis online. If no template is provided, please contact us for advice.
If publishing with F1000Research, manuscripts can be submitted as Word (DOC or DOCX) or rich text format (RTF) files, or as ZIP files if authored in LaTeX (the project ZIP file must include the PDF). LaTeX users can also submit via Overleaf, using an F1000Research journal article template or a software tool article template. If you have any questions about suitable file formats, please email us.
F1000R publishes a number of different articles types and offers some flexibility in terms of formats and structure. Specific requirements apply to some article types, however; find out more about article type-specific instructions for submission with F1000R.
An increasing number of Taylor & Francis journals allow format-free submission, which means that, as long as you use a consistent citation format and include everything necessary for review, you can submit work without needing to worry about formatting your manuscript to meet that journal’s requirements. The ‘Instructions for authors’ on your chosen journal’s homepage on Taylor & Francis Online will tell you whether it operates format-free submission.