Please note that the APA Publication Manual is primarily intended for submitting papers for journal publication. It lacks guidelines specific to dissertations and doctoral projects. To fill this gap, this research guide provides general formatting guidelines for you to follow. The attached template can further assist you with formatting your doctoral project. Double-check with your department for specific DNP project formatting requirements.
Exception: allow more than 1" at the bottom of a page to avoid “widow” and “orphan” lines
Exceptions: special characters, math signs, symbols, and words in foreign languages
Exception: use 10-point font for texts in figures/tables, footnotes, footnote numbers, and captions for figures
Exceptions: text in figures/tables and captions for figures and tables must be single-spaced
Exceptions: titles and headings; the abstract; block quotations; table titles and notes; figure captions
Front matter: lower case Roman numerals (i, ii, iii)
Note: The title page is unnumbered but presumed to be “i,”
so the page following it is “ii.”
Main text and back matter: numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3)
Page number placement
Note: The running head should be placed within the 1” margin, not below it, on the same line as the page number,
approximately 1⁄2 - 3⁄4” from the top edge of the paper.
Copyright page (optional)
©2018 Victoria Martin
All Rights Reserved
Table of contents
Exception: do not list the copyright page in the table of contents
Tables and figures
Biographical sketch (optional)
Curriculum vitae (optional)
Centered in Bold with the First Letter of Important Words Capitalized
Flush left in Bold with the First Letter of Important Words Capitalized
Indented in bold with only the first letter of the first word capitalized, ending with a period. Begin text after the period.
Indented in bold and italicized with only the the first letter of the first word capitalized, ending with a period. Begin text after the period.
Indented, not in bold, italicized with only the the first letter of the first word capitalized, ending with a period. Begin text after the period.
(Adapted from Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab))
Please note that APA does not recommend the use of footnotes and endnotes because they require special formatting and are often expensive for publishers to reproduce.
APA requires a formal permission from the copyright holder when you quote more than 500 words from a source.
The copyright permission note must be included at the bottom of the page where the quote appears.