Specifications of Printing Dissertations

Aims of Rules of Printing and Issuance of Scientific Dissertations:

• To ensure easy reading and viewing by researchers.
• To ensure following scientific rules in methodology of organizing graphs, figures, references, introductions and conclusions.
• Capability of copying dissertations and electronically keeping them in a way that does not affect their content and to reissue them.
• To ensure quality of printing and covering.
• To decrease storage spaces and cost of printing and covering.
• To create a stereotype of scientific dissertations at Tanta University and to facilitate exchanging them with other universities.

General Rules of Printing and Issuance

• A dissertation is printed on regular book pages with a length of 20 cm. for writing on the page and width of 14 cm. The margin is white in the side of the cover before covering 3.5 cm. (on the right for Arabic and on the left for English) on white paper of 80 gm with laser for the paper copy. In addition, the dissertation is presented on a CD as for the electronic copy.
• Texts of dissertations are printed with font 12. Subtitles are font 13 (black). Titles of sections and chapters are font 15 (black).
• Times New Roman is the font used for dissertations in English and Arabic Transparent is the one used for dissertations in Arabic on both sides of paper (front and back).
• Title of chapter is written on one page.
• A dissertation is arranged as follows:
o Title and introduction.
o Research problem and previous studies
o Sections and chapters
o References
o Appendices

• A dissertation is covered with hard cover that is black as for master’s dissertations and brown as for PhD dissertations. The following is typed on the cover is in golden color:
o Names of university, faculty and scientific department on the right on the top with font 14.
o The degree for which the dissertation is submitted.
o Name of researcher and names of supervisors.
o On book spine, name of faculty, researcher, title of dissertation and year of submitting it are typed.

• A dissertation is issued in its final shape in the following arrangement:
o The first page includes name of university, faculty, scientific department, title of dissertation, researcher’s name, the scientific degree he prepared the dissertation for, supervisor’s name or supervisors’ names and year of submitting the dissertation.
o The second page includes abstract.
o The third page includes introduction, dedication and thanks.
o The fourth page includes list of research contents.
o List of figures
o List of tables
o The dissertation is divided into chapters or sections according to the scientific approach. The first of them is allocated for nature of problem, aim of research, previous studies and methodology used in the study. The last one is allocated for conclusions and recommendations. Numbering begins from chapter one.
o Numbering and labeling figures are one cm under them. Number of figure consists of number of chapter, number of figure in the chapter and a hyphen between them. For example, figure number 2-6 means that it is the sixth figure in the second chapter. On the other hand, tables are labeled and numbered 1 cm over them. The same approach of numbering and labeling applies to them.
o Pages are numbered in the middle of top of page.
o Subtitles are numbered with a maximum of three levels only. This means that subtitle 1 is used, next 1\1 then 1\1\1 only. For any internal subtitles, numbering with alphabet is used. Parentheses are not used in the first level of numbering.
o In case of graphs, figures, maps and pictures that take large page sizes, they must be placed in an appendix where these pages are folded to cope with size of the dissertation.

In its session held from July 25 till July 31, 2006, University Council considered the matter and decided to approve decision of Postgraduate Studies Council issued on July 18, 2006 regarding rules and specifications of master and PhD dissertations at faculties of the University that were mentioned in the presented memorandum.

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