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5. Extended example: the style guide

This section reproduces Dr. Steve Simpson's style guide using the nmtsrsab2012.sty style file.

% Preamble
% Packages used
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\date{April 13, 2012}
  SRS extended abstract author guidelines: Replace this text
  with your own descriptive title in sentence case
\correspondingAuthor{Author Name 1}{Department Name}{}
\author{Author Name 2}{Department Name}{}
\author[Other Institution]{Author Name 3}{Department Name}{}

The introduction to your extended abstract should clearly explain
the nature and motivation of your study.  State the purpose of
your study in simple sentences and in language that can be
understood by a scientifically-literate person from any
department or discipline.  Also be sure to state clearly the
importance of your study in a way that someone outside your
particular field can appreciate and understand.  For example,
while people in your field might understand the significance of
determining a tropical storm's vorticity, a person outside your
field might understand better if you explain that your research
helps understand how tropical storms develop.  If you need 
to use discipline-specific terminology, provide a definition or
explanation.  Define abbreviations and acronyms the first time
that they are used.

End your introduction with a very clear \emph{forecasting
statement} describing specifically what you will discuss in this
abstract.  Begin the forecasting statement with a very clear
signal phrase, such as ``This presentation describes,'' or ''The
report examines,'' ``In the following sections,'' etc.


\subsection{Writing the methods section}

In your methods section, explain your procedures clearly and
concisely.  Be thorough, but not excessive when describing your
methods.  You might need to customize the level-1 and level-2
headings to account for material in your report.  For example,
you might add a ``Materials'' section or a description of the
``Field Site.''

\subsection{Formatting your extended abstract}

Your extended abstract should be double-spaced and use 12-point
font (Times New Roman).  In addition, your abstract should meet
the following minimum requirements:

  \item The abstract should be 5--6 pages long (approximately
    1400--1700 words).

  \item All references to secondary materials should be cited
    using a recommended citation format in your field (e.g., APA,
    IEEE, MLA, etc.). \citet*{schmo} says to please make sure that
    all source material is properly quoted or paraphrased.  For
    more information on quoting, paraphrasing, and citing, please
    visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

  \item Please include your registration number in the top,
    left-hand corner of each page.  Please number your pages.


Aside from these requirements, you may vary the format of your
report to account for the needs of your project and your field's


You will most likely use an array of tables and figures in your
``Results'' section.  Be careful of ``plunking'' complex tables
and figures into your report without any explanation.  Every
table and figure should be numbered (tables are numbered on the
top, and figures are numbered on the bottom) and should be
referenced in the text.  For example, Figure \ref{plunk-fig} is a
cheesy bar graph showing the average number of times New Mexico
Tech students reported ``plunking'' figures into their results
sections.  What is significant in this figure is that students
tend to report fewer ``plunks'' as they progress through their
schooling, though they often end up right back where they started
in graduate school.  Also significant is that the figure was
mentioned above, and the figure's ``take away point'' was
explained in the text.

  The mean number of times New Mexico Tech students report
  ``plunking'' figures into their results section according
  to students' years in school.

While you may use any number of programs to create tables,
figures, and graphics, make sure that they are clear (both in
quality and image quality), that axes are properly labeled, and
that they include descriptive titles or captions.


In the conclusion section, avoid simply repeating your results.
Instead, focus on the implications of your results.  What do they
mean?  How are they significant for the field?  How did they
confirm or challenge your original questions?  What do these
results mean for future research in your field?  And so on.