The final dissertation manuscript must have a ready-for-publication appearance and standard features. The Office of the University Registrar does not endorse or verify the accuracy of any dissertation formatting templates that may be available to students. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that the formatting meets the requirements outlined in this booklet. Introductory material, text, and appendices must all be clearly and consistently prepared and must meet all of the specifications outlined below. Once the dissertation is submitted online and approved by the Final Reader, no further changes are allowed.
The digital file of the dissertation submitted to Stanford Libraries must meet certain technical requirements to ensure that it can be easily accessed by readers now and into the future. Please follow the specifications outlined below and refer to the Guidelines for Making PDF Files document available from the Registrar’s web site: .
There is a Dissertation Handbook and an MS Word Template that explain all of the dissertation formatting guidelines. Use the template as a guide while writing the dissertation as it provides various examples of headings, tables, and other elements in the required APA 6th style and it also provides a structure that has the tricky preliminary page numbering built in. Both the Dissertation Handbook and Template are available at the Ph.D. and the Psy.D. program websites on Google Sites at:
Dissertation Formatting and Submission
The purpose of conclusion in dissertation formatting is to summarize what has already been said in the rest of the paper. If it is possible to draw clear conclusions from what was discussed in earlier parts, this should be stated clearly in the conclusion. An assessment of how suitable the conclusion is may also be included with an indication of further analysis or research on how to overcome this issue.