Aims and Purpose:
1.To provide a standardized format and template that will be used in all research articles.
2. To provide a guide to all members in writing research articles that are publishable.
3. To provide an atmosphere of professionalism.
4. To provide a clear flow of articles that reflect the organizational and research goals of NET.
Title: Short and concise as possible. Must clearly indicate the subject matter and content of the article.
Abstract: Short summary of the article itself (max. 250 words), covering the main points and conclusions of the article itself.
The article itself should comprise of an introduction, body and conclusion. The article itself should be at least 1,200 words and possess correct grammar and spelling. All non-original ideas and research must be appropriately referenced.
Introduction: This should address the research question, including the major arguments in the article, the structure of the article and the aims of the article.
Body: This should address each issues introduced. Each argument should be introduced and explore the major areas of research thoroughly. Arguments should be compared to each other in light of the aforementioned research. Appropriate referencing is expected, alongside a consistent reference style throughout the article (See the "Links" section for referencing styles).
Conclusion: This should be a short recap of the major points presented and the results of their comparisons. No new points or research should be introduced in the conclusion.
Article content should reflect:
1. A critical treatment of research and original ideas presented
2. Information and research that is relevant to NET, including NET projects and goals.
3. A practical outcome of the information presented (e.g. regarding controversial areas).
4. A thorough treatment of available research.
5. A response to a clear and concise research question or question of relevance (e.g. Is the use and depletion of oil resources a threat to future sustainability? How?)
6. A professional approach aimed at a educated and academic population of readers.
Above is a brief summary of what NET expects from those contributing articles to the web site. The aforementioned summary is intended to provide a standardized, simple and conventional formal for article writing. Below are some links to further resources on article writing, referencing styles, example articles, and links to some unconventional article writing styles that possess minor modifications to the aforementioned summary.
Psychology Writing Center, University of Washington - This site provides PDF documents elaborating on research article writing, with some additional links on writing using the APA referencing style.
Writing an article and getting it published - This site provides a brief description of how to write an article that is publishable in scholarly journals.
American Psychological Association citation guide - Provides an explanation of referencing and using citations according to APA style.
Using MLA Style to cite and document sources - Provides an explanation of referencing and using citations according to MLA style.
Chicago citation style - Provides an explanation of referencing and using citations according to Chicago style.
Using CBE Style - Provides an explanation of the CBE (Council of Biology Editors) referencing style.
Harvard Referencing - Provides an explanation of the Harvard referencing style, available in a PDF download.
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