Abstract Guidelines

Extended Version

  • Use nothing smaller than a 10 point font.
  • Confine abstract to one side of one 8.5 x 11 page.
  • No less than a one inch margin on all sides.
  • Do not include your name, school, or the location where research was conducted.
  • Equations or diagrams must be included in the one-page format.

AJAS Format

  • Abstracts, including the title lines, must be no larger than a 5 inch square.
  • Use only a letter-quality printer with a fresh ribbon on plain white paper (dot matrix print does not reproduce well).
  • Use 12 point letter quality typing.
  • Indent, space, punctuate, underline, and capitalize as in the example below.
  • Do not double-space the body of the text.
  • Use reproducible black ink for all hand lettering.
  • Do not draw lines around the abstract or paste it onto another piece of paper.

The title is followed by a period. The presenter's name is first, followed by any collaborators. This includes the teacher and any professional scientist in whose lab or under whose direction the student may have done any part of the project. The institution name and address is in parentheses. Species names should be italicized or underlined.

Example (AJAS format)

Indent Title Five Spaces and Type in Upper and Lower Case Letters and Underline. AUTHOR'S NAME IN UPPER CASE (Institution Name in Upper and Lower Case, City), SECOND AUTHOR (Institution, City).

Skip one line and type abstract. The full width of the column of typed material should be 5 inches (12.7 cm) and must not extend beyond that. The total length of the material, from the top of title to bottom of footnotes, must not exceed 5 inches (12.7 cm). Abstracts that exceed these parameters will be returned. All special symbols and signs that must be hand lettered should be rendered in reproducible black ink as clearly and carefully as possible. The entire submission should be of camera-ready quality so that it can be photographed and printed. The printed abstract will be about 2/3 the size of the typed version. Avoid paragraphing as this wastes space. However, you may use your allotted space to neatly letter equations and diagrams as you deem necessary.