Perspective Magazine Style Guide Overview

The format for Perspective Magazine has been changed to include more short and informative articles that hi-lite faculty and their projects. This format will allow for heightened awareness of current campus discussions. While long articles can include every fact and detail, they are seldom read. Perspective Magazine is more visual than previous editions. We look to incorporate high quality photos into each article. The goal is to have a stylistic format similar to the Ensign with an academic focus.

Submitting Your Article:

There is no need to include headers or footers with your submitted pieces, as they will not be included in the magazine. Please double space your pieces and italicize anything you want emphasized. Use a normal body-copy font such as Calibri or Times New Roman.

Submitting Photos:

Authors are encouraged to submit photos with their articles. If you are submitting photos, include pictures of faculty in action; we don't need pictures of things you saw, but rather of things you did. Make sure your photos are high quality, jpg format, with a resolution of ______ if you want them to appear in the magazine with your article.


Use the first person point of view when discussing your research steps ("I studied ...") and when referring to yourself and your co-authors ("We examined the literature ..."). Use first person to discuss research steps rather than anthropomorphizing the work. For example, a study cannot "control" or "interpret"; you and your co-authors, however, can.

Tables and Figures:

Visual material such as tables and figures can be used quickly and efficiently to present a large amount of information to an audience, but visuals must be used to assist communication, not to use up space, or disguise marginally significant results behind a screen of complicated statistics. Ask yourself this question first: is the table or figure necessary? For example, it is better to present simple descriptive statistics in the text, not in a table.

Citations and Reference Lists:

When following this format, follow the author-date method of in-text citation. This means that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper. You do not, however, need to cite and reference your own work that you have previously published or submitted.

If you are referring to an idea from another work but NOT directly quoting the material, or making reference to an entire book, article or other work, you only have to make reference to the author and year of publication and not the page number in your in-text reference. All sources that are cited in the text must appear in the reference list at the end of the paper. Please limit your list to a maximum of eight references.

Following the guidelines found in the Citations section of the style guide will lead to a very simple and basic reference list at the end of your article. Your reference list won't be dramatically long and take away from your article. A proper reference would look something like this:

Will, George F. "Electronic Morphine." Newsweek 25 Nov. 2002.