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Report Style Guide


To pass the course you need to write a report that can be in Danish or English and must contain

Title page
The title page must contain project name, participants, dates and signatures, student numbers and supervisor name.

Abstract (max 250 words)
The abstract should state the purposes of the study, basic procedures, main findings (~one sentence per finding), and the principal conclusions.

Introduction
State the purpose of the study. Make a short description of the background.

Materials and methods
Identify the methods you use and describe the methods you have used to normal scientific standards i.e. in enough detail for others to repeat your work and check your results based on your description or provide references to where such descriptions can be found.

Results
Present your results in a logical sequence. Describe which calculations you did and what the outcome was. Use text, figures, and tables.

Tables and figures
Table and figure legends should allow the reader to understand them without having to read the text. Make sure that all axes on figures and all columns and rows in tables are labelled and that it is clear what the label means (explain it in the caption). Describe in the text what each figure shows (what can be concluded from the figure). All figures and tables must be referenced at least once in the text.

Discussion
Summarize what you can conclude. Do not repeat in detail data or other material given in the preceding sections. Compare your findings to similar studies found in the literature. Include in the Discussion section the implications of the findings and their limitations, including implications for future research.

References
Give references to all materials used (books, journal articles, Web sites, data, programs, etc.) in a consistent style and make the references either numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text and using numbers in square brackets to reference them in the text e.g.
We used the PSI-BLAST program [117] to search for homologues.

References
[1]
...
[117] Atschul SF, Madden TL, Schaffer AA, Zhang J, Zhang Z, Miller W, Lipman DJ. Gapped BLAST and PSI-BLAST: a new generation of protein database search programs. Nucleic Acids Res. 1997 25:3389-402.
Or sorted alphabetically and use author-year style to reference them in the text e.g.
We used the PSI-BLAST program (Atschul et al., 1997) to search for homologues. …

References
Atschul SF, Madden TL, Schaffer AA, Zhang J, Zhang Z, Miller W, Lipman DJ. Gapped BLAST and PSI-BLAST: a new generation of protein database search programs. Nucleic Acids Res. 1997 25:3389-402.


For further guidelines on scientific reporting see for example
http://www.icmje.org/   or   http://www.forsk.dk/uvvu/publ/vejled_vid_praksis/forord.htm (in Danish)