Report layout

There is a number of layout and structural rules that the report must follow. The purpose is to have a uniform layoyt for all degree project reports at the department. The templates (in Word, LaTeX or Google Docs) follow these rules, and it is strongly recommended that you use them.

Paper format and margins

The report shall be in A4 format with one column. The side margins shall be 3.0 cm, the top margin 2.0 cm and the bottom margin 2.5 cm.
All text shall be justified, i.e. aligned to both the left and the right side of the page. Example:

A common type of text alignment in print media is “justification”, where the spaces between words are stretched or compressed to align both the left and right ends of each line of text.

Page header, footer and numbering

The page header shall always be empty. The page footer shall be empty or have the page number centered.

The introductory pages up until chapter 1 are numbered i, ii, iii, etc. From chapter 1 Arabic numerals are used (1, 2, 3, etc.).

Chapters shall be numbered using Arabic numerals with a dot separating subchapter numbers (1.1, 2.3, 1.1.2, etc.). Unless you have a very good reason for doing so, avoid having more than three levels (e.g. 1.1.4). Appendices shall be numbered A for main header, and A.1, A.2, etc. for subheaders. Example:

1. Method

In this chapter the method used in the project is described.

1.1 Experiment

A series of experiments will be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.


The font Times New Roman with font size 12 shall be used. You are allowed to use other fonts for special sections such as mathematical formulas or blocks of source code, where Times New Roman is not the best choice.

If you want to hightlight a single or a few words, use bold or italic text. Do not use quotation marks (” “) since they are reserved for citations.

Headlines, chapters and paragraphs

The first line for each paragraph (except for the first paragraph in a chapter) shall have a 0.5 cm indendation. Empty lines shall not be used between paragraphs.

Headlines shall use the same font as the rest of the text, Times New Roman. Main chapters shall use font size 14 in bold, and subchapter headlines font size 12 in bold. The title of the report shall use font size 18 in bold.

Each main chapter (1. Introduction, 3. Method, etc.) shall start on a new page.


This is the first paragraph in a chapter. It shall not have any indentation.
This is the second paragraph. It has indentation on the first line. There shall not be any empty lines between paragraphs.

Figures and tables

All figures and tables shall be numbered using the format main chapter [dot] running number. The first table in chapter one shall therefore be numbered as Table 1.1 (regardless of if it is placed in a subchapter). The second figure in chapter four shall be numbered as Figure 4.2.

Each figure or table must also have a short explanatory text. If figures from other sources are included, they must have a reference to the original source in the explanatory text.

In general, all images and graphs shall be labeled as Figure and all tables as Table. You can also use the label Code for blocks of source code.

All figures and tables shall be centered.


Coffe Espresso Cappuchino
John 5 4 2
Jessica 1 3 5
Jacob 3 5 4

Table 1.1: Participant’s ratings on coffee drinks

Figure 2.3: The project cycle for degree projects

public boolean linearSearch(int[] numbers, int s) {
for (int n : numbers) {
if (s == n) {
return true;
return false;

Code 3.1: Linear search for a number s in an array of integers


Mathematical formulas shall be centered and have a numbering within parentheses aligned to the right. Below is an example of an Equation 1:



The IEEE referencing system shall be used. You can read about it here.

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