The cover sheet – your business card for any scientific work

There is no second chance for the first impression, right?

The phenomenon, which is actually based on psychological foundations, is today deeply rooted in many areas of human activity. The study is also part of it. Every scientific work has a title page that actually takes on the role of the first impression. How carefully you edit your cover page actually depends on your overall rating. One could dispute this thesis, because it is precisely the content that has the greatest value. Nevertheless, the cover sheet also plays a role.

The first thing the professor sees is the title page. It shows how responsibly the student handles the work. The examiner does not get factual information, but even the look of the first page makes the first impression. The correctness, cleanliness and met requirements already contribute to the evaluation. What should you pay attention to first and foremost?


Above all, the cover sheet must contain the key data on the work and the author. This is actually the main function of the first page. The details of the university, the faculty, the course and subject are also to mention. Then comes the topic of the work itself. The extent to which the personal details of the author must be stated differs depending on the. For some universities, the name and first name are sufficient. Others ask you to add an e-mail, address or phone number. In addition, you must also specify the name of the examiner and, if necessary, the deadline. These are the focal points of a cover sheet. But please note that the requirements may vary depending on the universities. Therefore, you first have to get acquainted with them. In some cases you can even download a template and put in your own information.


Of no less importance is actually HOW the cover sheet looks. Many students want to make their front page as meaningful as possible, and that’s why they use bright colors and different fonts, which is not appropriate at all. Follow the rules of designing a cover sheet. For example, if your work is written in Times New Roman, you should not use Impact, let alone the pink, purple or orange color. Also be careful with the bold font, underlining and italics. In this section, we purposely illustrated the exaggerated creativity, not bad, right? Believe, that’s not a good idea for the cover page of a scientific paper. And every professor would agree.


A stumbling block could hide in saving the files. If you have a 2016 Word version and then edit your work on a friend’s computer in 2013 version, you might encounter a problem. Different versions can change not only the cover page but also the whole work. The borders, the page number or the font size may need to be reformatted. The same applies to other programs if you worked in such. In addition, check the fonts you have used. A new or old version can not play the corresponding fonts. So you pay particular attention to how you save your file and from which carrier you print it.

I wish you success!