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Research submission: Formatting and layout

Your journey through ethics and governance can be streamlined by mastering the formatting and layout of your cover letters and supporting documents.

A missing cover letter or a version number in a footer can create frustrating delays – without these vital components it is almost impossible to know which document is being referenced. This site is a guide to help you ace this fundamental part of your research preparation.

It is also important to ensure version numbers are on all documents as this provides a clear record of

  • How a document was created.
  • How a document was developed and changed over time (i.e. it provides clear version control of documents).

This version control  is particularly important for research protocols and participant information sheets and consent forms.

The information provided on this page is intended as a guide only. If you would like further information please contact TRESA. We can arrange individual multi-disciplinary support sessions and/or keep you informed about our education sessions throughout the year. 

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THHS does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information in this guide. The authors have developed this document based on the best of evidence available at the time of compiling the guide; however they cannot guarantee and assume no responsibility or legal liability for the currency and completeness of the information.

Last updated: 6 April 2017

TRESA contacts
Executive support officer:

Kelly Parker
Phone: (07) 4433 2459

TRESA manager:

Sue Jenkins-Marsh
Phone: (07) 4433 1358




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