METRANS Publications Style Guide

FINAL REPORT

Final research reports shall give a complete description of the problem, approach, methodology, findings, conclusions, recommendations, etc., developed in the project and shall completely document all data gathered, analyses performed, and results achieved.

Please follow this style guide when submitting project reports to METRANS.  Caltrans funded projects should also follow the Caltrans Final Report Instructions and Outline.  Each Caltrans project needs to have a Technical Report Cover Page

Required Copies

>>Draft (subject to peer review)

>>Final (after responding to peer review comments)

Section Organization

  • Cover page (sample)
  • Disclaimer
  • Abstract (not to exceed 200 words)
  • Table of contents
  • List of figures and tables
  • Disclosure
  • Acknowledgements (if applicable)
  • Introduction
  • Body of paper
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Implementation
  • Appendices (if applicable)
  • References

Preferred Page Numbering (not mandatory)

  • Use lower-case Roman numerals for material preceding introduction (do not number title page)
  • Use Arabic numerals for remainder of paper, beginning with page 1.
  • All first and second-level headings shall appear in table of contents

Preferred Margins (not mandatory)

  • 1" top and bottom
  • 1.25" left and right
  • page numbers centered in page footer

Mandatory Disclaimer

The following words must appear in a section titled Disclaimer

>>For USC:

  • The contents of this report reflect the views of the authors, who are responsible for the accuracy of the data and information presented herein. This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program, the California Department of Transportation and the METRANS Transportation Center in the interest of information exchange. The U.S. Government, the California Department of Transportation, and the University of Southern California assume no liability for the contents or use thereof. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the State of California, USC, or the Department of Transportation. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.

>>For CSULB:

  • The contents of this report reflect the views of the authors, who are responsible for the accuracy of the data and information presented herein. This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program, the California Department of Transportation and the METRANS Transportation Center in the interest of information exchange. The U.S. Government, the California Department of Transportation, and California State University, Long Beach assume no liability for the contents or use thereof. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the State of California, CSULB, or the Department of Transportation. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.

Mandatory Disclosure Section

A disclosure statement must be included in all final reports.  The statement must identify the number and dollar amounts of all contracts or subcontracts in excess of $5,000 relating to the preparation of the report.  For each relevant contract or subcontract, provide the following information:

  • Sources of funding (ex. Caltrans, DOT)
  • Names of principal investigator and co-principal investigators
  • Dollar amount
  • Title of project

Acknowledgement Section - in paragraph format

The authors gratefully acknowledge the many public and private organizations who participated in this research, including:

  • Data sources
  • Organizations who provided the data
  • Students who assistanted with data analysis (not mentioned on cover page)

All errors and omissions are the responsibility of the authors.

Mandatory Implementation Section

This section should point out any immediate practical application of the research findings.  It should also include a recommended procedure for implementation, and describe the methods used to translate the research product into implementation form.  Describe any potential benefits to be derived from implementing the research findings.  If the findings are positive, but not suitable for immediate application, indicate the extent of additional work needed to produce results suitable for implementation.


RESEARCH BRIEF

Write a two page Research Brief that describes the main purpose and results of your research in language accessible to a general audience.

All research briefs should include:

  • Title: 
  • PI Name(s)
  • Department, University, Address
  • PI, Co-PI Email Address(es)
  • Project Objective
  • Problem Statement
  • Research Methodology
  • Results
  • Footer:  “This is a METRANS Research Project.  For more project information, go to http://www.metrans.org
  • Provide at least 2 and preferably 3 or more related graphics to accompany the brief
  • Picture of PI(s) – not mandatory but highly desirable

Think of the research brief as if a member of Congress or a donor were reading it and thinking about funding it, or a reporter was reading it and might want to write about it.

Sample Research Brief.  Please feel free to clone the format from this document.