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Formattingguide for Academic texts

On this webbpage you will find instructions on how to write an academic paper in Microsoft Word.


The formatting guide shows how therReferences should formally look like in the Hanken style. It is not meant as a source on how you cite your sources correctly. For that you should use the reference guide.Here you will find instructions on how to cite different types sources and authors. The list of references is placed after the text but before the appendices (as long as the academic text has appendices)

Some of the instructions below are repetition from previous instructions.

References headline

References headline (Heading 1) Georgia 13 Bold (fet stil), All Caps


The the list of reference headline should is a main headline and therefore uses Heading 1 but without the numbering. To remove the numbering on the headline choose the numbering and right click:

Choose “Numbering” and “None”:

Now your References headline should not have a numbering but still be visible in the table of contents. See the instructions for styles if you have not modified Heading 1.

Reference text


Källförteckningens text Georgia 11 Enkelt radavstånd; Före 6 pt, Efter 18 pt; Indrag Hängande 1,2 cm


When you are writing the text of your sources their format is Georgia 11 with single line spacing with Align Left . Also the spacing before the sources is 6 pt and 18 pt after the text. The reason for the spacing is so that you need to only once press enter and get the correct distance between the sources. In the paragraph window in Indentation – Special – Hanging should have 1,2 cm. This means that the next line in the reference will have an automatic indentation. Create the reference text as a “New style” according to the following measurements:

Remember that the title of the source should be in italics. The title is the name of the book or the journal where an article is from. This is something you have to do manually. The Reference guide gives you more instructions.