How to Write Acknowledgements for Report or Thesis
In any or , acknowledgement page always comes in the beginning of the project. Usually, this page is included just after Table of Contents. This page is properly numbered with indent text. As far as the length is concerned, there is no restriction.
The basic purpose to include acknowledgement page is just to pay a thankful note for all those people who have supported you in carrying out your research. It is advisable to include people in the proper order according to the importance of their help they paid. However, your appreciation should be concise and expression should not be so emotional.
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People Who May be Addressed in Writing Acknowledgement Note
As already mentioned, always refers to people who have assisted you in , report or . So, in your acknowledgement note you can address your supervisor, coordinator, academic crew of your department, support staff, technical personnel of your branch, organizations or institutions, friends and family. Remember to have formal note even while you address your friends or family.
Acknowledgment Phrases for a Thesis, Report or Dissertation
Below, I am going to include some very common expressions that are mostly used in acknowledgements. You can use these as sample acknowledgment for your thesis or report.
- “I would like to pay my regards to…”
- “I would like to show my gratitude to…”
- “I wish to present my special thanks to…”
- “It is whole-heartedly expressed that your advices for my research proved to be a landmark effort towards the success of my project.”
- “I would like to thank all those whose assistance proved to be a milestone in the accomplishment of my end goal.”
- “Just wishing to recognize the valuable help of all provided during my research.”
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Method to Write Acknowledgements Page for Thesis, Report or Book
Acknowledgement page is an important feature in a thesis or report- a chance to pay regard to all those who have paid their sincere support during your project. Here are some helpful tips to consider
- It is significant to note that your acknowledgement page should be as brief as possible reflecting your professionalism.
- An important aspect to consider while writing acknowledgement is that you can write it in the form of a as well as list with the names and contributions of the people who offered their support for your project.
- If you go with a list then you can better address people individually. In this way their names and contributions will not be overlapped.
- Use the names in proper alphabetical order in your list.
- Always prefer to list people according to their importance. For example your thesis supervisor or advisor should definitely be the first person to acknowledge followed by other teachers, staff members, lab technicians, assistants or other classmates directly involved in your research.
Example of Thesis Acknowledgment Page Addressing all People in a Group
Some formats of the acknowledgements also prefer to list all the people in a group and show a thankful note in one go instead paying regard individually. For example
“I would like to show my warm thank to Dr. Mathew, Dr. Steve and Professor Richard who supported me at every bit and without whom it was impossible to accomplish the end task.”
Writing the Acknowledgment Including the Institution Which has Contributed Funding
Furthermore, in various researches it happens that the researcher receive financial help from other organizations or foundations in term of any scholarship, grant or stipend. If you have the same case then it would be highly appreciable if you also enclose the name of the said organization in your acknowledgement. For example
“The physical support and the technical contribution of ‘Adult Basic Education Society’ is highly appreciable. Without their care and funding, it was impossible to reach the goal.”
Saying Thanks to Sincere Supporters in Your Acknowledgment Page of Thesis or Dissertation
Last but not the least; emotional support can also be considered as a key to success. So, if you wish to thank such supporters like your parents, siblings, friends or partner who supported you throughout your research then it would, surely, be great for them. You can write a great acknowledgement note for them. However, keep slangs, jokes and anecdotes out of your academic acknowledgement. It is just the literary work like novel, poetry, book or short stories that require literary type of thank you acknowledgements for the contributors.
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Acknowledgement Letter Format for Your Report, Thesis or Research Paper
Here is an example of acknowledgement letter format that you can adopt as a guide for your next report, thesis or research paper.
I would like to pay special thankfulness, warmth and appreciation to the persons below who made my research successful and assisted me at every point to cherish my goal:
My Supervisor, Dr. Milne for his vital support and assistance. His encouragement made it possible to achieve the goal.
My Assistant Supervisor, Dr. Wilson, whose help and sympathetic attitude at every point during my research helped me to work in time.
Professor Benson, Head of the Department of Chemistry, whose reminders and constant motivation encouraged me to meet the deadlines.
All the faculty, staff members and lab technicians of Chemistry Department, whose services turned my research a success.
My Mom and Dad, family members and friends, without whom I was nothing; they not only assisted me financially but also extended their support morally and emotionally.
Example of Acknowledgement for Book
Here are some examples of acknowledgement from famous books.
1. Geetanjali Gangoli beautifully acknowledges all those people assisted in the completion of her famous book, “Indian Feminisms- Law, Patriarchies and Violence in India.”
2. David Lamb also acknowledges the contribution of his colleagues and friends in his famous book, ‘Down the Slippery Slope’
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Writing Acknowledgments for Your Research Paper
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In this article, we describe what types of contributions warrant mention in the acknowledgments section of a paper .
In another article, we discuss four criteria that must be met for an individual to qualify for manuscript authorship. In this article, we describe what types of contributions warrant mention in the acknowledgments section of a paper instead. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) describes several roles that merit acknowledgment, rather than authorship:
“acquisition of funding; general supervision of a research group or general administrative support; and writing assistance, technical editing, language editing, and proofreading.”
You should also acknowledge direct technical assistance, including help with animals, cells, equipment, patients, procedures, or techniques or provision of data, equipment, reagents, or samples, as well as more indirect assistance via intellectual discussions. Note that all of these contributions are typically more mechanical, indirect, and/or one-dimensional than those of authors. Additionally, some argue that individuals who provided help and could be chosen as a peer reviewer, leading to a potential conflict of interest, should be cited.
In any case, the ICMJE states that contributors may be cited individually or collectively and that their precise contributions should be specified.
e.g., “We thank Dr. X and Dr. Y for performing the surgeries” or “We thank the physicians who performed the surgeries”
Institutional affiliations may or may not be mentioned, depending on the journal’s guidelines. Finally, the ICMJE encourages written permission from acknowledged individuals “because acknowledgment may imply endorsement.”
Funding sources should also be mentioned in the acknowledgments section, unless your target journal requires a separate section for this information. Whether the funding was partial or full, relevant grant numbers, and the author(s) who received the funding, if applicable, should be detailed as well. Note that acknowledging grants and fellowships is in fact required by many funding agencies and research institutions.
In contrast, contributions that are not specifically related to your research, including personal encouragement (e.g., by your friends or parents) and very general help (e.g., from a laboratory manager who purchases all supplies for your research group), should not be cited. Additionally, anonymous editors and peer reviewers are usually not thanked in the acknowledgments section; many journals (such as American Physical Society journals) explicitly discourage this practice because it is difficult to comprehensively acknowledge all anonymous support and because this practice could potentially bias reviewers.
The writing style of acknowledgments sections may vary according to the journal, but generally, these sections are written in the first person and are as succinct as possible. A statement about conflicts of interest, citation of previous publication in poster or abstract form, and other information may also be included in this section, again depending on the journal. As you proceed through revisions for one journal or if you change your target journal, remember to reformat as necessary and to update your acknowledgments if additional help was obtained during the revision, such as with editing or new experiments.
Although an acknowledgments section may be appended to the end of your manuscript or relegated to a footnote, it is not a trivial component. By acknowledging all help received with your research, you are demonstrating your integrity as a researcher, which in turn encourages continued collaboration. You may also be bolstering your colleagues’ careers, as being credited in an acknowledgments section is emerging as one of many gauges of a researcher’s professional impact beyond citations (see ImpactStory, based on altmetrics). Furthermore, information about who provided certain data, equipment, protocols, reagents, or samples may be of help to other researchers in your field.
This editing tip has hopefully elucidated what to include in the acknowledgments section of your manuscript and why this section is significant. If you have any comments or questions, please contact us. Best wishes in your research and writing!
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