By David Becker
It’s Thanksgiving, that time of year when you can thank your friends, family, and all the other important people in your life by bringing them together for a massive, fun-filled feast. If you’re a researcher about to publish the results of a recent study, you may also want to give thanks to those who helped you conduct it or prepare your manuscript. Inviting them to Thanksgiving dinner would certainly be a great way to express gratitude, but you can also thank them in an author note.
The author note, which is explained on pages 24–25 in the Publication Manual, generally appears in the footer of a published journal article. In a draft manuscript, it is part of the title page (see the order of manuscript pages on page 229 in the Publication Manual). Most student papers do not include one. You can find examples of the author note through our Best of the Blog post. Sample paper 1 demonstrates the author note's typical location in a draft manuscript, and the sample published paper shows what an author note looks like in a journal article.
The author note usually lists the authors’ departmental affiliations and contact information, states any disclaimers and potential conflicts of interest, and provides acknowledgments. These acknowledgments can be included in the third paragraph and used to identify grants or other financial support, explain any special authorship agreements, and thank those who provided personal assistance. Generally, you don't need to acknowledge peer reviewers, journal editors, or others who routinely review and accept manuscripts.
Personal assistance encompasses individuals whose work may not warrant authorship credit—that is, they didn’t do any actual writing or make significant scientific contributions (see pages 18–19 in the Publication Manual and Standard 8.12 of the APA Ethics Code for more details about defining and assigning authorship)—but their assistance was nonetheless valuable and deserving of some form of credit. Maybe you would like to thank some students who helped recruit research participants and collect data, or perhaps a couple friends and colleagues who took some time out of their busy schedules to proofread the first draft of your manuscript before you submitted it for publication. You can thank them in the acknowledgments section of your author note. It may not be tasty—or even edible—like a Thanksgiving dinner, but I’m sure your benevolent contributors will appreciate the recognition.
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’