Template for Critical Analysis: based upon the IEEE’s author guidelines
First A. Author
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These instructions give you guidelines for preparing papers for the critical analysis assignment in INFS 5101 Social Media Data Analytics. Use this document as a template if you are using Microsoft Word 6.0 or later. Otherwise, use this document as an instruction set. Do not cite references in the abstract.
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II.Procedure for Paper Preparation
A.Preparing your submission
Your paper must have an abstract which explains what the paper does, an introduction that motivates the rest of the paper, an optional section to explain any special aspects of the literature review (for example, why you chose to present it in the way you did), a literature review section, a discussion, a conclusion, optional appendices, and a reference list.
When you submit your final version, it must be in two-column format, including figures and tables. The word count includes the abstract. It does not include the title, author’s name, appendices or reference list.
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D.Electronic Image Files (Optional)
Import your source files in one of the following: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, or Portable Document Format (PDF); you will be able to submit the graphics without converting to a PS, EPS, or TIFF files. Image quality is very important to how your graphics will reproduce. If your graphic looks low in quality on your printer or monitor, please keep in mind that we cannot improve the quality after submission.
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Under the option EDIT select PASTE SPECIAL. A dialog box will open, select paste picture, then click OK. Your figure should now be in the Word Document.
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Photographs and grayscale figures should be prepared with 300 dpi resolution and saved with no compression, 8 bits per pixel (grayscale).
Sizing of Graphics
Most charts graphs and tables are one column wide (3 1/2 inches or 21 picas) or two-column width (7 1/16 inches, 43 picas wide). We recommend that you avoid sizing figures less than one column wide, as extreme enlargements may distort your images and result in poor reproduction. Therefore, it is better if the image is slightly larger, as a minor reduction in size should not have an adverse affect the quality of the image.
Color Graphics Requirements
We accept color graphics in the following formats: EPS, PS, TIFF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDF. The resolution of a RGB color TIFF file should be 400 dpi.
A.Figures and Tables
Large figures and tables may span both columns. Place figure captions below the figures; place table titles above the tables. If your figure has two parts, include the labels “(a)” and “(b)” as part of the artwork. Please verify that the figures and tables you mention in the text actually exist. Please include captions as part of the figures. Do not put captions in “text boxes” linked to the figures. Do not put borders around the outside of your figures. Use the abbreviation “Fig.” even at the beginning of a sentence. Do not abbreviate “Table.” Tables are numbered with Roman numerals.
Do not use color unless it is necessary for the proper interpretation of your figures.
Figure axis labels are often a source of confusion. Use words rather than symbols. As an example, write the quantity “Magnetization,” or “Magnetization M,” not just “M.” Put units in parentheses. Do not label axes only with units. As in Fig. 1, for example, write “Magnetization (A/m)” or “Magnetization (Am1),” not just “A/m.” Do not label axes with a ratio of quantities and units. For example, write “Temperature (K),” not “Temperature/K.”
Multipliers can be especially confusing. Write “Magnetization (kA/m)” or “Magnetization (103 A/m).” Do not write “Magnetization (A/m) 1000” because the reader would not know whether the top axis label in Fig. 1 meant 16000 A/m or 0.016 A/m. Figure labels should be legible, approximately 8 to 12 point type.
Your argument should be informed by a diverse range of references. Do not overuse references. If a reference does not contribute to your argument, remove it. Do not underuse references. State all findings with a citation and a reference.
Number citations consecutively in square brackets . The sentence punctuation follows the brackets . Multiple references ,  are each numbered with separate brackets –. When citing a section in a book, please give the relevant page numbers . In sentences, refer simply to the reference number, as in . Do not use “Ref. ” or “reference ” except at the beginning of a sentence: “Reference  shows … .” Please do not use automatic endnotes in Word, rather, type the reference list at the end of the paper using the “References” style.
Number footnotes separately in superscripts (Insert | Footnote).1 Place the actual footnote at the bottom of the column in which it is cited; do not put footnotes in the reference list (endnotes). Use letters for table footnotes.
Please note that the references at the end of this document are in the preferred referencing style. Give all authors’ names; do not use “et al.” unless there are six authors or more. Use a space after authors’ initials. Papers that have not been published should be cited as “unpublished” . Papers that have been accepted for publication, but not yet specified for an issue should be cited as “to be published” . Papers that have been submitted for publication should be cited as “submitted for publication” . Please give affiliations and addresses for private communications .
Capitalize only the first word in a paper title, except for proper nouns and element symbols. For papers published in translation journals, please give the English citation first, followed by the original foreign-language citation .
C.Abbreviations and Acronyms
Define abbreviations and acronyms the first time they are used in the text, even after they have already been defined in the abstract. Abbreviations such as IEEE, SI, ac, and dc do not have to be defined. Abbreviations that incorporate periods should not have spaces: write “C.N.R.S.,” not “C. N. R. S.” Do not use abbreviations in the title unless they are unavoidable (for example, “IEEE” in the title of this article).
Use one space after periods and colons. Hyphenate complex modifiers: “zero-field-cooled magnetization.” Avoid dangling participles, such as, “Using (1), the potential was calculated.” [It is not clear who or what used (1).] Write instead, “The potential was calculated by using (1),” or “Using (1), we calculated the potential.”
Use a zero before decimal points: “0.25,” not “.25.” Use “cm3,” not “cc.” Indicate sample dimensions as “0.1 cm 0.2 cm,” not “0.1 0.2 cm2.” The abbreviation for “seconds” is “s,” not “sec.” Do not mix complete spellings and abbreviations of units: use “Wb/m2” or “webers per square meter,” not “webers/m2.” When expressing a range of values, write “7 to 9” or “7-9,” not “7~9.”
A parenthetical statement at the end of a sentence is punctuated outside of the closing parenthesis (like this). (A parenthetical sentence is punctuated within the parentheses.) In American English, periods and commas are within quotation marks, like “this period.” However others put the closing punctuation outside the quote, like “this period”. Other punctuation is “outside”! Avoid contractions; for example, write “do not” instead of “don’t.” The Oxford (or serial) comma is preferred: “A, B, and C” instead of “A, B and C.”
If you must, you may write in the first person singular or plural and use the active voice (“I observed that …” or “We observed that …” instead of “It was observed that …”). Remember to check spelling. If your native language is not English, please ask a native English-speaking colleague to carefully proofread your paper.
IV.Some Common Mistakes
The word “data” is plural, not singular. A graph within a graph is an “inset,” not an “insert.” The word “alternatively” is preferred to the word “alternately” (unless you really mean something that alternates). Use the word “whereas” instead of “while” (unless you are referring to simultaneous events). Do not use the word “essentially” to mean “approximately” or “effectively.” Do not use the word “issue” as a euphemism for “problem.”
Be aware of the different meanings of the homophones “affect” (usually a verb) and “effect” (usually a noun), “complement” and “compliment,” “discreet” and “discrete,” “principal” (e.g., “principal investigator”) and “principle” (e.g., “principle of measurement”). Do not confuse “imply” and “infer.”
Prefixes such as “non,” “sub,” “micro,” “multi,” and “ultra” are not independent words; they should be joined to the words they modify, usually without a hyphen. There is no period after the “et” in the Latin abbreviation “et al.” (it is also italicized). The abbreviation “i.e.,” means “that is,” and the abbreviation “e.g.,” means “for example” (these abbreviations are not italicized).
An excellent style manual and source of information for science writers is .
A conclusion section is required. Although a conclusion may review the main points of the paper, do not replicate the abstract as the conclusion. Do not add any new information in the conclusion. A conclusion might elaborate on the importance of the work or suggest applications and extensions.
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1It is recommended that footnotes be avoided (except for the unnumbered footnote with the receipt date on the first page). Instead, try to integrate the footnote information into the text.