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This guideline is meant to help writing theses with Latex in general, but occasionally with particular details regarding Boğaziši University theses. Your thesis will stay with you for the rest of your life. Not only your peers, your own students will one day read your thesis. So give your thesis the attention it deserves.

Some tips/suggestions:
  • Abbreviation list: fill it as you write the thesis. Do not expect to prepare the list at the very end in one go, because you WILL MISS some of them.
  • Likewise for the references. At least put citation placeholders for the references as you write.
  • Stick to one single convention for the stylisation of variables, units, etc.
    • Recommendation: variables ($c$, $P_T$, etc.) in italics (ie. math mode), particle names ($Z^0$, $W^+$, etc.) in italics, units (MeV, cm$^2$, GeV /$c$, etc.) romanized
  • All tables and figures should be mentioned ("See Figure 3.14", "as listed in Table 1.59") from inside of the text.
  • The caption for figures and tables should be self sufficient.
    • Try to avoid captions that refer back to the text.
    • If a figure or the data on a table is from a reference, cite it there (even if there is a citation reference inside the text).
    • If you prepare your own plot using someone else's data, make sure you also cite that ("data obtained from [26]").
    • Use a fullstop at the end of the caption.
  • If you quote an equation and unless it is a formula that every physicist is expected to know (like Newton's laws), make sure you cite the source of the formula.
  • If you use a software that does black-box computations for you (like simulation or Monte Carlo programs), don't forget to cite it and also write the version of the software.
  • Do not write as if you are writing a story. (No "We start the simulation", "Then we look at the readings from the ampermeter", etc.)
    • Stick to one tense within a section. While that choice can be the past tense, it is quite advisable to choose present tense in physics (simple present for facts, present perfect for work that has been performed). Your simulation is still valid, your histograms are still on paper, your particle still has the same mass as it did yesterday.
  • Do not bring your thesis drafts to your peers, advisor, jury members, etc. without having run a spellcheck.
  • NEVER copy and paste from other sources. If you need to quote text, make sure to stick to the bare minimum, clearly indicate quoted material as such, and cite the source.
  • Please no Word, or open office, etc. If you are having trouble with Latex, try Lyx.
    • Make sure you regularly take backups. With Latex, you can even have a nice gradually growing repository (git) of different versions.
See here for FrequentlyMadeMistakes.
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