Writing Submission Checklist

Effective: August 24, 2020

References & Anti-plagiarism

  • Did you use primary (original research, anecdotes etc.) and secondary sources (scientific reviews etc.)?
  • Did you include in-text or parenthetical citations in APA 7th edition format where appropriate to credit the original source?
  • Did you compile a “Reference” list according to the Catalyst’s Citation Style?
  • Did you provide an in-text or parenthetical citation for every reference on the list of references? If an item is on the list of references, it must be cited within the article text.

Writing Style

  • Is it tailored to the understanding of first year science background?
  • Is your submission written in the appropriate style or voice for the type of submission? (e.g. “Dear Darwin” follows correspondence style, “Scientific Discovery or Research” is informative, etc.)
  • Is it clear when you are presenting a fact, versus stating an opinion or an interpretation?

Word and Page Limit

  • Is the text of the article (without images, references, or title) less than or equal to 700 words?
  • Is the article written using regular page margins?


  • Is the text formatted in size 12, Times New Roman font?
  • Is the file in .docx format?
  • Did you include your full name, program and year of study under the title?
  • Is the e-mail addressed to coordinator.uocatalyst@gmail.com?