So I've reached the stage of formatting the thesis.
I've written the whole thesis using Calibri, and now I'm torn as to whether:
1) Keep the thesis in Calibri as it is
2) Change the font to Constantia/another font but leave all the tables & figures in Calibri font.
I ideally want to do 2) but I'm not sure if it'll be ok to have the text in one font, and then figures and tables in another font! I can't change the latter it's all been formatted to fit already, and it'd be too much work!
What would you do?
I tend to prefer sans serif in headings, tables and figures and a serif font for text. So, if it were me I'd make the change to a serif font for the text (I'm using Georgia). Your Uni may have specific guidelines but mine just specifies the minimum height of a character.
Oh and from a readability perspective if your thesis is going to be printed I'd absolutely use a serif font for the main text (and left justified). There's evidence serif/sans serif doesn't make much difference on screen. But, on paper, serif is definitely easier to read. With the clean lines and regularity of formatting for tables and figures sans serif makes more sense.
Absolutely not. In fact I think it's a good thing. Tables and figures aren't typically going to be 1.5 spaced so a sans serif font makes sense. Plus, it's often for content that is quite precise and regular, especially if it's graphs. I mean, I wouldn't advise having a sans serif font on graph axes, for example. But, for the main text on paper, I wouldn't consider a sans serif as serif is objectively easier to read. (I've read papers on it, but can't remember the references off the top of my head).
I concur with the answers provided above - check with the university. I know that Sydney University has only four mandatory guidelines for the PhD thesis format (seriously):
1. It must be in Arial or Times New Roman only
2. It dictates minimum margins for the left, right, top and bottom of the page.
3. Font in the body of discussion must always be 12 point
4. 1.5 or double line spacing in the body of discussion
I am sure your student union can advise, or your postgraduate coordinator to diredt you to any policy document. A Google search is useful, but you might locate an out-of-date document.
Apart from that, I suggest using one font only in the thesis.
It is not a pass or fail issue. If this is the only thing your examiners didn't like about your thesis, they would suggest minor amendments.
Your are nearly there - well done, keep going.
Great thread, haha. The font lover in me is enjoying this.
Personally, I prefer a serif font for main body text. A lot of the san-serif fonts don't actually have a 'proper' italics, and just use an oblique. Since I use italics a lot in my work, I like them to look as good as the regular text. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Calibri does have a proper italics set, so its got that going for it.
Personally I don't like Calibri, but I think it's perfectly acceptable as a thesis font. Garamond is a big no no IMO, like IntoTheSpiral said, it can be hard to read, and I don't think all the letters sit along the same base line...?
I think there are nicer ways to format headings than using a different font, but again that's down to taste.
I realise I haven't helped. I'd stick with what a lot of people seem to like, which is Arial or Times New Roman (shock, horror!) and just get it submitted...When it comes to work related stuff, its often a good idea to choose the path of least resistance.
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