Submission Guide


Disclaimer: A submitted & approved proposal by an Institutional Review Board is required prior to any research being conducted in order to review the ethics of each upcoming study.

  1. The proposal should incorporate the following components:

    • Proposal Title

    • Full Names of Proposing Researchers 

    • Affiliation to International Socioeconomics Laboratory of Proposed Study

      1. Social Science Research Fellow

      2. Economics Research Fellow

      3. Name of Chapter Network Affiliation 

      4. Participant at ISL Symposium

    • Abstract, briefly give an overview of the empirical study at hand. The abstract should provide what ORIGINAL data will be found and there must be a summary of what each section of your research proposal entails. (100-200 Words)

    • Background, surveying current literature, and background on the socioeconomic issue at hand, along with the purpose of the project. This section should answer why the research you intend on doing is important, and how it is relevant/builds off of previous works. (300-400 Words)

    • Specific Aims, providing the Question & Hypothesis the study and should answer the approach of the study. (100-150 Words)

    • Materials & Methods, detailing how data samples will be collected, archived and processed to produce required data. A clear plan must be included, as well as any questionnaires that may be needed for surveys. Any anticipated permission needed to collect samples must also be documented. (200-300 Words) 

    • Discussion, This section should encompass a reasonable explanation for why your results are what they are (in this case, expected results). There should be a brief data interpretation plan detailing methods for data analysis, including any planned graphical or statistical approaches, such as formulas being used. You may include graphs and formulas. Mention the importance/implications of your findings and how they can be used in future studies. Include limitations and even possibly risks within your study (this allows for researchers to pick up from your research, as they are able to identify a gap within yours). (200-300 Words)

    • References, outlining all sources used with internal citations using the APA format. Refer to the Purdue Owl example citations if necessary. Participants are encouraged to seek all forms of resources, such as journals, textbooks, and mentors in the field. (At least 5 references)

    • Example In-Text Citation: (Johnson, 2016), (Garrison et al., 2020)

    • Example Reference Page Citation: Johnson, T., Garrison, W., Perkovic, L. (2019) The effect of machine learning on a students ability to understand languages, Journal of Machine Learning, 4(32), 116-132 

  2. The proposal must be legible and conform to the following requirements:

    • Use one of the following typefaces: Times New Roman, 11 point.font

    • All margins must be 1 inch

    • Single spaced

    • Minimum 900 words not including references

    • In addition to the required typed up proposal, every proposal can optionally include a minimum of a 7-slide slideshow presentation with no more than 50 words per slide condensing the typed proposal in order to present it to Principal Investigators & experts.

  3. Clarity, An overarching goal to strive for in writing a research proposal is clarity. Clear writing is easy to read but hard to write. It rarely occurs without considerable effort and a willingness to revise and rework. The rules of clear writing apply not only to the organization of the entire paper, but also to the order of paragraphs, sentences, and words. Few writers achieve clarity without continual editing. Once students have basic ideas down, be sure to reread and revise all work. Clarity can be achieved by:

    • Clearly stating the research question/hypothesis.  

    • Organizing ideas into an argument with the help of an accurate outline.  

    • Avoid excess verbiage. 

    • Editing proposals seriously, remove what is not needed, and keep revising until there is a simple, efficient way of communicating. 

    • Understand that revisions consist of more than just switching out phrases: Revisions should take into account any conceptual concerns with the research proposal.

  4. Work submitted by researchers is expected to be of their own original design and execution and presented in their own words.  Full disclosure of any other person or resource that may have influenced the applicants’ proposal is required.  In addition, the research project should reflect the work of the students only.  Researchers may receive a review of their work and writing but all alterations are to be that of the researcher.