It will have become clear from the contents of this book that preparing a dissertation or thesis for submission for an academic award is a mixture of traditional practice, visual taste, common sense and meeting the requirements in regulations. To the inexperienced research reporter, all or any of these can be more than a little obscure and, if not obscure, at least pedantic. This book, therefore, has been designed to clarify and explain a range of necessary detail that has to be dealt with, one way or another, in preparing a dissertation or thesis.

It is inevitable that new or unforeseen problems in dissertation preparation will occur. The author would very much appreciate any information or queries on such problems from researchers who have used the book so that subsequent editions can provide as comprehensive a support as possible to initiates in this field.