Word 2013 template for academic papers and theses

The 2nd edition of Prof. Heesen's german book "Working Scientifically: Methods for Bachelor-, Master- and Doctorate Programs" was published by Springer-Gabler. Since the 1st edition was published in 2009, the Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007 templates were utilized by hundreds of students. The 1st edition is a Bestseller and ranked in the TOP10 books on the topic of "Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten [Academic Writing]" in Germany at

Now the template was upgraded and tested with the most recent version of Microsoft Word, Word 2013. The German handbook accompanying the template Thesis2013D "Wissenschaftliche Arbeiten schreiben mit Word 2013" [Writing academic papers with Word 2013" was just published.
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Professor Heesen is currently preparing to publish the English translation accompanying the template Thesis2013E, which is based on the standards of the internationally established APA Style Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.
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Writing academic papers and theses in APA format

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