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

Book recommendation:

The two-second advantage

Vivek Ranadive & Kevin Maney are convinced that in turbulent times it is not only critical to make the right decisions and execute them but time is of the essence. They use the ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky as an example: "Like Gretzky on ice, the most successful people in various fields make continual, accurate predictions just a little ahead of and a little better than everyone else. It is the one common denominator of almost all consistent success. Talented people don't need to have a vision of the future ten years out or even ten days out. They need a highly probable prediction just far enough ahead to see an opening or opportunity an instant before the competition. That's true for athletes, artists, businesspeople, or anyone in any field" (p. 6). These concepts apply anywhere: "The salesman who sells more than anybody else had developed a talent for anticipating people's reactions to his pitches, allowing him to steer the conversation before it gets off course. The teacher who seems to get the most out of her students with the least effort has developed predictive models in her head for how kids behave and respond to certain teaching methods" (p. 8).

Predictive analytics (Business Intelligence) allows Sam's Club to know what its members are going to want to buy when they walk into the store (p. 11).

The problem is often not only the availability of information. There is an abundance of information. "As it turns out, getting just a little bit of the right information just ahead of when it's needed is a lot more valuable than all the information in the world a month or a day later"... "using an efficient 'mental model' to get a little ahead of events and make instant judgments about what to do next" is key to anticipate customer needs or avoid carrying too much or too little of a product (p. 12).

Even with computers getting more powerful every year, business can't search all its data each time it needs an answer (p. 14). Designing and implementing a business intelligence framework to support the unique "mental model" of the organization is what successful organizations need to work on to be at least two seconds quicker than their competition...