Each journal, dissertation or thesis has a specific formatting guideline that must be fulfilled if you want to publish your paper or score well in your thesis. Formatting in APA and MLA styles are the main two categories that you have to follow. However, each section of your thesis will have a specific guideline that should be understood and followed without fail. Citation styles and other guidelines of font size, spacing, chapter wise segregation, etc. should all be completed without any flaw. If you want to get your academic paper published or want to excel in your dissertation or thesis, formatting it correctly is one of the major stepping stones of your success!