ChemicalForums do not have a separate "Chemistry Writing" sub-forum, so I place this topic in here.
I start on my thesis in inorganic chemistry this fall. I have started setting up the LaTeX-document, and I have some questions. My thesis will likely be of the IMRAD-format (or something equivalent), but should I divide my various sections into separate open-right chapters, or just sections following each other?
Laboratory reports and published articles all have sections as the highest level, but these documents are much shorter than the average MSc thesis (mine will probably be around 60-100 pages, 60 ECTS credits).
Alternatively, my main headings can be structured as "Chapters", new chapters always starting on the right hand page. Since the document is so long, I thought maybe this would be the best practice, although the least common. The chapters serve as logical breathing points in the thesis, more so than a new section. The chapter headings are larger, which make the break stronger.
I am reluctant because chapters are not common in lab reports (my thesis is essentially one large lab report), and every thesis in my field from the university have sections as highest level. However, the university has no official guidelines on the matter, so I can pretty much do as I please.
So, are anyone experienced with this? Maybe there are some supervisors out there who knows what reads easy and what reads hard? I appreciate all opinions.