ICSUT Format Guide

The International Center for the Study of Unified Thaumatology was first mentioned by Dr Clef on the GOC Casefiles page, and described as follows:

The International Center for the Study of Unified Thaumatology

Headquartered in London, and founded by the remnants of the Holy Order of the Golden Dawn, the organization renamed itself after the development of the theory of Unified Thaumatology by J.S. Carver in 1913. The Center promotes the study of Unified Thaumatology (the scientific study of magic and sorcery) and is currently the largest Magical College in the modern world, with campuses in all GOC member countries, including Japan, the United States, South Africa, and India.

A laconic description of them is the Wizard College. Their GoI-format articles take the form of an academic research paper published by the college in their journal, the Unified Thaumatology Quarterly. There is currently one example of the page (Analysis of the Plokamisuchus) and a fragment included in LTE-0851-Cetus (Analysis of the Wards Surrounding Hy-Brasil).

The tone of these articles should be scholarly in tone, and relatively dry. This may seem similar to the Foundation, but the key difference comes in the character of the Foundation. While an SCP is loathe to describe the anomalous in anything but dry and clinical tone, the ICSUT will freely call a fairy and fairy and a vampire a vampire, rather than any euphemisms.

The code to copy for your own article is as follows:

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//Unified Thaumatology Quarterly// Vol. ##, No. ##, [MONTH] ####, pp. ##-##

International Center for the Study of Unified Thaumatology
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By [BLANK AUTHORS]

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[[size 130%]] **Introduction** [[/size]]

[[size 130%]] **Methodology** [[/size]]

[[size 130%]] **Results** [[/size]]

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[[bibliography title="References"]]
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Header

The header is pretty simple. It should include the title of the paper, which should try to briefly and succinctly summarize what the paper is about. Don't be too long, but be clear. (As an aside - both the current existing ICSUT formats start with Analysis - don't think that's necessary! Many of the referenced papers do not.)

When choosing a Vol number, follow the guidelines below:

  • Unified Thaumatology Quarterly was initially published in 1913 (when the School was founded)
    • Each year represents one Volume, with the first Volume in 1913.
  • As a Quarterly, it is published in January, April, July and October.
    • No. corresponds to which month of the year it was published in.
  • Try to mimic how important the article would be for page number - it doesn't have to correspond with the length of the format.

The ICSUT has tons of campuses, all over the globe. The blurb by Clef says it has one in every GOC member country, so go wild. Japan, the United States, South Africa, and India are called out as having campuses, so they likely have some of the largest.

Note: the next four sections are just a short summary of parts of a standard research paper. If you want more, I'd recommend looking up a guide on writing a research paper — you'll find plenty.

Abstract

The abstract of a paper should briefly summarize the paper, in about one short paragraph. It should go over the goals of paper, the investigation, the results and any conclusions. In short - it's a tl;dr for the paper as a whole. It doesn't need to include everything, but I should have a good sense of what I'll be reading from the abstract.

Introduction

In this section, go over why this is being investigated. It should briefly outline any necessary background information to the paper, and go from a general perspective to a more specific one (that being the actual topic of the paper.) This is where you include the hypothesis, if there is one.

Methodology

How the researchers collected or generated data in the expirement, and then how it was analyzed. Don't actually go over the results here. Note: this section should be written in the past tense.

Results

This should be the meatiest section of the article, and describe what was learned. Describe all information generated without bias or interpretation. Don't try to say what something means, just say what it was.

Note
You can break up the Results sections into smaller subsections. These should just be bolded text.

Conclusions

This is where you explain what any information the study generated actually means. This is not a summary, but rather an explanation of the importance of the information of the paper and what it means. You might also explain what a future survey might be interested in.

Annotations

This is just a rebranded footnotes. If you don't have any footnotes, don't include this section. This is the only optional section.

References

And this is a rebranded Bibliography. You can cite articles from a number of sources, whatever you feel is appropriate. It does not have to be other Unified Thaumatology Quarterly articles. This is a good place to add crosslinks to terms originating from other articles.

To format a bibcite, do the following:

In the text of the articles, do the following:

words words words words [((bibcite example))]] words words

and in the bibliography block:

: example : the full text of the citation

Example should only ever be a single word. As a tip, you can use the same citation multiple times, if it is relevant multiple times.

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Also Sir Baubius does not match any existing user name made this image for the ICSUT but I wasn't sure how to incorporate it into the format.

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