SUBMISSION PROCESS AT A GLANCE
- Read the guidelines below.
- Scroll down to find the MS Word template AbstractForm.doc; download it and fill it in with your proposal.
- Scroll down to find the link http://englvm00.utad.utoledo.edu/openconf/openconf.php.
- On that page click the link Submit a Paper. Fill in the form. Attach (upload) your saved proposal in the file AbstractForm.doc to the form. Click Submit Abstract. When you get a confirmation screen, write down your Paper ID and password for future reference.
2014 LACUS Conference Abstract Submission Guidelines
Submission of new proposals is now closed. Use the link below only for submitting revised abstracts and only if you are required to resubmit by the Program Chair.
Please carefully read (or if you have submitted in a previous year, thoroughly review) the following submission instructions.
Abstracts that do not meet the basic criteria below - ones that are too long, identify the author(s), do not provide citations or references, use an inappropriate file format, etc. - will not be reviewed.
Abstracts are expected to include
- A clear statement of the problem or questions addressed;
- A clear statement of the main point(s) or argument(s);
- Clear indication of relevance to related work, accomplished in part by citations identifying previous literature (each citation matched by a reference included at the end of the abstract). In addition,
- If the paper reports a study using statistical methods of analysis, the study design should be clearly outlined and the results stated, identifying the statistical approaches used. (If the study is still in progress, this should be clearly stated.)
- If the paper is a work of any other kind, illustrative examples should be provided and explained.
SESSION TYPES. Several session types are permitted.
Papers are 20-minute or 30-minute.
Workshops are hands-on events in which the audience actively has something to do, not just sit and listen. These are usually scheduled for 1 hour.
Panel discussions are not simply a group paper or a set of mini-papers, but -- as the name implies -- a discussion among the panel members, not a series of mini-papers. These are usually scheduled for 30 minutes or 1 hour.
Virtual presentations are most often papers presented via a video link, but but we are open to other possibilities (see the note at the bottom of the page).
LENGTH LIMITS. A template is provided. There is no specific word count. Abstracts must fit within the allotted space (see the abstract template form). This includes everything -- the text and any examples, figures, tables, references, and so on. Do not include a note that a figure or table is “available upon request” or one saying that “some references are omitted to save space.”
PROPER DOCUMENTATION. All in-text citations should have a reference list at the end, and all references should correspond to an in-text citation.
CHICAGO STYLE. Use capitalization, italicization, punctuation, and so on in accordance with Chicago Manual of Style (R) format. Refer to the Chicago Manual of Style Quick Guide at
SUBMIT THE ABSTRACT IN Word DOC OR Generic RTF FORMAT ONLY. You may submit (upload) the abstract form in MS Word *.doc (not *.docx) or general *.rtf format only. Do not use DOCX; some reviewers cannot access DOCX. The abstract form is provided for download in both these common formats.
If your abstract does not meet the minimum criteria, you will be given a specified amount of time to upload a version that does. Abstracts that do not meet LACUS' minimum requirements will not be reviewed.
Your abstract should be entered in the abstract proposal template in MS Word *.doc or general *.rtf format provided by LACUS.
The version in MS Word *.doc format is available here:
If your word processor cannot handle Word format documents, try the rich text format (*.rtf) version, available here:
To submit or revise an abstract, go to
NOTE ON VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS. Virtual presentations require the presenter(s) to send their PowerPoint (preferred) or handout (less desirable) to the Conference Program Chair well before the conference, by a deadline to be specified after the preliminary program is scheduled. Virtual presentations may not be pre-recorded; presenters will speak live using Skype video through a two-way link. A broadband connection, a computer with a webcam, and a (free) Skype account therefore are required.