UPDATE: Extended Deadline for Essays now 27th December. Extended Deadline for Abstracts 3rd January 2017.
*Please note that all abstracts and papers must be submitted as word files and not as pdfs. Also make sure that there are no identifying markers in the file (Name, University etc).
Submitting an Abstract for a Conference Paper
An Abstract is a short document that is intended to capture the interest of a potential reader of your paper. Thus, in a sense it is a marketing document for your full paper. If the Abstract is poorly written it will not encourage a potential reader to spend the time reading your work.
Your abstract should engage the reader by telling them what your paper is about and why they should read it. Although strictly not part of your Abstract, the title of the proposed paper is also important. Short attention-catching titles are the most effective. However, it is also important, for a conference paper, to ensure that the title describes the subject you are writing about.
With regards the body of the Abstract you need to make a clear statement of the topic of your paper and your research question. You need to say how your research was/is being undertaken. For example, is it empirical or theoretical? Is it quantitative or qualitative? Perhaps it follows the critical research method. What value are your findings and to whom will they be of use?
The Abstract should then briefly describe the work to be discussed in your paper and also give a concise summary of the findings. Finally your Abstract should not include diagrams and in general references are not required in the Abstract.
The marketing of your proposed paper needs to be done within the word limit of 300 words.
Submitting a Paper
- Papers must not exceed 3000 words in length.
- Papers can be produced in any PC or MAC version of Microsoft Word. It must not be sent in PDF format and should not be zipped. Papers should be submitted as a .doc attachment by email. The email address is listed on the conference call for papers.
- All papers received by the due date must have all identification of the authors removed and only then will they be sent for double-blind peer review.
- You may submit a paper you have written for your course and take on suggestions made by your tutors. However, as you will be receiving feedback on your submission, we advise that you do not send papers that have yet to be submitted for marking.