Abstracts serve an important purpose in published papers: they give readers a quick way to determine whether they should keep reading by providing a snapshot of the document’s relevance and key conclusions. When written for a proposed paper or presentation, a solid abstract serves a similar purpose, by persuading the reviewer of the relevance of the topic to the conference theme, the rigour of research method, and in turn, the credibility of (pending) results.
For the ProComm 2018 conference the style and depth of your extended abstract may differ with your desired paper format. We’re encouraging submissions of varying length: brief papers of 3-5 pages for works in progress and early stage research, and full length papers of 6-8 pages for advanced research, including professional and teaching practice that has been well tested and studied. An extended abstract of 700 words maximum is required for both these paper types, but also comprises a final stage submission format in and of itself. For those interested in presenting without writing a paper for publication, the extended abstract serves as your final paper submission for the conference.
Given its longer format and potential as a standalone paper, the extended abstract provides more room for detail than a conventional abstract. This additional space may present a challenge when presenting early research or more mature projects: in the first case, it may be difficult to provide sufficient detail and specificity in an evolving project; in the second, it may be tempting to write with less concision and clarity. Here we’ll consider what to include for a successful abstract at any stage of your project.
(Article by Lydia Wilkinson)