We welcome panel and paper proposals from all areas of contemporary European Studies. Here, Albrecht Sonntag explains how to make sure yours stands out to the conference organisers. It does not only say something about the paper you are proposing, but also a lot about yourself.
This is a general guide for crafting stand-out conference paper abstracts. It includes recommendations for the content and presentation of the abstract, as well as examples of the best abstracts submitted to the abstract selection committee for the ninth annual North Carolina State University graduate student history conference.
Typically, an abstract describes the topic you would like to present at the conference, highlighting your argument, evidence and contribution to the historical literature.
It is usually restricted to words. The word limit can be challenging: Graduate students who approach the abstract early, plan accordingly, and carefully edit are the ones most often invited to present their research.
Follow the basic guidelines below and avoid common pitfalls and you will greatly improve your abstract. Quick Tips Comply Diligently follow all abstract style and formatting guidelines. Most CFPs will specify page or word length, and perhaps some layout or style guidelines.
Some CFPs, however, will list very specific restrictions, including font, font size, spacing, text justification, margins, how to present quotes, how to present authors and works, whether to include footnotes or not. Make sure that you strictly adhere to all guidelines, including submission instructions.
If a CFP does not provide abstract style and formatting guidelines, it is generally appropriate to stay around words — abstract committees read a lot of these things and do not look fondly on comparatively long abstracts.
Be Concise With a word limit, write only what is necessary, avoiding wordiness. Use active voice and pay attention to excessive prepositional phrasing. Be Clear Plan your abstract carefully before writing it. A good abstract will address the following questions: What is the historical question or problem?
It should be original. What is your evidence? State forthrightly that you are using primary source material. How does your paper fit into the historiography? Why does it matter? We know the topic is important to you, why should it be important to the abstract selection committee?
You should be as specific as possible, avoiding overly broad or overreaching statements and claims.
Say what you need to say and nothing more. Keep your audience in mind. How much background you give on a topic will depend on the conference. Your pitch should be suited to the specificity of the conference: Be Clean Revise and edit your abstract to ensure that its final presentation is error free.
The editing phase is also the best time to see your abstract as a whole and chip away at unnecessary words or phrases. The final draft should be linear and clear and it should read smoothly.
If you are tripping over something while reading, the abstract selection committee will as well.
Ask another graduate student to read your abstract to ensure its clarity or attend a Graduate Student Writing Group meeting. Your language should be professional and your style should adhere to academic standards.
Contractions may be appealing because of the word limits, but they should be avoided. Common Pitfalls to Avoid Misusing Questions While one question, if really good, may be posed in your abstract, you should avoid writing more than one maybe two, if really really good.How to write a good abstract for a conference paper Getting your paper accepted for any academic conference will involve writing an abstract.
Here, Albrecht Sonntag explains how to make sure yours stands out to the conference organisers. It includes recommendations for the content and presentation of the abstract, as well as examples of the best abstracts submitted to the abstract selection committee for the ninth annual North Carolina State University graduate student history conference.
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Learning how to write an abstract for a conference is a matter of following a simple formula for success. Here it is. Tips for writing a successful conference abstract. Chittaranjan Andrade writes in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry on how to write a good scientific abstract for a conference presentation.
Writing abstracts for research papers A quick page to set out the abstract section of your research paper, dissertation or undergraduate project. Abstracts are a short overview of your whole paper, not so much a teaser but rather the whole story told in fewer words. Writing Conference Presentation Abstracts.
October 31, Mary Bucholtz’s Writing Conference Abstracts Title. Select a clear, informative title that contains all the key elements of your presentation (e.g., a key concept, the language or group under study, a general sense of your argument).
Very short and very long titles are not recommended.