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Individual Submissions

The Program Committee welcomes abstract submissions from individual members for presentation as part of a paper or poster session, or as part of the new lightning talks session(s). Types of individual submissions include:

Lightning Talks
In Lightning talk sessions each presenter is allocated six minutes for a presentation and fourteen minutes for discussion. The discussion-centered format offers presenters the opportunity to explore new ideas and new approaches with the help of feedback from the audience. Submissions on any topic that would benefit from this format are welcome, but each year the Program Committee also suggests one or more themes for lightning talk sessions.

For the 2025 meeting, the themes are 1) pedagogy, 2) research methods, and 3) digital projects.

Abstracts should present the key idea or contribution of the proposed talk, and should be no more than 60 words in length. Bibliographies are not required. These abstracts will be printed in the Abstract Book. Presenters may request AV equipment. Individuals may not submit an abstract for both a lightning talk and another Program unit.

Oral presentations
The Program Committee welcomes paper submissions from individual members for oral presentation. A maximum of 20 minutes will be allotted for the delivery of accepted papers, and the Program Committee reserves the right to limit the audio/visual equipment requested.

Poster session
The Program Committee hopes once again to schedule a poster session during the annual meeting. It feels that these presentations give authors the flexibility to display all of their data simultaneously in a variety of formats (graphically and electronically as well as orally) and give annual meeting registrants an opportunity to identify those aspects of the presentation that are of greatest interest to them and then interact with presenters one-on-one or in small groups. Authors may request that their papers be scheduled during the poster session, but the Program Committee reserves the right to make the final decision as to the assignment of each paper it accepts.

Submission Requirements

  • Your SCS member number, name, academic institution, and contact information
  • A subject category for your abstract. As of 2021, there are no pre-assigned categories. You can pick and type in your own tags.
  • Your abstract. Be certain that your abstract conforms to the Program Committee’s guidelines for authors of abstracts.
  • Audio-visual needs (if any). The Program Committee reserves the right to limit the audio/visual equipment requested.


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