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Paper Submission FAQs

  1. Can I submit more than one paper?
  2. Can I present in more than one seminar?
  3. I am a seminar organizer and want to present a paper in my own seminar.  Do I still need to submit a paper abstract to the ACLA?
  4. I’ve been invited by a seminar organizer to participate in a seminar. How do I get my paper entered into the system?
  5. I am a seminar organizer and have received an abstract for my seminar which was emailed directly to me.  Can this paper still be considered by the ACLA?
  6. Help! I don’t see the form to propose a paper!
  7. I’ve submitted my abstract to the seminar.  Does this mean I can begin preparation to attend the ACLA Annual Meeting?
  8. A colleague and I wished to co-author a presentation for the ACLA.  Can we submit a joint abstract?
  9. What is the maximum length of an abstract submission?
We hope this information helps! We are aware that a number of you will be new to the ACLA system (which is great – we love new participants in our conference!), and that you may have a number of questions and concerns. If this FAQ hasn’t answered those questions, please feel free to write the ACLA at info@acla.org.

 

  1. Can I submit more than one paper? 
      No. Each individual may submit only ONE PAPER for consideration for the ACLA’s Annual Meeting.  We recommend discussing your proposal with the seminar organizer in advance of formal submission, which will give you the best chance for successful inclusion.

 

  1. Can I present in more than one seminar? 
      No. Given the multi-day format of ACLA seminars, it would be impossible to accommodate multiple presentations, which is why we allow only ONE paper submission to ONE seminar.

 

  1. I am a seminar organizer and want to present a paper in my own seminar.  Do I still need to submit a paper abstract to the ACLA?
     
      Yes, you need to propose a paper for your own seminar.  If your paper isn't included in the submission, the Program Committee won't be able to judge the proposal fairly, and the information about your paper would not appear in the printed program.  No paper abstracts will be considered by the ACLA after the September 20th deadline (at 9:00am Eastern Standard Time) .  Be certain that your own paper abstract has been submitted via the ACLA’s paper portal before that date, or you will not be able to present in your own seminar.
 
  1. I’ve been invited by a seminar organizer to participate in a seminar. How do I get my paper entered into the system?
     
You will need to create a unique User ID/login for the ACLA website by clicking the “login/register” link at the top portion of the main acla.org page (just under the “become a member” link).  Once you have created an account for yourself on the ACLA website, then you should be able to login and submit your seminar proposal. 
 
      PLEASE NOTE: Any individual who wishes to present a paper in a seminar must submit an abstract by way of the ACLA’s website.  The ACLA needs to have record of every submission which may possibly be part of the seminar presentations each seminar.  Your abstract MUST be received by the ACLA before the September 20th (at 9:00am Eastern Standard Time) deadline.  No abstracts will be considered by the ACLA after the September 20th deadline.  If you have submitted an abstract directly to a seminar organizer by email, be certain that you have ALSO submitted the abstract via the ACLA website before the aforementioned deadline, or it will NOT be considered.

 

  1. I am a seminar organizer and have received an abstract for my seminar which was emailed directly to me.  Can this paper still be considered?

      No.  All papers MUST be submitted via the ACLA website.  If you have received an abstract directly, please contact the individual and make certain that they understand the abstract needs to be received by the ACLA via the ACLA website.
 
  1. I’ve just joined the ACLA, but cannot seem to submit my proposal.  Help!
     PLEASE NOTE: ACLA membership is NOT required for you to submit a seminar proposal.  It is only after your seminar proposal has been accepted that the ACLA requires you to join the organization.

      The ACLA’s TouchNet membership site is not connected with the login for acla.org.  You do not need to be an ACLA member to propose a paper, nor do you need to have created a login on our TouchNet membership site in order to purchase a membership. Even if you are already an ACLA member, you will still need to create a unique User ID/login for the ACLA website by clicking the “login/register” link at the top portion of the main acla.org page (just under the “become a member” link).  Once you have created an account for yourself on the ACLA website, then you should be able to login and submit your seminar proposal.
If you are logged in, and the form is still not appearing for you on the submission page, it is because the system has detected that you have already proposed a paper.
Contact info@acla.org with any questions.
 
    
 
  1. I’ve submitted my abstract to the seminar.  Does this mean I will be presenting at the ACLA Annual Meeting?
     Not necessarily. There are a few more steps first, and success is not guaranteed at any of these stages.

First - your abstract will be reviewed by the seminar organizer between the 20th of September and the 4th of October.  During that time, you will be notified by the ACLA whether your paper has been TENTATIVELY accepted or not. Tentative acceptance means that your seminar organizers have approved your paper, but that your seminar has not itself beeen approved.
Second - After the 4th of October, all TENTATIVELY accepted abstracts and their respective seminars will be reviewed by an ACLA committee.  The ACLA committee will decide which seminars to include in the Annual Meeting.
Third - On or around November 1st, you should receive final notification on whether or not your abstract was accepted to be presented at the ACLA Annual Meeting.  If you receive positive news, then you may begin making your preparations (flights, hotel rooms, etc) for attending the Annual Meeting.
 
  1. A colleague and I wished to co-author a presentation for the ACLA.  Can we submit a joint abstract?
      Yes.  The ACLA does allow for co-authored (and presented) works.  The submissions form has space for you to include the co-author’s name and contact information.
 
  1. What is the maximum length of an abstract submission?
      The ACLA’s submission portal allows for an abstract to contain as many as 1500 characters (spaces included).