[Air-l] IR 6.0 Submissions -- content recommendations
haythorn at uiuc.edu
Wed Jan 19 15:24:45 PST 2005
Greetings all. Jeremy has sent out the conference submission site while I
tried to figure out why my emails to the list were not getting through. I
hope thanks to Charles Breindahl's help the problem has been solved.
I wanted to add a note with a suggestion about what should be in
submissions. Often people do not know what to put in an abstract. As a
reviewer, I thought I'd share what I look for -- perhaps others can also
add their ideas on what makes a good abstract, panel submission, etc.
So, my personal view ...
Submissions for the conference are more like a *proposal* than a final
paper. You need to win the reviewer over by convincing them the work is
important, new, groundbreaking, and doable. As a reviewer, I like to see:
-- a clear description of what the paper / presentation / panel will be about
-- why this work is important -- why the topic warrants all the work that
goes into the final version
-- what kind of paper it is -- a literature review, a report of a study,
a proposal of a theory?
-- the goal of the paper: e.g., to describe the state of the art in area
x, to review the historical background to area x, to solve problem x
by doing a study, to suggest a theoretical resolution to conflicting
results, to outline a research agenda to explore issues extant in area x.
-- how the goal will be accomplished, e.g., reviewing literature, asking
key informants, reading archives, conducting a study
-- what what will have been added to the world's stock of knowledge when
you are done, why the effort will have been worthwhile
-- a project of a manageable scope -- i.e., something that can be completed
in the 3 months or so between acceptance and time of presentation
Caroline Haythornthwaite (haythorn at uiuc.edu)
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 501 East Daniel St., Champaign,
phone: 217-244-7453 fax: 217-244-3302 www.lis.uiuc.edu/~haythorn
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