11th March 2017
University of East London, ENGLAND

Abstract guidelines

Abstract guidelines
deadline: 30th September 2016

The decision on type of presentation that you will make (poster or panel presentation) will be made on the basis of the paper, so please submit your abstract first. Please find the rules and terms of submission in the ‘Call for Papers’ file.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission

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The abstract should be no longer than 200 words

The abstract should be no longer than 200 words. Submitting abstracts over the word count is unfair to other prospective speakers,
and the review panel will not accept them.

In order to submit the abstract please use the template underneath. Do not forget to fill in your details.


Abstract Submission Form


Abstract contents

Abstract contents

The following guidelines may be useful:

- Choose a title that clearly indicates the topic of the paper.
- State the problem or research question. If they have been raised by prior work please refer to the relevant prior research.
- State the main point or argument of the proposed presentation.
- Shortly explain what data you are going to use to support your main argument.
- If the collection of results is not yet complete, then report what results you have already obtained.
- If you are taking a stand on a controversial issue, summarize the arguments that lead you to your position.
- State the relevance of your ideas to past work or to the future development of the field.
- No references and no quotes please.

If you are still confused

If you are still confused, we are providing three abstract examples underneath. Even though they are not addressing with
political/economical/developmental issues, they should still convey what an abstract should be like.


Example 1. 155 words

This short talk stems from more extensive research I’ve been doing into how the book form is imagined in novels set in the aftermath of some form of Armageddon.

In the immediate postwar period these books tended to focus on the aftermath of nuclear fallout but more recently authors such as Cormac McCarthy have turned their attentions to imagining the world in the aftermath of ecological meltdown. Is there a role for the book in these future worlds?

As an artist  who uses the form extensively, I am  always being asked if I think the book has any future. Bored with trying to answer the unanswerable, I have turned in quiet desperation to literary minds far greater than mine for the answers. The great post holocaust novels of Richard Brautigan, Angela Carter, Cormac McCarthy, Russel Hoban, Spike Milligan and many others are examined for clues to the future of the codex with some startling results!


Example 2. 139 words

The paper describes and evaluates the information seeking behaviour and use of students and young researchers in the virtual environment, in which they are seemingly so in their element. Data are drawn from a seven year study of the virtual scholar conducted by the CIBER research group an covers their use of e-journal, e-learning and e-book databases. Tens of thousands are covered in the analyses. On the basis of these data, the characteristics of their ‘digital footprints’ are highlighted demonstrating as a result the huge paradigm shift that has occurred in information seeking behaviour of our young scholars. Or so it would seem. The results are surprising, disturbing and challenging. The paper concludes with a discussion of how information professionals might best meet their information needs, the possibility of disconnecting from this key constituency and comparisons with their elders.


Example 3. 143 words

The changing world of the book.

The arrival of ebook readers such as the Kindle and the Sony Reader has attracted a lot of media interest. Are we close to an iPod moment for books? Are we witnessing a shift in the place of the printed book in society? Digitization and Web 2.0 have already threatened the business models of other industries, from photography to newspapers – what do they mean for the book? In an age when text can be accessed all over the world through a variety of devices, and when the book competes with many other forms of entertainment, is it a dated and outmoded technology or does it remain a reliable and robust companion? From the influence of large technology players, such as Google and Amazon, to the latest developments in digital printing, Angus Phillips examines the book’s digital futures.