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Call For Proposals – USETDA 2014

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The 2014 Call for Proposals has closed. Visit USETDA 2014 for complete conference information.

Proposals for presentations, panel sessions and posters are invited for the U.S. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida September 24-26, 2014.

Deadline: Proposals should be submitted on or before April 30, 2014 to be considered.

Conference Theme: The conference theme “Navigating the Universe of ETDs” focuses on new and emerging practices, needs, and approaches while also exploring the present state of ETDs and their future possibilities. Presentation proposals should reflect one or more of the following three subtopics. Presenters are encouraged to use the examples under the subtopics as inspiration, but are not limited to these ideas and can expand upon them or generate new ones based on the subtopic themes.

    I.        Changing Research Practices

  1. Data sharing and long-term data storage – where researchers are putting their data to share within their research groups and with other researchers (e.g.,
  2. Nontraditional studies and their ETDs
  3. Collaborative efforts by students

  II.        Streamlining ETD Processing

  1. Format review
  2. Approval and submission
  3. Prior publication
  4. Intellectual property and Copyright
  5. Embargo
  6. Technologies and systems
  7. Student support and training

III.        Promoting ETDs

  1. Promoting your research through social media (how are faculty and students doing this?)
  2. Tracking “cited by” data for your research (e.g., Google Scholar, Web of Science)
  3. Three Minute Thesis  and other forms of promoting research
  4. Including brief, summary video as part of ETD final submission
  5. Collecting and using statistics about ETD use (e.g., from your IR, Altmetric); benefits of promoting ETDs to the institution, academic program, student

The U.S. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association welcomes the following types of submissions:

Poster sessions – peer reviewed
Posters introduce late-breaking results, work in progress, or research that is best communicated in an interactive or graphical format. Two types of posters are encouraged:

  • research posters presenting new and promising work or preliminary results of ongoing projects
  • “best practices” posters presenting the practical implementations of an organization’s practices or innovations

The content of the poster should clearly point out how the research or best practice contributes to innovative thought or design within the field, and how it addresses key challenges, as well as the potential impact on the participant’s organization and/or practices in the field.

Joint submissions from students, librarians, graduate school administrators and other professionals demonstrating different perspectives on a single issue are particularly encouraged. Posters are expected to foster discussion in a personal and less formal setting. Poster presenters should submit an abstract of 500 words or less for consideration.

USETDA will provide easels and poster boards (48” wide by 36” tall tri-fold boards). Here’s a description and image of them on our website from our Research Forum event if you want to see the exact dimensions.

Single-session presentations and panels – peer reviewed
Single session presentations and panels are invited on topics that focus on the themes of the conference.

For single-session presentations, please submit a proposal of up to 500 words, providing a summary of the presentation topic and the qualifications of the speaker.

Panels must have a cohesive theme and promote lively interaction between panelists and audience members. Please submit a panel proposal up to 500 words, providing an overview of the issues to be discussed by the panel and brief bios of each of the panelists. Proposals should only list panelists who have agreed to participate and shall indicate the qualifications and contribution that each panelist will offer.

Submission Site

Once you have prepared your proposal according to the above instructions, please use the electronic submission system to submit it for review.

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USETDA Conference Presentation Selection Rubric

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