Call for Proposals

USETDA 2015 Conference – Call for Proposals

USETDA 2015 Conference LogoProposals for presentations, panel sessions and posters are invited for the U.S. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Conference to be held in Austin, Texas September 29-October 1, 2015.

Deadline: Proposals should be submitted on or before April 29, 2015 to be considered. The Call for Proposals is now closed.

Conference Theme: The conference theme “Significant Impact” focuses on new and emerging ETD practices, needs, and influences while also exploring the present state and impact of ETDs and related initiatives. 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.        Significant 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/formats and their ETDs
  3. Collaborative efforts by students
  4. File formats (PDF, XML, etc.)

  II.        Impactful 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
  8. Cataloging

III.        The Significant Impact of ETDs

  1. Disseminating ETDs
  2. Tracking “cited by” data for ETDs
  3. Promoting ETDs/research through Three Minute Thesis, social media, and similar initiatives
  4. Enriching the ETD final submission record (including summary video, data files, metadata, etc.)
  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.

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.

Pre-conference workshops – peer reviewed

Pre-conference workshops are invited on important topics that focus on the themes of the conference that need to be addressed in-depth. Workshops should provide participants with opportunities to engage with study materials, the presenter(s) and workshop participants through discussions in order to broaden and deepen understanding in a particular area. Workshops range from 2 hours to 3.5 hours.

Please submit a proposal of up to 500 words, providing a summary of the workshop topic and the qualifications of the speaker.

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

Go to, click on the “STEP ONE OF THE SUBMISSION PROCESS” link at the bottom of the page and follow the prompts.

USETDA Conference Presentation Selection Rubric

Poster Session Resource Page