How to Write an Abstract

General Considerations

1. Your abstract will be submitted as an email attachment, sent to

2.  Be sure to properly format your work as a Word document or PDF.

3. Do not exceed the word count (300 words).

4. Provide a descriptive title for your abstract. The name of your document should match the title of your abstract but should not include your name (for example, Intersectionality and Disability.doc)

5. Ensure that your work is anonymous: Omit any references to your name, personal identity, institution/department/program within your abstract and presentation/document title. You can include your name and institutional affiliations in your email, which will serve as your cover letter (explained below).  The abstract itself will be judged by a panel that cannot know your identity.

6.  Attend to the technical and mechanical aspects of your writing.  Have someone proof read or copy edit your work.   Grammatical errors, spelling errors are not appropriate.

7. The deadline for receipt of submissions is key.

What to Include in an Abstract

1. Commence with a general statement about the nature of the paper.  (Often when we are writing especially if we are new to a form, we will move from the general to the specific and then back to the general – creating the context for our work.)

2. What are the objectives or goals of your paper?  Try and link these to some of the current issues in your field(s).

3. Provide a theoretical context related to the conference theme.

4. What questions will you be exploring?  Choose 1 or 2 questions to focus upon in the conference abstract – think again about the call for papers and how your work fits……

5. Conclusion – what does this add? Why is this research significant?

6. Include a list of References (properly formatted)

Finally, remember to submit a cover letter: in our case, the body of the email is sufficient. Your email should introduce yourself, your institutional affiliation, and may also describe your research interests and area of study.

Important:   We remind conference participants not to bring any nut or soy products, and not to wear scented products.


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