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2013 Call for Papers and Program Guidelines

II. Abstract Submissions

An individual may submit an abstract/paper proposal to deliver a paper in one of the sessions detailed in the List of 2013 Sessions.

Deadline for submission of abstracts for individual papers is February 15, 2013.

A. General Instructions for Individual Submissions

Session chairs will accept papers for presentation strictly on the basis of the quality of the abstract and its conformity to the following guidelines regarding content and format (see below). To be considered by session chairs, abstracts also must be submitted by the deadline (February 15, 2013), and proposers must be preregistered for the meeting (see Rules for Participation). Standards for acceptance will be the same for all abstracts submitted.

1. Abstracts for papers that fit into the sessions described in the List of 2013 Sessions should be submitted via the online abstract submission database on the ASOR website. The abstract will be forwarded to the correct Session Chair based on the session(s) noted on the form. For further information regarding the theme or other specific requirements of the session, we strongly suggest that you email the Session Chair in advance of the submission deadline.

2. Abstracts for papers that do NOT fit into established sessions or new Member-Organized sessions (available online by January 15, 2013) are also invited. For such papers, please select "Individual Submissions" on the online database.

3. If your interests are not met by an existing session, we suggest that you contact people with interests similar to yours and that you propose a new Member-Organized Session (deadline: December 15, 2012).

Proposers will be notified of acceptance or rejection of their papers by the ASOR office by April 30, 2013. Any questions concerning the status of papers should be addressed to the ASOR office (not to the Session Chair or to members of the Program Committee).

Further questions regarding academic sessions should be addressed to the co-chairs of the Program Committee: Andrew M. Smith II and Elise A. Friedland.

B. Content of Abstracts

The content of the paper should focus on the significance of the material or on proposed solutions to specific problems rather than on a descriptive narrative.

  1. The SIGNIFICANCE of the author's work should be stated explicitly.
  2. CONCLUSIONS, as well as the evidence for them, should be presented clearly.
  3. The TITLE should be precise and give sufficient information to allow for bibliographic indexing.
  4. Bibliographic references should be kept to a minimum. PREVIOUS SCHOLARSHIP on the subject may be cited, if particularly relevant as a point of departure for clarifying the advances made in the author's own work. See below for bibliographic format.
  5. It is understood that excavators and others engaged in research in the field during the summer cannot provide conclusions by the February 15 deadline. Preliminary submission for reports on excavations and surveys, however, is required; submissions should be detailed and specific, and should include information on the precise objective of the project and its research design.
  6. Time limits on all papers will be enforced.

C. Format of Abstracts

  1. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.
  2. In the case of multiple authors, list the name of the person who will read the paper first. Each member may submit only ONE paper for which he/she is the reader.
  3. Submitters/first authors/presenters MUST list ALL co-authors in the fields provided by the online abstract submission system at the time of submission and by the February 15 deadline.
  4. If bibliographic references are included, these must follow the BASOR style as set forth in BASOR 294 (1994):16.
  5. Abstracts should be submitted electronically as part of the online submission process.
Abstracts should be submitted electronically using ASOR's online abstract submission system powered by Oxford Abstracts.


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