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Author Guidelines

Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts according to the guidelines below. Successful abstracts will have met standards for university-level writing, will be relevant to the sympsoium theme, and will include critical analysis. Abstracts will be driven by research and provide evidence-based conclusions. A peer review will analyze and select presenters based on the effectiveness to meet the criteria as outlined. Accepted abstracts/papers must include bibliographies in APA style.
  • Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts via the symposium's submission portal by January 15, 2016.

  • Abstracts are being accepted that address trends, challenges or developments related to the conference theme or to the NMC 2015 Horizon Report.

  • Authors interested in presenting a full presentation (25 minutes) are invited to submit a 700-word abstract. Submissions will be peer-reviewed.

  • Authors who would like to facilitate or participate in a panel presentation (50 minutes) are invited to submit a 1000-word statement of their proposed topic and suggested participants, as well as brief biographies for those participants.

  • Prospective authors of a 5-10 minute lightning round are invited to submit a 500-word abstract for a presentation.

  • All prospective participants agree to adhere to the guidelines for authors, copyright, and submissions.

  • Authors will be notified of acceptance by February 1, 2016.

  • Accepted papers and presentations may be published as part of an open access ejournal of the symposium proceedings at

  • Once accepted, the resulting papers and presentations must adhere to APA style guidelines.


Submission Preparation Checklist

  1. The submission content is original and unique to the author.
  2. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another conference for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Director).
  3. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  4. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
  5. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Conference.
  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed track of the conference, authors' names are removed from submission, with "Author" and year used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of authors' name, paper title, etc.
  8. If submitting to peer review, all Microsoft Office documents (including supplementary files) have been saved by going to File and selecting Save As; clicking Tools (or Options in a Mac); clicking Security; selecting "Remove personal information from file properties on save"; clicking Save.

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