English - Writing for Conferences

Look Online

If you didn’t find a topic of interest for publishing in any magazines, journals, or newsletters, or your coworkers and professors are unable to suggest conferences for you at this time, the Internet is another almost bot­tomless resource.


Known Web Sites

The Internet is a wonderful place to find things, but the authors have found that not all conferences are listed. The authors wanted to find a certain Web site, performed a search with several search engines, and came up with no hits. Sometimes you need to have someone tell you where to look or have them send you the Web address for a specific conference. Some popular conferences are listed in Chapter 6.


Search Engines

You may not be able to find a particular conference that you know exists. However, you might type too few words into a search engine and have 162,437 entries returned to you. The authors do not have a magic recipe, but you might want to go to your favorite search engine and put in the fol­lowing search words.


 — «Call for paper» or «call for proposal.» The authors recommend adding the quotes around the term call for papers. However, search engines have gotten more sophisticated and it may no longer be nec­essary for most search engines.


 — Conference. This is an important word to distinguish the call for pa­pers from a magazine, or journal, or an online publishing site.


 — Leadership. It is important to list your topic (s) of interests to help eliminate the conferences that do not apply to your field of interest. You may embellish this bullet by adding other topics like «educa­tional» if you want to publish in the field of educational leadership. You may want to put some of these words in quotes if you have a spe­cific type of conference in mind (e.g., «educational conference» or «business conference»).


 — 2012. You can insert any year in which you want to present your paper. Otherwise, you may get calls for papers from 1998. A refine­ment of the year search term is to add the month of the conference if you have identified a specific month for travel.


 — Hawaii. Identifying the location by city, state, or country can help reduce the breadth of the search results. This is particularly useful if you want to present your paper locally to minimize travel costs, or if you have a particular destination in mind. Some people try to sched­ule a vacation around a conference. It might be difficult to find a conference on Caribbean Economic Conditions in Paris, France, in August, but you might be able to find a conference if your dates are flexible and if your vacation plans include popular conference loca­tions such as Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, or Washington, D.C.


The preceding terms might look like Figure 5.1 on your screen. A search of this particular string of words, on a popular search engine, yielded 82 hits at one point during the writing of this book. Adding Janu­ary to the search criteria yielded 27 hits; this made the review and down- selection much easier.


You may want to try different search engines because they are not all the same. The specific set of words shown in Figure 5.1 ( «call for paper» conference leadership educational 2012) were used in several search en­gines, and the results are listed in Table 5.1. This does not imply that the search engine with the most hits is the best, because you might get a lot of garbage and may have to spend too much time sifting through a hundred

Figure 5.1.

Search Screen for Example in the Text


Results from Various Search Engines, in Alphabetical Order, for the Following Sequence of Words: «call for paper» conference leadership educational 2012






or more hits. However, the other extreme (zero hits) is not good either! Examples of search results are presented in Table 5.1.


These searches will change with time as some Web sites are added and deleted. The authors have included two calls for papers in the appendices of Chapter 6.


Searching the Internet for calls for papers can be quite entertaining. You will find conferences in interesting places, in boring places, around the corner from you, and in places that you’ve never heard of. You will find conferences that you never imagined would attract people, and profession­ally designed Web sites for conferences that will have less than 30 people in attendance. You will find Web sites that are incomplete in that they omit seemingly important information like the due date of the abstract, where to send the abstract, who to send the registration to, and whether or not the papers will be published or simply presented. You will also find Web sites that have nothing to do with what you want. There will be several calls for papers from previous years, and there will be Web sites in languages other than your own.


Now that you know about finding conferences, you might ask your­self if all conferences are created equal. The answer is no, and conference quality is described in the next section.

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