Paper FAQ

Abstract Submission FAQ

What is the format of paper presentations at the conference?
There are two formats of presentations. The first is called “regular 20-minute lecture” and the second is called “90-minute poster seminar.”

What happens in a “regular 20-minute lecture” presentation?
If this is the format of your presentation, you will stand in the front of a room, probably behind a podium. The audience will be sitting in chairs arranged in rows, like a classroom. You may use a data projector connected to a computer to display graphs and charts to the audience. If you want to allow five minutes for question and answer, and if you can start your presentation as soon as your time begins, you will have 15 minutes to deliver your paper. (If it takes you a few minutes to get set up before you begin your presentation, you will have a few minutes less than 15 minutes to deliver your paper.)

What happens in a “90-minute poster seminar” presentation?
If this is the format of your presentation, you will stand in front of or next to a poster that you have made to show the important points of your paper and probably some graphic material. Please see the Poster Session Guidelines for more information.

How do I know if I should be listed as a poster or a lecture?
The “Presentation Format” option on the abstract submission webpage allows for the suggestion of the type of presentation (poster or lecture) desired for the abstract. An option is also provided to be “bumped for a poster.” This option should be chosen if you would rather give a poster presentation if the alternative would be a rejection.

There are some sessions listed as options when submitting an abstract that do not appear on the list of organised sessions. What are these?Organised sessions have been proposed to discuss very specific themes as described. The remaining sessions are more general themes that have been common at previous Sunbelts but for which we received no specific proposal for an organised session. These are ‘self-organised’  sessions; each will be chaired by the last person presenting in the session.

Is there a word count limit for the abstract? If so, does it include the title and citations?
Yes. Please limit the abstract to 500 words. The web input form should limit submissions to 1,400 characters. The limit does not include the title and citations. Try to keep in mind that it is an abstract, not a literature review, and please DO NOT include a list of references.

Is there a conference template for submitting the paper like a Word template where I write my paper in (that has the appropriate headings for figures, sections, and margins)? Or is the submission only for the paper abstract? After you submit the abstract, do you then submit the actual full paper?
INSNA only considers abstracts not completed papers. You may want to bring a pdf of your paper to distribute to the people who attend your presentation and to others who would like a copy. Alternatively many conference venues have copying facilities. Doing this will get your work more public exposure, help you establish connections with other researchers, and increase the amount of useful feedback your work receives.

Can you tell me about the subject matter or level of technical sophistication of papers at your conference?
The website http://www.insna.org/PDF/Connections/v26/2004_I-1-10.pdf has abstracts from the 2003 Sunbelt conference, providing an example abstracts – both in terms of content and length.

Are there any other requirements that I should be aware of in order to have the best chance of acceptance?
The abstract must describe some work that is about NETWORKS, most likely, social networks. If it is not about networks, even if it is an interesting and well-written piece of work, it will not be accepted. The review committee may ask you to re-cast the paper so it is about networks, and ask you to submit again.

We have a series of papers that we’d like to be presented in a single session. What do we have to do to make that happen?
It’s easy. Just make sure that each paper selects the session title that you want to have. If that session title doesn’t appear on the drop-down list when you submit your paper, add it as a new session and make sure everyone chooses that session. To be extra sure they will go together, put a note in the “additional notes” box on the abstract submission form for each paper and say that the paper should be in the session with the other ones. Name the session or session organizer in this note.

I’m interested in submitting a paper to Sunbelt 2015, and I’m not sure of the requirements. It looks like I only need to submit an abstract – is that correct?
Yes, that is correct! Presenting authors of accepted submissions must register for and present their work at the meeting.

In the conference website, I only saw the deadline for abstract submission. I am wondering whether it requires a full paper submission after the abstract submission. If so, when is the deadline for that?
You don’t submit the full text of your paper. You only submit the abstract. However, it is a good idea to bring a PDF of your paper to give to anyone who would like a copy.

I’d like to know what the format to submit papers for this conference is and what the page limit is. Is there a word-limit or even a recommended length on the abstracts for INSNA?
Please shoot for something in the range of 200 – 500 (1,400 characters) words for your abstract.

Is there a limit on single/multiple-authored submissions?
INSNA accepts only one single-authored paper from each person and there will be a similar restriction on the number of papers on which you can be the senior author. You may present only one paper at the conference, regardless of how many you submit or how many times your name appears as an author or co-author. In jointly-authored papers, it is expected that the paper will be presented by the senior author.

Is there a limit on the number of submissions per author? A colleague and I are planning two joint submissions. She will be the first author on one, and I will be the first author on the other. If both were accepted, we would both do the presentations.
Please see the answer to the previous question. You and your colleague will be okay since each of you will be the senior author of only one paper and each of you will be presenting only one paper.

I want to present a paper and a poster. Does this count as two submissions or one?
INSNA accepts only one presentation (oral or poster) from each person at the conference. If they are jointly-authored, each author has one presentation opportunity. Please see above.