Call for Individual Presentation Abstracts

The Call for Individual Presentation/Poster/Talk Abstracts is Now Open!

Deadline to submit abstracts has been extended to midnight EST, October 5, 2018

The 2019 Conference Committee invites you to submit abstracts for Individual Talks, Lighting Talks and Posters through the midnight EST October 5th, 2018. Proposals that address the conference theme are encouraged but not required. Submissions will be accepted in English only through the online form. Authors may present in only one of the following categories: Individual Talk, Lightning Talk (which may include a poster), or Poster. Abstracts submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
After submission, abstracts will be reviewed and authors will be notified of decisions by early October 2018. Abstracts will be reviewed for clarity and relevance. Where appropriate, background, methods, results, and conclusions should be clear. For all abstracts the topic and take home message should be obvious. Reviewers will use the criteria below as a guideline when selecting presenters.

Abstracts will only be accepted in English and are limited to 500 words.

Individual Talks will be scheduled for 15 minutes (12 minutes to present with 3 minutes for questions). Individual talks should present original arguments. Abstracts that are only project descriptions will not be accepted for this category.

Lightning Talks are intended to highlight a project and and will be scheduled for 5 minutes. Lightning Talk presenters will be offered the opportunity to also present a poster on their project.

Poster presentations are intended to communicate any of the above in a 3ft X4ft printed format. Posters will be available for review throughout the conference and presented in a happy hour format.

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Review Criteria (for all submissions)

All proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the CSA Conference program committee. The CSA Conference program chair may accept or decline your proposal, or offer you the opportunity to work with another workshop proposer.
All abstracts will be evaluated based on the degree to which it:

  • Presents an original argument, not only descriptive account of a project. Offer a clear rationale, intellectual-grounding, and outcome/payoff for the presentation (i.e., “so what”), including practical advice on best practices for or tools that can be put to use by other people in the community.
  • Uses data (interpretive, qualitative, or quantitative approaches) to make their case for citizen science (but does not simply detail scientific findings; e.g., “These data reveal that invasive plants are found in 99% of all public natural areas”).
  • Is clear and well written. Abstract should be free from spelling and grammatical errors. Where appropriate, background, methods, results, and conclusions should be clear. For all abstracts the topic and take home message should be obvious.
  • Appeals to a wide array of people in attendance at the conference (including its broad accessibility and clarity). Represents a voice, or voices not typically heard from in mainstream CS (Public Agency, NGOs, Community-Based Organization, Participant, Health Organization, etc).
  • Addresses Ethics, Equity and Diversity, Privacy, Authorship, and other social questions with respect to citizen science. Addresses social impacts through education, behavioral change, contribution to understanding of some phenomena.

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How to submit

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