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Submitting abstracts to the conference

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You must have an active MAPACA web account and be logged in to submit a proposal abstract. You will not need to register and pay for the conference until after your paper is accepted.

Click “Log in” and choose either “I have an account” or “I want to create an account” to log in or register. Returning MAPACA members who have forgotten their password may choose “Request new password.” Be sure to use the same email address you previously registered with. If, for any reason, you can’t access your account, don’t create a new one. Email us instead, and we’ll help you out.


Once signed in, choose Submit a proposal on the home page to submit a paper, presentation, or roundtable abstract for inclusion in the MAPACA conference. Complete panels (with three to four individual papers) should be submitted as individual papers and area chairs should be contacted regarding the panel.

The submission form will first ask you to list the email addresses of all the presenters in your paper. If any of the addresses is not linked to an existing account on the website, you’ll be prompted to add the person’s name, and a new account will be created for them. They will also receive an email notifying them of the new account.

All presenters must add a bio in their personal profile. We also encourage everyone to add their academic and/or professional affiliation. You can read more information on how to manage your profile on the website.

Next, you’ll be able to enter your presentation’s details. Title your presentation using title-case capitalization. You can add italics and other simple formatting both in your title and in your abstract using Markdown, a simple markup language. This help link is also available in the form.

Proposals may be submitted to only one area. Abstracts must not exceed 300 words.


Because your abstract will be publicly visible to attendees take care that it is free of grammatical, structural, and spelling errors. Be sure everything is correct. Be sure email address(es), name(s), and affiliation(s) are entered correctly. If something is wrong, after submitting, you have a 24-hour grace period (or until the deadline, if it comes first) to make any corrections if necessary.

Please, do not double space after your periods. See “Style Guide” for more.

You may also specify any audio-video requirements, and note any scheduling limitations.

What’s next

You should receive a response from your area chair within a couple of weeks after the deadline, but you can always check the status of your proposal by visiting your profile page and clicking on “Conference content”. You may also add or edit your personal information by clicking “Edit” on your profile page.

If your abstract is accepted, you will receive information on registering for the conference following the deadline for abstract submissions. You may also contact your area chair with any questions.

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