Submitting and Individual Paper



Guidelines for Individual Paper Submissions

Assessment Standards

A successful paper and panel proposal should
• Raise a significant question for the discipline;
• Address this question through precise analysis of a particular genre, text, work, event, person, or place, which must be named in the proposal;
• Have aims that are feasibly achievable in twenty minutes.

Necessary Materials

Before submitting your proposal to the SCSC via the online submissions program, you should prepare the following information:

• Complete Contact Information, including full mailing address, phone number, fax number, and email address.
• Academic Affiliation and Professional Level (MA, PhD, professor), You will need to include a brief (150 words max) presenter biographical statement.
• Title and Abstract for the Paper. The abstract may be no more than 250 words.
• Audio-visual Equipment Needs. The SCSC Council has decided that LCD/PowerPoint equipment is only available in essential situations, such as art historical presentations. For further clarification, please contact a member of the program committee.

Participation in Sessions

To ease scheduling and promote intellectual exchange, the SCSC limits the participation of conference attendees to:

• 1 presentation of a paper, and
• 1 comment on a session or membership on a roundtable, and
• 1 chairing of a session.

Attendees may participate in some combination of these activities up to three (e.g., chairing two sessions and being on the panel of one roundtable), but they may not present more than ONE paper.

Because some attendees participate in activities submitted to different track directors, the primary responsibility for ensuring adherence to these guidelines rests with the attendees themselves. If at any time during the programming process, the conference program committee learns that an attendee has exceeded the allowed number of conference activities, the program committee will revise that attendee's conference activities to bring them in line with the guidelines.

Submitting your Proposal Online

All presentation proposals must be submitted through the SCSC online conference website at: www.sixteenthcentury.org/conference. If you already have a user account and password for the SCSC conference site, you will be prompted to enter your email address and password. If you did not create a user account last year, you must do so at this point. Please be sure to COMPLETELY fill in all the information on the user account form (especially academic affiliation, complete mailing address, and phone number.) When you have filled in the user account information, click the “create” button at the bottom of the page. You will then be taken to paper submission screen. Submitters with user accounts will be taken directly to the submission page after logging in.

Choose the appropriate conference from the “Conference” drop-down menu. If you have been invited by a panel organizer to submit to a prearranged panel, insert the panel code in the corresponding field; otherwise leave this field blank.

You will choose a “track” for your paper. Choose the track that most closely fits the topic of you paper. If none of the tracks seem to fit, you may use the “Interdisciplinary” track. After choosing a track for your paper you will fill in a variety of fields that include title, abstract (250 words max), A/V selection, brief bio (250 words max), etc. If you skip a required field, you will be prompted to fill in the field (it will be highlighted in pink). Once your submission is successfully submitted, you will be directed to a confirmation page indicating that your proposal has been submitted.

You can log in to the SCSC conference website at any time before the submission closing date to edit your submission.