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Overview of the Call for Paper Process

Submitting a Call for Papers Proposal

The CSUN Scientific/Research Track publishes its proceedings in the CSUN Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities. The journal is planned as a post conference publication giving authors time to finalize the paper after presentation at the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, also known as the CSUN Conference. To reach a broad audience an open access approach has been chosen.

The CSUN Scientific/Research Track aims at high scientific quality and will therefore implement a highly competitive procedure aiming at an acceptance rate of 50%.

Please note: Contributions which are not accepted for CSUN Scientific/Research Track may be accepted as general sessions for the CSUN Conference!

For additional information on submitting a proposal please review the Scientific/Research Track Call for Papers Procedures & Instructions.

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Presentation at the CSUN Conference Scientific/Research Track

Authors of accepted proposals are asked to present their work during the dedicated Scientific/Research Track at the CSUN Conference:

March 17 - March 22, 2014 (Presentation Days March 20-22)
Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel
San Diego, CA

Speaker Registration of one author of each proposal is mandatory for inclusion into the Scientific/Research Track program and consideration for publishing in the CSUN Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities.

The Scientific/Research Track will be integrated into the general sessions program as one single track of sequential presentations. For each accepted proposal a time slot of 60 minutes for presentation will be allocated (including questions and answers). The time allocated may vary depending on the number of accepted proposals.

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Submission of Final Paper

Authors of accepted proposals are asked to submit a final version of the paper no later than May 1, 2014. Papers arriving later cannot be considered for publication. The final paper will be reviewed again and will then be sent to the journal editors.

The final paper will be submitted as two separate files:

  1. Manuscript: A Rich-Text Format (RTF) file containing only the text of the paper in formatting indicated on this page
  2. Additions: A ZIP file containing only the graphical elements for figures, tables, charts, etc. for the paper

It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that the article is submitted in final form in clear, concise English as the Editor will not engage in extensive rewrites. Manuscripts that require extensive editing will be returned to the author for revision before publication. The Editor will then undertake copy editing and final preparation of the article with proofs sent to the author for final approval prior to publication. The full postal and e-mail address of the author who will check the proofs must be included.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscripts must be laid out as follows:

  • The manuscript should be formatted in letter size (8.5 by 11 inches; 215.9 mm × 279.4 mm)
  • One inch (25.4 mm) margins all around and minimal
  • 12 point Times New Roman font, formatting
  • Double spaced, including references and notes
  • Document format: Use any editor (e.g. MS Word, StarOffice) and save in a Rich Text Format (RTF). Please be sure that you do not save as a read only file as the manuscript will be subject to copy editing.
  • Manuscripts must not exceed 10 pages. Tables, figures, charts and other non-linear text elements NOT included.

The manuscript must include the following:

  • Title
  • Author name(s) with affiliation and address
  • Abstract of no more than 200 words
  • Keywords (4-6 words)
  • Introduction
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Works cited

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Additions: Tables, Figures, Charts, and Etcetera

Tables, figures, charts, illustrations etc. cited in the text should be saved as separate files with unique names. For example, Jones_charts.doc, Jones_tables.doc, etc. Short, descriptive captions of tables, figures, charts, etc. should be provided in a separate ZIP file.

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MLA Style Guidelines

Manuscripts should adhere to the format of the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition. Quick guides to MLA citation and style guidelines can be found at the following:

For complete information please consult MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition.

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Copyright

Authors submitting manuscripts must agree to the following:

  • The author agrees that the work is published under Creative Commons License Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-ND 3.0).
  • The author will grant permission to CSUN’s Center on Disabilities to submit the manuscript to CSUN ScholarWorks, the institutional repository of the California State University, Northridge, on the author's behalf. The author grants to CSUN ScholarWorks the non-exclusive right to reproduce and/or distribute the submission worldwide in electronic or any medium for non-commercial, academic purposes. The author agrees that CSUN ScholarWorks may, without changing the content, translate the submission to any medium or format, as well as keep more than one copy, for the purposes of security, backup and preservation. The author represents that the submission is original work, and that the author has the right to grant the rights contained in this license. The author also represents that the submission does not, to the best of their knowledge, infringe upon anyone's copyright.

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Inclusive Terminology

Given that the audience for the journal includes both those with disabilities and those who are allies of persons with disabilities, it is very important that the terminology that is utilized reflects the preferences of the community of persons with disabilities. The ACM Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing, SIGACCESS, has prepared guidelines which reflect recommendations from the academic accessibility community related to language and terminology: General Writing Guidelines for Technology and People with Disabilities. All authors should follow these guidelines in preparing their final papers.

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Deadline for Submission of Final Paper

Authors of accepted proposals are asked to submit a final version of the paper no later than May 1, 2014. Papers arriving later cannot be considered for publication. The final paper will be reviewed again and will then be sent to the journal editors. Instructions for the online submission process will be posted here following the CSUN Conference, as well as e-mailed to authors.

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Key Dates

Call for Papers for Scientific/Research Track Opens
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Call for Papers for Scientific/Research Track Closes
Monday, September 30, 2013
Notification of Acceptance
Friday, November 8, 2013
Speaker Registration Opens
Monday, December 2, 2013
Speaker Registration Closes
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Conference Presentations
March 20 - March 22, 2014
Deadline to Submit Final Papers for post-conference Journal Publication Consideration
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Publication of the CSUN Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities (planned)
September 2014

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Official Journal and Conference Language

The official journal and conference language is English. Abstracts, presentations ,and final papers have to be written in proper English.

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