ADVICE TO AUTHORS

What is an extended abstract?

An extended abstract is not simply a long abstract. It should contain references, comparisons to related works and other details expected in a research paper but not in an abstract. It is a research paper whose ideas and significance can be understood in less than an hour of reading. Writing an extended abstract can be more demanding than writing a research paper.

Some things that can be omitted in an extended abstract are, for example, future work, very specific details of tests, institutional information not relevant to the key ideas of the research.

How will the abstracts be reviewed?

Initially, the paper will be checked for any technical flaws. Next, the importance of the work in terms of innovation will be evaluated. It should differ from previous works of the same author or others in the same area. The abstract should offer a clear description of the advantages, whether within the study carried out or deriving from newly developed techniques over methods currently in practice. It is important to cite relevant works of the same research area.

The presented abstract should not be excessively detailed when dealing with a very specific application, rather it should make evident the research’s contribution to the theme. The work should be also understood by non-specialists in the area.

Some Tips

  • An ideal submitted abstract should have a reviewer intrigued within the first 5 minutes of reading, excited within 15 and completely satisfied within 45. If your abstract fails any of these tests, it might be rejected no matter how good the research is.
  • Do not compromise the quality of the introduction, the examples and conclusions, or suppress relevant figures because of the page limitation. However, try not to go into very specific technical details, unless they are absolutely essential, or present excessive data. Focus more on why the work is important and its contribution to discussions at the Congress, noting that its aim is to connect minds in the world of stone and create future opportunities for all involved.
  • Remember that your paper will be read by many non-specialists to the research area. Therefore, the extended abstract should be written in a clear, direct, easy-to-understand manner, so it can be quickly assimilated and stimulate public interest.
  • These guidelines were adapted from the work of William Pugh from Of Computer Science and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies of the University of Maryland, College Park, accessed from page http://www.cs.indiana.edu/icfp96/advice.html on 02/15/2017.
  • Don’t forget! The best technical papers, submitted for presentation on each of the three days, Architecture – Technology – Sustainability, will be awarded.