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NWAC 2023 Submission Guidelines
The only means of submission is via the NWAC Registration and Submissions Website. If you have any questions regarding the submissions process, policies, or forms, please contact the NWAC planning committee at email@example.com.
Register for the conference and NWAC Banquet here
Submit an abstract for the conference (please register
before submitting an abstract) here
All submissions, both session and individual, must be completed by Friday, February 24, 2023, 5pm Pacific Time. No submissions will be accepted after that time. As all submissions will be made via the submissions system, there is no grace period nor are there any late fees. There is no flexibility to the deadline. We ask that all submissions be edited and ready for display in the conference program prior to submission. The NWAC planning committee will attempt to accommodate authors as much as possible but changes to submitted abstracts may not be possible due to time constraints in the planning process.
After the submission deadline, the Program Committee will begin evaluating each submission for acceptance. After reviewing a submission, the Program Committee may recommend changes. Any such recommendations are based on the nature of the material to be presented, including possible ethical issues or sensitivities. The Program Committee may request that individual papers or an entire session be converted to poster format.
The Program Committee’s decision to accept or decline the submission will be e-mailed to individual contributors and chairs of symposia, forums, and poster sessions by early March 2023.
All presenters, chairs, moderators, and discussants are required to pay the established registration fee for NWAC before submitting their abstract(s).
Conference Submissions and Roles
Presenter: The participant responsible for submitting the presentation abstract and delivering the spoken paper, attending to their poster, or participating in a discussion.
Chair: Organizer of a symposium or manager of the presentations in a general session. An organized session chair will coordinate all of the symposium presentations prior to submission to the conference and oversee the delivery of presentations at NWAC. General session chair will gather the visual materials of the presenters in their session and ensure that the session runs on schedule. Both symposium and general session chairs are responsible for providing a laptop computer to serve the presentations.
Moderator: Organizer of a discussion, forum, or workshop who is responsible for managing the schedule and ensuring that participants are facilitated.
Discussant: A participant in a discussion, forum or workshop.
Number of Roles
Participants are asked to limit their number of roles, however no specific limit has been specified for NWAC 2023. The scheduling of sessions is complicated by individuals who submit multiple presentations and/or agree to multiple discussant roles. Exceptions are allowed for symposium chairs and participants who do not need to coordinate with other sessions.
Only one of the coauthors on any paper/poster may be identified as the “presenter” (a.k.a first author). The presenting author (“presenter”) should submit and register for NWAC through the registration and submissions site. Non-presenting coauthors are not required to attend or register for NWAC. No abstract may list more than five authors (first author/“presenter” and 4 coauthors). Those coauthors who wish to attend the meeting should register through the advance registration process which is available December through March.
An abstract is required from each "presenter" for either a paper or poster presentation, coauthors and symposium chairs should not submit a duplicate abstract. Individuals can only submit one abstract for consideration. No abstract may list more than five authors (first author/“presenter” and 4 coauthors). The author is responsible for clarity, content, spelling, and grammar. Titles of abstracts should be presented in lowercase letters with initial letters of key words in capitals.
The maximum abstract length is 200 words.
Any individual who would like to participate in NWAC can submit to a General Session. Contributed papers, reports, and posters are organized by the Program Committee following the close of the submission period into general sessions around a theme, method, or region.
Contributed Poster All posters are limited to 48x36 inches
Organized Session Formats
Individuals may create an organized session around a theme, method, or region and invite participants to join. A session abstract must accompany the organized session submission that clearly expresses the overall theme of the session. The maximum session abstract length is 200 words. The chair or moderator that submits the session abstract is considered the primary chair/moderator.
Requests for Special Scheduling
Requests for special scheduling considerations should be made as early as possible in writing to the NWAC planning committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the complexity of conference planning and the logistical considerations of the conference facility not all requests may be accommodated.
The Journal of Northwest Anthropology (JONA) has teamed with the Northwest Anthropological Association to produce proceedings for the 2023 Northwest Anthropological Conference (NWAC). Proceedings will include papers and posters presented at the 2023 conference, runner up student award winners, schedule, and abstracts. Manuscripts for both oral presentations and poster presentations will be due approximately one month following the conference; this makes it possible for authors to address any comments received from colleagues during their presentations. Manuscripts are not peer-reviewed, but will receive a basic editorial review prior to publication. E-copies of the 2023 NWAC will be available for no cost on the JONA website; the 2021 and 2022 NWAC Proceedings can be viewed at https://www.northwestanthropology.com/nwac-proceedings.