Abstract Submission

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Abstract submissions are now closed. Decision on abstracts expected by June-end 2018

The extended deadline for submitting abstracts was 8th May 2018, 1700h (IST). Decisions regarding abstracts will be communicated to participants by JUNE-end.

Please note:

1. Only one abstract can be submitted per student. Other students who may have worked on the project and/or project advisor(s) can be mentioned as co-authors of the study, while submitting your abstract.
2. The same abstract cannot be submitted by two different students.

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Steps for submitting your abstract:

Step 1: Before submitting an abstract, you first need to create your login account and pay the registration fees (see Registration Instructions).

Step 2: Next login to your account on the SCCS website, click on ‘My Overview’ in the bottom-left corner and enter your abstract information in the form provided. Please read our guidelines on abstract writing before submitting your abstract.

Step 3: In addition to a conventional textual abstract, all participants also have to submit a visual component, which should typically complement the textual element of your abstract. This single image file could be either in the form of graphs, tables, maps, figures, illustrations, flow charts, photographs and other visual elements illustrating the main results, the study design, or the main idea that is captured by the study.

This is mainly to aid the abstract reviewers in better understanding the work that is being presented and ensure that presentations are based on data/information that has been collected by the student. We would like to clarify that the visual component being made mandatory does NOT mean that the conference is only accepting completed work. The conference organisers welcome and encourage the submission of work-in-progress for presentation (talks & posters) at the conference. Work-in-progress might be depicted visually in the form of figures showing preliminary results, flowcharts depicting study design and the like.  We would also like to emphasize that SCCS-Bengaluru strongly encourages and wants to see more participation of social science students and researchers working in the field of conservation and would like to ensure that the requirement of a visual element in the abstract does not discourage them from participating. We believe that work in the social sciences can be presented in the form of visuals. Please see guidelines on abstract writing for more information.

Students who are unsure about how to create the visual component of their abstract can also contact us at sccs@sccs-bng.org and we will help with suggestions and additional examples.  It would be ideal for the text and the graphic parts of the abstract to speak to each other and not be stand alone.

Step 4: Mark your study location on the Google map provided by dragging and dropping the pin. Alternatively, enter the GPS co-ordinates in the Latitude and Longitude fields provided below the map.

Step 5: Enter details of authorship and institutional affiliations, and whether you have attended the conference before.

Step 6: Next, indicate whether you prefer to present a talk, a poster, or if you have no preference. Please note that we have only limited slots for talks, and therefore it is possible that you might not get your choice of presentation mode, i.e. if you have opted for a talk, you might be asked to do a poster instead. Our choice of abstracts for talks is based on multiple criteria including the diversity of themes that will be represented, the completeness of the work being presented as well as reviewers’ opinions on whether a particular piece of work will be more effective as a talk or poster.  We would like to emphasize that differences in quality of abstracts have little bearing on our decision of talk or poster. Also, while we aim to provide space for as many presenters as we can, it is possible that we might have to reject abstracts that the reviewers think are unsuitable for the conference. The final decision regarding the acceptance of abstracts rests with the conference organisers.

Step 7: Finally, indicate whether you wish to apply for a bursary (see Fees and Bursaries).

Please note that once you have clicked on the “Submit” button you cannot make any changes to this form. There is also a link provided for you to view a copy of your submitted abstract. Each participant is allowed to submit only one abstract to the conference.

Each accepted abstract along with the visual component will be made open to public on the SCCS website with a unique link.

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