Submission Guidelines

All submissions for papers, flipped talks, workshops, lightning talks & symposia will be evaluated by our Scientific Committee for: their contribution to SFL; their relevance to the conference theme; the coherence & clarity of the abstract; and the originality and importance of the paper.

Papers, Flipped Talks & Workshops

Submissions for workshops and papers will be accepted between 12th April 2021 and 11th June 2021. Proposals will need to include:

  • Title of paper / talk / workshop (up to 12 words)
  • Name of presenter(s) & affiliation(s)
  • Abstract of up to 250 words (excluding references). You are advised to highlight the main contributions of the paper to SFL and to the conference theme.
  • Keywords (up to 5)
  • Conference Strand that most aligns with paper (choose 1)

Papers should highlight the main contributions of the paper to SFL and to the conference theme. Presenters can choose to prepare and record their presentation in advance or deliver it live on the day. Delivery of the paper should last no more than 20 minutes to allow 5 minutes for questions at the end. 

In Flipped Talks, presenters will produce a recorded version of their presentation which will be available to delegates at least two weeks before the conference. During the conference, the presenter will be given a standard 30-minute session during which they will be able to discuss their talk with those present.

Workshops should be practical and involve participants in activities. Ideally, participants will experience methods of SFL analysis. All workshops need to state the level of prior knowledge or experience expected. If more than one hour is required, this should be stated on the submission form.

Lightning Talks will be given just 10 minutes each and can be presented live during the conference or recorded in advance to be discussed for 10 minutes during the conference (like Flipped Talks). A Lightning Talk should present an idea briefly and coherently, in a similar manner to TED Talks (see www.ted.com for examples). The Lightning Talk format is likely to suit inexperienced presenters, students, early career researchers, or researchers new to SFL and presentations of data or preliminary findings. Submissions for a Lightning Talk will be accepted between 12th April 2021 and 11th June 2021 and need to include:

  • Title of Lightning Talk
  • Name of presenter(s) & affiliation(s)
  • Abstract of up to 100 words (excluding references).
  • Keywords (up to 3)
  • Conference Strand that most aligns with paper (choose 1)

Symposia

Proposals for a symposium need to be made directly to the organising committee between 12th April 2021 and 11th June 2021 at esflc2021@shu.ac.uk. The submission needs to include:

  • Title
  • Name, affiliation & contact details of Chair
  • Length of time required for symposium (in multiples of 30 minutes)
  • Names of speakers & abstracts (up to 250 words, excluding references) for all talks
  • Outline of discussion / roundtable including participants, chair & proposed topics for discussion.

A Symposium needs to be focussed on a single topic or theme (see list of Symposia from 2020 for examples). The organiser(s) of each symposium are responsible for: inviting speakers; deciding on the theme (which should be aligned with the conference theme as far as possible); gathering abstracts (up to 250 words, excluding references) and biographical information (up to 40 words) from each speaker; organising the order of the symposium; and any discussion or roundtable session. The information, including the total length of the symposium, is then sent to the conference organisers who will elicit comments & feedback from members of the scientific committee.

Key Dates

Call for Papers
1st March 2021

Submission opens
12th April 2021

Submission closes
20th June 2021

Notification of acceptance
30th July 2021

Early Bird Registration opens
4th August 2021
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Standard Registration
16th August 2021

Registration closes
10th September 2021

Conference starts
15th September 2021

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