Guideline for Abstract

The following information is a sample guideline for an abstract


  • An abstract is required for everyone presenting a paper, illustrated paper, interactive short paper, or poster presentation. Abstracts cannot be associated with panel sessions.
  • The Organizer accepts all submitted abstracts for presentation.
  • Abstracts must describe the presentation's purpose, methods, and conclusions.
  • Each abstract is limited to 250 words.
  • By submitting an abstract, you are granting the conference’s permission to publish it in the abstract compilation and to disseminate it electronically.


  • Please be sure to include keywords (see Selecting Keywords below)
  • Your abstract will not be edited; you are responsible for any spelling, grammatical, and typographical errors.
  • Use the active voice for your abstract and presentation. Transmit your research results clearly and concisely. Avoid jargon.


Please notice and adhere to the following format instructions for the body of the abstract:

  • Do not put your name and affiliation in the body of the abstract.
  • Do not enter the title in the body of the abstract.
  • Do not use abbreviations.
  • Do not use underlining, boldface type, italics, subscripts, or superscripts.
  • Do not include any codes for justification, hyphenation, line height, line centering, margins, spacing, fonts, page centering, page numbering, suppression, or tabs, in your abstract.
  • Do not use bulleted lists.
  • Do not include phone numbers or e-mail addresses in the body of the abstract.
  • Do not use all caps.

Selecting Keywords

  • Keywords may be compound (such as "political geography").
  • Keywords should generally be nouns instead of adjectives or adverbs.
  • Do not use abbreviations.
  • Under no circumstance can you use a comma within a keyword.
  • In creating your keywords, try to think of how someone might want to search for your topic in the abstract volume. If your presentation is about color cartography, an appropriate keyword might be "cartography-color."
  • Make certain your geography is not too specific. For example, suppose your paper is about southwestern Kentucky. A user of the abstract volume interested in Kentucky is going to search under the letter "K" instead of "S." Therefore, use either "Kentucky" or "Kentucky-southwest" as a keyword.
  • In referring to a systematic sub field, do use the word "geography." Use "economic geography" as the keyword and not "economic."
  • If you have a choice between the plural and the singular form, use the plural. If your keyword could be "race" or "races," use "races."