Submitting an Abstract to PNSQC
For 2021, the Program Committee is trying a new experiment: accepting some presentations without the requirement of writing a paper. For PNSQC this is controversial. The paper development process has been part of the conference since the early days. Which leads one to ask: Why is this controversial and what is the difference in writing a presentation versus a paper?
Papers: Rigorous and Enduring
The Program Committee values the intellectual contribution of papers. It is one of the defining characteristics of PNSQC that differentiates our community from others in the world of software quality.
During the Call for Proposals, authors submit an abstract that is no more than one-half page in length for evaluation by the Program Committee. If accepted, PNSQC assigns reviewers to work with the authors to provide suggestions and guidance, as necessary. Reviewers assist them in developing and editing to ensure the paper adheres to PNSQC standards. Papers must meet all conference deadlines to be made available to attendees prior to the event. All accepted papers will be presented by an author at the annual conference.
Above and beyond a normal presentation, the paper is published in the PNSQC proceedings and available forever in the conference archives. This provides a valuable reference for those pursuing similar interests in the future and becomes part of the body of knowledge of software quality; enriching the professional development of the author, as well as the paper’s readers.
Conference Presentations still require the submission of an abstract submission and the authors’ biographies / resumes, but the process skips from the abstract to a presentation for the conference. Just as with papers, Presenters will work with reviewers to refine the presentation concepts and format, but the end result is only a PowerPoint.
Generally, presentations are expected to be more focused. For more details on the difference between a paper and a presentation, check out the Call For Proposals (CFP) page.
Posters: Creativity Encouraged
Just like Papers and Presentations, Conference Posters require an abstract submission with the authors’ biographies. But a Poster is envisioned as a single-page placard that can be shared in a more intimate presentation between the subject and the audience.
In a physical conference setting, posters are normally single boards presented on a tripod with the presenter standing next to the poster. Since 2021 will be a virtual conference, the Program Committee is looking for people who want to unleash their creativity to present a succinct idea to the audience.
Benefits of a Paper
While the Presentation-only option is available, the Program Committee would like to encourage the value of writing a paper for the conference. In recognition of this achievement, the Committee will offer the following added benefits for Paper presenters:
- 70% of all presentation time slots will be reserved for the authors of papers.
- The primary author of papers attends PNSQC at no cost, and all coauthors attend at 30% off.
- Free personal webpage on PNSQC website with links to paper, presentation, and abstract.
- Certificate of Authorship signed by PNSQC Program Chair.
- PNSQC T-Shirt featuring our annual theme.
- Opportunities to participate in papers selection and review in future PNSQC conferences.
- Satisfaction of having authored and published a peer reviewed paper on software quality.
If you’re uncertain about how to submit a proposal, please visit the Call for Proposals page or contact the Program Committee. PNSQC is dedicated to helping you help your career by speaking at the conference and becoming a software quality leader.
Hopefully you are now inspired to submit an abstract to PNSQC’s Call for Proposals. The Call is open through April 15, 2021. We look forward to seeing your proposal.