Submitting proposals to the conference


You must be logged in to submit a proposal. You will not need to register and pay for the conference until after your paper is accepted.

Click “Log in” and choose either “I have an account” or “I want to create an account” to log in or sign up. Returning PCA/ACA members who have forgotten their password may choose “Request new password.” Be sure to use the same email address you previously registered with. If, for any reason, you can’t access your account, don’t create a new one. Email us instead, and we’ll help you out.


  1. Once logged in, choose Submit a proposal on the home page to submit a paper abstract or other kinds of presentations for inclusion in the PCA/ACA conference. Complete panels (with three to four individual papers) should be submitted as individual papers and area chairs should be contacted regarding the panel.

  2. The submission form will first ask you to pick your topic area and the type of proposal you want to submit. One person cannot be added to more than one paper proposal per conference.

  3. Next, list the email addresses of all the presenters in your proposal. Please note that your co-presenters must already have an account on the website before you can add them to your proposal.

  4. After clicking “Continue” you’ll be able to enter your presentation’s details. Title your presentation using title-case capitalization. You can add italics and other simple formatting both in your title and in your abstract using Markdown, a simple markup language. Abstracts must not exceed 300 words.

Be sure your abstract is free of grammatical, structural, and spelling errors. Be sure everything is correct.

Note: do not add any personal details your abstract, such as email addresses, phone numbers or mailing addresses. Abstracts won’t immediately become public, but they will be used to build the digital conference program.

Submitting complete panels

Presenters must submit their papers individually, and then the organizer should email the area chair to let them know about the composition of the full panel.

Personal information

All presenters must add their academic and/or professional affiliation to their personal profiles. They are also encouraged to add a short bio, which will make the approval process much easier. Bios are visible only to site administrators and area chairs. You can read more information on how to manage your profile on the website.

Submit a proposal now

What’s next

You should receive a response from your area chair within a couple of weeks after the deadline. If your abstract is accepted, you will receive information on registering for the conference after the deadline for abstract submissions. You may also contact your area chair with any questions.