Paper, Poster, or Roundtable Submission

Panel Submission


In order to submit, you have to create a new account every year.

For panel submissions, please have the primary presenter of each paper create a submission through the Panel Submissions site. In order to be scheduled correctly, please ensure that each submission uses the same title in the Panel Title field. 

Prepare your abstract submission using the following guidelines. The more closely you follow these guidelines, the more likely your abstract will be published error-free. Click on the links for Panel or Paper/Poster Submission to submit your abstract. We encourage Panel submissions. Fully formed panels will receive priority in the scheduling process.

For submission questions please consult the Submission FAQs. If you still have a question, contact us at:

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Submission and participation guidelines

  • The official language of the Congress and Congress program is English. Abstracts and panel sessions in other languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, and Turkish are considered and encouraged for the Special Interest Group days.
  • There are two categories of submissions: General Congress and Special Interest Groups, previously called pre-congress days (eg. SIG in Spanish and Portuguese, SIG in Social Work, SIG in Indigenous Qualitative Inquiries, etc.). Please choose one category to submit your abstract.
  • Panel submissions are comprised of at least four (4) but not more than five (5) papers, each paper with full abstract and author information. Proposals with incomplete abstract/author information will not be considered. Panels are guaranteed an 75-minute slot (individual paper presentations are expected to run 12-15 minutes).
  • Abstracts for panels, or individual papers, are limited to 150 words.
  • Each panel requires a chair, which can be self-nominated (during the submission process) or assigned by Congress organizers.
  • We welcome proposals that broadly cover both traditional and experimental approaches to and practices of qualitative research. Our Congress is committed to helping qualitative researchers from all disciplines and all parts of the world participate in an all-inclusive dialogue about the state of the art in qualitative research.
  • All congress sessions take place at venues on the University of Illinois campus.
  • Please follow for A Guide to Disability Resources and Services offered at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Learn more.
  • If you have a request for ASL interpretation services, please contact us by 15 February. Please make requests to with “ASL Interpreter Request” in the subject line.

Instructions for Formatting Your Abstract Titles, the Abstract, and How to Submit

  • Prepare your abstract submission using the following guidelines. The more closely you follow these guidelines, the more likely your abstract will be published error-free.
  • Click on the links for Panel or Paper, Poster, or Roundtable Submission to submit your abstract, through the links provided above.
  • Abstract Text:
    • Plain text.
    • DO NOT cut and paste text from an e-mail into the text-block field (not following this requirement will mean data corruption).
    • 150 words only – this is an absolute limit. The text box space is finite.
    • No soft or hard returns.
    • No bullets, hyphens, or other non-text characters.
    • No footnotes or bibliography.
  • Abstract Titles:
    • Abstract titles should follow the formatting rules found in The Chicago Manual of Style. Here are some general guidelines.
    • Capitalize the first, last, and all major words in between (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and some conjunctions)
    • Lowercase prepositions, regardless of length (in, over, between, on, above, through)
    • Lowercase the definite and indefinite articles (a, an, the)
    • Lowercase conjunctions (and, or, but, for, nor)
    • Hyphenated words-always capitalize the first and second word (Part-Time)
    • Examples:
      • Faculty Learning Community: Experiences with Qualitative Data Analysis Software Melissa Freeman, University of Georgia
      • In Search of Mother: Defining a Mother-Centered Theory for Understanding the Mothering Practices of Poor and Working Class Black Women. Amira Millicent Davis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Authors/Contributors:
    • List authors/contributors with first name, middle initial (optional), and last name
      (i.e., Norman K. Denzin, Jonathan Wyatt, James Salvo)
    • Include affiliation for each author — department, university
      (i.e., Norman K. Denzin, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Submission
    • Please note that your online submission (abstract) will be used as the text for the final program and abstract e-book (Once the program is ready, all abstracts are published online in our page and downloadable).