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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Submitters are allowed to be first author or sole presenter TWICE for the entire OTESSA conference. Additional participation as co-authors not presenting as sole presenter is allowed.
  • Authors must upload two files: 1) proposal (up to 1200 words, not including references), and 2) statement to address audience engagement and interaction (up to 250 words)
  • Authors have reviewed the evaluation criteria for submissions for their relevant submission type (e.g., research-oriented or practice-oriented).
  • Proposals must conceal the identity of the author(s). Citing one’s own work is permissible, but authors must ensure their identity is not revealed. Proposals that do not comply may be rejected or returned for revision.
  • OTESSA expects each author submitting to the conference to also participate in the review process. Please ensure you have updated your OJS profile to indicate your willingness to serve as a reviewer.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the APA stylistic and bibliographic requirements.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided and hyperlinked.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses 11-point font or greater san-serif style font (e.g., Ariel, Calibri, Verdana); employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URLs).
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within text at appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • For proceedings submissions only, the text being considered has not been previously published, nor is it before another review board for consideration (or provide an explanation in "Comments to the Editor").
  • In the "Comments to the Editor" section: Please list any material, digital, or accommodations needs related to your proposal or your presence at OTESSA.
  • In the "Comments to the Editor" section: Authors may enter names of any potential reviewers perceived as having a negative bias against them or their work. In these cases, steps will be taken to ensure a fair review.

Author Guidelines

For COMPLETE submission guidelines, please visit http://otessa.org/2020.

Submissions includes:

      • Title and names of all authors and presenters;
      • An abstract (max 200 words) to be entered in a field separate from the submission document;
      • An uploaded proposal (up to 1200 words, not including references or appendices);
      • An uploaded statement to address audience, engagement, and interaction (up to 250 words). 

All submissions should use the American Psychological Association (APA) formatting and style guide.

Evaluation Criteria

Research-oriented submission criteria:

  1. Significance to the field, to practice, to society, to OTESSA mission/focus
  2. Relevance to conference theme 
  3. Clarity (of objectives or purpose, of writing, of arguments, etc.)
  4. Situatedness (i.e., has the author situated their work in the broader research literature, provided perspective[s] or theoretical framework)
  5. Substantiated conclusions and/or recommendations
  6. Methodological and analytic rigour as required by the inquiry approach employed

Practice-oriented subimssion criteria:

  1. Significance to the field, to practice, to society, to OTESSA mission/focus
  2. Relevance to conference theme 
  3. Clarity (of objectives or purpose, of writing, of arguments, etc.)
  4. Situatedness (i.e., has the author situated their work in the broader context of similar work conducted by others)
  5. Substantiated conclusions, and/or recommendations

Proceedings Option

Authors submitting to the conference have the option to have their proposal considered for publication as a proceeding, in addition to consideration as a presentation. Those opting to submit for a presentation only will receive either an Accept or Reject decision. Those opting to submit for a presentation plus a proceeding will receive one of the following review decisions: Accept for both proceeding and presentation (revisions may be invited); Reject for proceeding/Accept for presentation; Reject for both proceeding and presentation.

Open Access Policy

All submissions that opt into and are accepted for the proceedings collection will be published open access under the Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 International License. Those authors who do not wish to publish their work as open access proceedings may opt to submit their work for presentation only (no proceedings).

Language Option

The official language of OTESSA is English; however, submissions can be accepted in either English or French, which are the official languages of Canada. We are also pleased to accept Indigenous language submissions. Authors are encouraged to sign up as reviewers. Under "areas of interest," enter "English reviewer," "French reviewer," or "Indigenous language reviewer" to assist us with the review assignment process.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this conference site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of the OTESSA conference and journal, and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.