Abstract submission guidelines

Abstract preparation


The three categories of proposals are: individual papers, posters and round tables.


  • Individual papers are formal presentations on original research by one or more authors.

  • Poster sessions are for displaying research that offers the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the research. Posters are especially effective for presenting work-in-progress, fieldwork and empirical data via charts, graphs and tables.

  • Round tables foster academic discussion around a specific topic and involve a collection of 3 to 5 papers coordinated by a moderator. 


All proposals should represent original and unpublished work that is not yet available to the research community. 


Submissions should be related to either the conference main theme (bilingualism and languages in contact) or any of AESLA’s 10 scientific panels:


  1. Language acquisition and language learning
  2. Language teaching and curriculum design
  3. Language for specific purposes
  4. Language psychology, child language and psycholinguistics
  5. Sociolinguistics
  6. Pragmatics
  7. Discourse analysis
  8. Corpus linguistics, computational linguistics and linguistic engineering
  9. Lexicology and lexicography
  10. Translation and interpreting


Individuals may submit a maximum of 2 proposals, either both proposals with co-authors or 1 as a single author and the other with co-authors.


Abstracts must be:

  • anonymized
  • submitted in English or in Spanish* 
  • no longer than 500 words in length (excluding references) 
  • submitted via the conference website


*Note that the language chosen will be strictly maintained both for the presentation to be delivered at the conference and for the submission of the article for publication in the conference proceedings. 


Abstract submission


In order to present a proposal, each author needs to first create an account. Once you have created an account, you will be able to:

  • edit your profile
  • submit proposals
  • check the status of your submitted proposals


For round tables, the proposal will involve, first, that the moderator and the authors agree on a title for the round table as well as a the corresponding AESLA scientific panel to which they would like to send their proposal. Abstract submission should proceed as follows once both the moderator and the authors access their corresponding accounts:


The moderator: 

  • abstract title: the title followed by the moderator’s surname in parenthesis

    We love language (Smith)

  • abstract topic: select 1 from the 10 scientific panels
  • submission type: Round table (moderators)
  • abstract: describe the proposal for the round table (max. 500 words)


The authors (this needs to be done by each of the authors participating in a round table):

  • abstract title: same title proposed by the moderator followed by the author’s surname in parenthesis

    We love language (Johnson)

  • abstract topic: select the same scientific panel as the moderator
  • submission type: Round table (authors)
  • abstract: describe the individual proposal that is part of the round table (max. 500 words)


This will ensure that all submissions belonging to the same round table (i.e. that of the moderator and those of the participants in the round table) are adequately grouped for revision.



The deadline for abstract submission is October 29th 2018.



Abstract evaluation


All proposals will be evaluated in terms of quality, significance, originality, thematic relevance, and presentation. They will be sent for expert evaluation (double blind peer review) by the coordinators of AESLA’s 10 scientific panels depending on the topic.


Round tables will be evaluated first as a block by the panel coordinators and then as individual presentations by the anonymous reviewers. At least 3 accepted proposals are needed to constitute a round table.


Authors can check the status of their proposals by accessing their accounts. 


The notification of acceptance/rejection will be made in January 7th 2019.