Abstract Guidelines

This information is provided as-is for historical reference.

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Submit your abstract in two easy steps

STEP 1 – Fill out your primary author information on the MTL Resume Website. This step is mandatory as some of this information will appear next to your abstract. By submitting your abstract, you agree to have your abstract published in the MARC 2018 Conference Proceedings.

Example of finished, formatted MARC2018 abstract page with image and without.

STEP 2 – Prepare your abstract using the guidelines below and SUBMIT HERE. Note: abstract submission is a part of registration, so you will also register for the conference at the same time.

Use the provided template and submit your file as lastname_keyword.doc. Authors have two options for abstracts:

The image should convey a high-level idea of your research topic (refer to the examples below). NO GRAPHS allowed – they will be removed from your abstract for publishing. The image will appear in a horizontal space beneath your abstract text, so landscape-oriented images work best. Submit your image as a separate attachment, with a name lastname_keyword.jpg or lastname_keyword.tif (only .jpg/.jpeg or .tif/.tiff formats accepted).

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These images are great for the abstracts!

They give a clear idea of what the research was about.

Using a spectral converter to improve photovoltaic conversion. Font size can be bigger Vertical GaN power transistors on Bulk GaN substrate Novel inverter circuit to operate from very low voltages Wearable EEG system. Needs a bigger font size


Piezoelectric transducer array for medical imaging. Font size can be bigger. Microscopic image of bacteria using expansion mini-microscopy Electrospun piezoelectric microfibers for wearable energy harvesting

These images should be avoided for the abstracts!

No graphs, please. Even when they’re well-made like this. The image is too busy for the small space available. The image is too small and the details are too faint to be read. No tables, either.


Tips for writing a good abstract

  1. Keep in mind that most of the audience, while technically savvy, is very unfamiliar with your field.
  2. Focus on clearly explaining what the problem is and the impact of your solution; outline your solution method at a high level, but avoid details.
  3. Make clear what stage the project is at, and therefore what kind of evidence will be available (e.g. calculations vs simulations vs experiments).
  4. Be factual, descriptive, and objective; avoid conjecture.
  5. Avoid jargon, acronyms; if you absolutely must use a specialized term, define or explain it.
  6. Note your sponsorship below the title/authors (see examples and template).
  7. Use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation.
  8. Be as concise as possible.


Avoid common problems to improve your article

Avoid passive voice

ORIGINAL            The modified instrument designs were developed by the Glucose Monitor Group.

EDITED                The Glucose Monitor Group (GMG) developed the modified instrument designs.


Eliminate deadwood and roundabout words and expressions.

ORIGINAL             It is the purpose of this section of the report to discuss the increased heat output of numeric co-processors.

EDITED            This section discusses the increasing heat output of numeric co-processors.


Avoid Doublings

ORIGINAL            We will discuss and explain any special factors and considerations in a separate report.

EDITED            We will discuss any special considerations in a separate report.


Simplify Complex Sentence Patterns

ORIGINAL            We have developed a testing method which consists of a set of uncomplicated, dependable, and economical bioassays that cover most significant toxic reactions that might be expected by which we can identify the toxicity of a sample without knowing its chemical contents.

EDITED            We developed a testing method to identify the toxicity of a sample, even if the chemical contents are unknown. The test’s bioassays are uncomplicated, dependable, and economical.


Keep Parallel Thought Parallel

ORIGINAL            The T Cell statisticians were given training in organizing technical data and in how to present their conclusions.

EDITED            The T Cell statisticians learned how to organize data and present conclusions.


Avoid roundabout expressions

Wordy Improved
at the present time now
by means of with, by
due to the fact that because, since
for the purpose of for
in a number of cases some
in relation to toward, to
in the event of if
in view of because, since