Information for Submissions

The deadline for Posters and Working Groups is midnight (Pacific Time) on Saturday, February 20. The deadline for Research Reports and Brief Research Reports has now passed and proposals are no longer being accepted.

Link to All-Academic Submission Page

NEW THIS YEAR: Proposals will be accepted in ENGLISH, SPANISH, or FRENCH. See below for more details.

Things to keep in mind as you prepare your proposal

  • We encourage you to consider your work through the perspective of the conference theme Sin Fronteras: Questioning Borders with(in) Mathematics Education. However, we welcome all proposals that further a deeper understanding of teaching and learning mathematics even if they do not directly address the theme.
  • PME-NA proposals are full papers that have been blinded for review. Once proposals have been reviewed and accepted, authors are asked to unblind them (and, if they are in Spanish or French, translate them into English) and resubmit them by the paper deadline (see deadlines for proposal and then for accepted papers below).
  • There are four different session types: Research Reports, Brief Research Reports, Posters, and Working Groups.
  • All proposals must be submitted electronically. Please convert your word document to a .pdf prior to uploading the proposal in All Academic. Please verify that the .pdf proposal is within the maximum page limits prior to uploading to All Academic.
  • Proposals should not use endnote or other automatic reference software.
  • Proposals may be submitted in English, Spanish, or French. Proposals will be reviewed by teams of reviewers with expertise in the language of the submission. Accepted proposals in Spanish or French will need to be translated by the author(s) into English by May 13, 2016. These proposals will be published in both languages (English and Spanish/French) in the proceedings.
  • Presentations may be made in English or Spanish. Translation will be available for plenaries and designated bilingual sessions. If presenting in Spanish, PowerPoint slides should be prepared in both English and Spanish.
  • The proposal deadlines have changed: February 1, 2016 by 11:59pm Pacific for Research Reports and Brief Research Reports and February 20, 2016 by 11:59pm Pacific for Posters and Working Groups
  • Limits on the number of proposals submitted by one person:
    • An individual may serve as the primary presenting author for only one research report.
    • An individual may be co-author on multiple research report proposals, however, the (co) author who electronically submits a proposal is committing to present the work at the conference and can do so for only one research report proposal. This person must also register for the conference by the speaker registration deadline for an accepted proposal to remain on the program.
    • An individual may serve as the primary presenting author for not more than two posters.
    • Currently, there is no limitation on the number of brief research reports a person can submit as the primary presenting author.
    • Thus, an individual may submit one or more brief research reports and up to 2 poster proposals in addition to one research report proposal.
  • Page limits for all session types include references.
  • It is essential to carefully format proposals according to the proposal guidelines.
  • For those who find it useful, we provide a proposal template.
  • Reviewers will be asked to rate each proposal on specific criteria tailored to different types of proposals.

Before entering the All-Academic Submission Page to submit a proposal, consider the following:

  • If you are submitting a joint proposal
    • The person submitting the proposal should be a presenting author as it is that person who will need to register by the speaker registration deadline of August 1, 2016 for an accepted proposal to remain in the program.
    • Each co-author will need to create an account in the All Academic system. This can be quickly done by following the directions on the All Academic PME-NA 2016 login page. The person submitting the proposal will then be able to identify them as co-authors.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: We are asking that each person submitting a proposal also serve as a reviewer for up to 3 other proposals. By involving all potential presenters in the reviewing process, we hope to more evenly distribute the responsibility for reviewing. When you first log in and establish your account, you will be asked to answer several questions that will help us assign proposals for you to review. Thank you for supporting our conference by participating in this process.
  • As part of the submission process, you will be asked questions to provide information to help with reviewing and with organizing the program and proceedings:
    • Identify one strand.
    • Provide a maximum 15-word title, centered, all uppercase, bold, Times New Roman 12-point font. The proposal title may be in English, Spanish, or French.
    • Provide a maximum 100-word description (this will appear in the conference program) The description may be in English, Spanish, or French.
    • Provide a maximum 10-line (15 lines for Working Groups) abstract in English, Spanish, or French. (This is separate from the 100-word description for the conference program. Many people read the descriptions and abstracts to decide whether to attend a presentation, so make sure that both succinctly capture the essence of your paper.)
    • Choose the type of research (quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods or theoretical)
    • Identify up to four relevant key words
    • Indicate your willingness to present in a different format than the one proposed (e.g., a Brief Research Report or Poster if submitting a Research Report)

Specific steps for preparing your proposal

  1. Draft your proposal within the provided template
  2. Make sure the unblinded version of your proposal does not exceed the maximum page-length limits (see below)
  3. Go through and blind your proposal (see below). Note: this will decrease the length, but you’ll need that length later when you un-blind, so do not add text
  4. Convert your word document to a .pdf on your own computer
  5. Check the page length of the .pdf – are you still within the page specifications?
  6. Upload your .pdf to the proposal system

How to blind a proposal

Authors are responsible for removing any information from their proposals that might lead a reviewer to discern their identities or affiliations. All references in the author line, within the text (as citations, footnotes, webpages, etc.), and within the reference list for each author must be blinded. More specifically, change author information at top of the proposal to say "Author" and "Institution" rather than names. Within the text, mask author’s self-citations of published work for each author and for each citation with any author, regardless of authorship order. Replace your author names with “Author” in both in-text citations and reference entries. For example, instead of “In our analysis we found that… (Bartell & Bieda, 2004)” write “In our analysis we found that… (Authors, 2004).” If in the aforementioned example only Bieda is a proposing author, the citation should still be blinded. Be sure active website links are replaced at this stage with blind placeholders (e.g., PROJECT WEBSITE), that NSF-numbers are blinded (e.g., PROJECT NUMBER), and that references in footnotes or tables are also checked and blinded. Reference entries in the reference list for author self-citations should be re-alphabetized under “A for Authors” rather than leaving the entries in their original placement in the section. Reference entries for “Author” should show only Author and the year. DO NOT include article titles, DOIs, or other identifying information.

Deadlines and page limits

Proposals are due in February. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to unblind and translate papers and resubmit them by May 13, 2016.

Session Type Page Limits (single spaced) Abstract Limit Proposal Due Date Final Paper Due Date
Research Report 8 pages 10 lines February 1, 2016 May 13, 2016
Brief Research Report 4 pages 10 lines February 1, 2016 May 13, 2016
Poster 1 page No Abstract February 20, 2016 May 13, 2016
Working Group 10 pages 15 lines February 20, 2016 May 13, 2016

Questions? Send us an email at pmena2016@email.arizona.edu