BUCLD 38: Proceedings of the 38th annual
Boston University Conference on Language Development
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Information for contributors
Submission deadline: January 25, 2014
The Proceedings of the 38th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development will be published in the spring by Cascadilla Press. All speakers and alternates are invited to contribute their papers to the proceedings. Posters are published in a separate proceedings supplement.
To publish your paper in the proceedings, you will need to upload a PDF file of your paper by January 25 along with an abstract for your paper and a scan of your signed publication rights form. Also mail your signed publication rights form (signed in ink on paper by ALL authors) by January 25 to the BUCLD office. Earlier is always better. The volume editors will check your paper's formatting and let you know what changes to make. Once you have a final PDF file of your paper, you'll need to mail a printout to the BUCLD office.
Our formatting requirements are at www.cascadilla.com/bucld-style.html along with complete instructions.
Upload your paper in PDF format and your abstract in text format at http://www.bu.edu/bucld/proceedings/submission/. The BUCLD office address is:
96 Cummington St., Room 244
Boston, MA 02215
phone number for use on shipping documents when required: 617-353-3085
e-mail for the proceedings editors: firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone who registered for the full 3 days of the conference will receive a free copy of the proceedings. All authors who contribute papers to the proceedings are entitled to a 20% discount on additional copies of the proceedings. Just mention on your order that you are a contributor to the volume. (This discount does not apply to shipping costs and cannot be combined with the prepublication discount.)
Copies of the proceedings will be available from Cascadilla Press in the spring. Thanks for your time, and if you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Step 1: Finish your paper, proofread it, and format it according to the style sheet below. Make a PDF file of your paper.
Step 2: Fill out and sign the publication rights form, and scan it in.
Step 3: Write a short abstract.
Step 4: Upload your paper, your abstract, and the scan of your rights form by January 25 (see link above). On or before that date, mail your signed publication rights form.
Step 5: Make formatting changes that the volume editors tell you about, and upload a corrected PDF file of your paper.
Step 6: Once your paper's formatting is approved by the volume editors, mail a printout of the final PDF file to the BUCLD office. Also mail the printout of your abstract.
BUCLD Proceedings publication rights form
Go to http://www.cascadilla.com/bucld-rights.html
Future publication in a journal
We sometimes receive questions about whether authors can publish a proceedings paper and later publish a journal article that overlaps with that paper or expands on that paper. It is common and appropriate to publish a proceedings paper on a topic, continue to develop your research and ideas, and then publish a more developed journal article.
Here is a statement from the editors of Language Acquisition: "A paper overlapping with another previously published in conference proceedings can be considered for publication in Language Acquisition, provided that the submitted paper includes substantially more developed arguments, data or discussion."
Language explains in their Notes to Contributors: "If some of the results in a submitted paper have been published elsewhere, the paper you submit should build on those results and should develop the ideas and evidence along new lines or in greater depth."
You do not need to obtain permission from Cascadilla Press to republish any identical or further developed portions from a paper you published in the BUCLD Proceedings, because you retain the copyright to your paper. You should acknowledge the earlier publication appropriately, of course.
Instructions for abstracts
When you send us your paper, please also send us a one-paragraph abstract of your paper on a separate page. This is not for inclusion in the proceedings, but rather to make it easier for other people to find your paper. The abstract should be written in third person, rather than first person, and should not be more than 250 words. The abstract must be one single paragraph. Examples must be contained in the paragraph, not on separate lines. Do not use any phonetic characters, phonetic fonts, or other specialty fonts. Put "abstract" at the beginning, followed by the title and author. No formatting of any sort is required for the abstract.
Please also upload your abstract at: http://www.bu.edu/bucld/proceedings/submission/
Instructions for your PDF file
We need a PDF file of your paper before the printed copy. This does not replace the printed copy that you will have to mail in after your PDF file is approved, and we will only be able to accept PDF files (not Word, WordPerfect, TeX, or anything else).
It is very important that the PDF file be exactly what you want. The best way to ensure this is to create your PDF file, print out that PDF file for yourself, and check the PDF printout carefully to make sure that no fonts are missing or changed, no material goes beyond the margins, and your images all look correct.
When you generate the PDF file for your paper, make sure you embed ALL fonts. If you use a phonetic character font, you must embed that font or else the published book may contain arbitrary letters or symbols instead of the characters you intended.
After your PDF file is approved, you will have to mail a printout of that approved PDF file (not a printout of a different PDF file, and not a printout from Word or LaTeX). Check your printout very carefully before you mail it, because any problems in that printout are very likely to appear in the published book.