Opportunities to Participate
Sample Memos Justifying Balisage Participation
The Deal - Summarized
All papers must be prepared in XML using the Balisage Tag Set (which is a small subset of DocBook V5) and submitted using the file naming conventions described in the page on the Balisage Tag Set and Submission Guidelines.
Due dates for submissions and revisions are listed above. Especially if your paper contains complex formatting requirements (many graphics, unusual characters, large tables, equations) or if you are not experienced encoding documents in XML we urge you to get the paper to us as soon as possible.
Making a Successful Submission
Draft papers should be detailed enough to allow peer reviewers to judge the relevance of the topic, the interest of the results, and the quality and technical merit of presentation. No less than in final versions, bibliographic references to relevant work should be provided; claims that there is no relevant published work may be cause for skepticism from peer reviewers.
If the peer reviewers find that your draft paper has insufficient detail to evaluate your work, there will not be time for you revise your submission before the end of the peer review period. In other words: if you don't send in a paper with enough substance to be evaluated, your submission will not be accepted, however exciting may be its supposed findings.
Publication Agreement and Copyright Release
Prior to the conference, each author of each Balisage paper must sign a publication agreement with us (BalisagePublicationAgreement.pdf). Please print the form, fill in the blanks, sign it, and fax it to Mulberry at +1 301/315-8285. If it is not convenient for all authors of a paper to sign the same copy of the agreement, you may send multiple copies, as long as all authors have signed and provided us with agreements naming the paper.
We do not publish papers or materials (slides, demonstration code or anything provided to us) without securing this license, which is non-exclusive. According to this agreement, we can publish a paper, while its authors retain rights to republish their work as they see fit.
Beyond securing this license, Balisage does not require any rights, in general or in particular, be released by authors of papers in the Proceedings, and will publish papers with whatever copyright notices their authors wish us to provide (as indicated in the agreement). We encourage authors to consider Creative Commons or other open-access licensing arrangements but doing so is entirely at the authors' discretion.
Authors will note that the agreement covers different versions of the papers (in addition to any ancillary materials, such as slides, that authors may provide); in particular, please note that we may make available not only HTML and EPUB versions of the papers, but also XML source code, for users to download, inspect and use, trusting that they will respect any copyrights while doing so.
Preparing your Presentation
If you have any questions on any of the above, or any problem creating your paper, please send email or call Debbie Lapeyre (+1 301/315-9633) or Tommie Usdin (+1 301/315-9634).
Please help us make Balisage: The Markup Conference exciting and lively. See you in Montréal!
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