Review Criteria

NACIS welcomes abstract submissions covering a wide spectrum of cartography topics. Professional cartographers sharing their production methods or their most recent map, academics desiring to communicate their cartographic research, map librarians interested in conveying information about their map collections—all who have a passion for maps are encouraged to submit an abstract for the conference.

In an effort to improve the quality of and ensure consistency across presentations, all abstracts will go through a review process. The review process will consist of evaluating all abstracts submitted for the main conference and PCD. Live demonstrations of mapping practices are encouraged for PCD. Software and business vendors are encouraged to focus their presentations on useful new tools that improve cartographic workflow, production efficiency, technique, or design.

All abstracts will be reviewed using the following three criteria:

  1. Quality: Does the abstract clearly present a focused presentation topic (and was the submission deadline met)?
  1. Content: Is the presentation topic—research oriented, tools and techniques, theoretical perspectives, etc.—of interest to the NACIS community?
  1. Impact: What is the value of the topic and the level of insight it will provides?

Highly rated abstracts will be accepted into the conference. Abstracts with a lower rating may be asked to revise and resubmit or be rejected.

The NACIS Conference Abstract Review Committee is composed of the Vice President, the Vice President-Elect, and the PCD organizer.