According to the conference:
"Guidelines for Research Papers – Papers should not exceed 5,000 words, approximately 8 pages in ACM conference format (available at the site), including figures and references."
Ok, so I have 8 pages (7.5 pages to be precise), but my word count is 7000+ : (
Would this be acceptable? : /
They may not reject your paper.
But your paper just appears to be wordy.
Based on the word count, you may not have summarized your findings in table.
A good paper should have some nice figures... :/
Similarly, your powerpoint presentation should not be all words...
Guidelines are there for a reason - and yes, they will reject your paper if it is too long, or tell you to cut it down. 7000+ words is MASSIVE for a paper. If you have 7.5 pages but over 7000 words, your paper is clearly not in the correct format. Ask our supervisor for some guidance on where they think you could afford to lose some words.
I am intrigued to know how you managed to get 7,000 words into 8 pages!.. in fact I was so intrigued I tried it... I managed it by using size 10 font, Ariel narrow and single line spacing. Of course though, the guidance for your particular conference will have it's own rules.
.. Keep to the word counts and adhere to any other rules they stipulate - they are there for a reason - or it will be rejected outright. Academic writing is all about being able to communicate clearly and concisely... it sounds like one or more of your sections is far too lengthy. Good luck! :)
I have just submitted a conference paper which is about 8700 words in 18 pages.
(They suggest 3000 to 6000 words.)
Anyway, they have already accepted it as Oral Presentation. So i feel safe to do it...
But maybe Dan wants to take a risk. just to check if this conference is interested in money? ;)
I recently marked an essay competition with two other judges. We each had to give every essay a score out of ten according to a mark scheme, but deduct one mark if it was over the word count.That meant that if an essay was too long, the maximum it could score from the three judges was a total of 27 out of 30, no matter how brilliant it was.
The highest score I awarded was 9.5, but that person had gone over the word limit so it became 8.5. The winning entry had scored a 9 from me. And it was well below the word limit.
So, you can risk it if you like, but you might get penalised so that your submission is not accepted. Or they might just read the first 5000 words and stop there (electronic submissions may just cut it off). The electronic system might not even work if you're over the limit.
Ask someone for help with this as they may be a bit more detached about what can go.
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