Call for papers

The CAA2020 call for papers is now open.  You are invited to submit an abstract for a paper or poster on any aspect of computer applications or quantitative methods in archaeology.  Abstracts for papers should be submitted to a specific session.  A list of accepted sessions can be found at https://2020.caaconference.org/sessions/.  Each session will follow one of the following formats:

  1. Standard – with a series of 20-minute papers addressing a theme presented in advance by the organisers;
  2. Round Table – with a pre-conference position paper published by the organisers, followed by an invitation for researchers to submit a response in advance or to participate in open-forum discussion at the session;
  3. Other – with the format decided by the organisers, exploring innovative and creative ways for participants to engage with the session.

Please check the format of a session carefully before submitting an abstract as each format has different requirements (see guidance below).  Choose the session which best matches the topic of your paper.  If none of the sessions are appropriate for your paper, you should contact the local organiser at caa2020@arch.ox.ac.uk.  Abstracts for posters do not need to be submitted to a specific session.

Papers and posters from Students and Early Career Researchers are actively encouraged.  The Nick Ryan Bursary (https://caa-international.org/bursaries/nick-ryan-bursary/) will be awarded to the best student paper at CAA2020.  A shortlist of 8 papers will be selected for the Nick Ryan Bursary by the CAA International Scientific Committee.  Shortlisted papers will be presented in a dedicated Nick Ryan session.  Students who wish to be nominated for the Nick Ryan Bursary should submit their abstract to a standard/other format session and check the corresponding tick box when they submit their abstract.

Abstracts should be broad enough to reach all interested researchers, regardless of affiliation or background.  The official language of the conference is English.  All abstracts should be submitted in English.  You will be required to endorse the CAA ethics statement as part of your submission (https://caa-international.org/about/ethics-policy/).

Submissions for standard/other format sessions are limited to one paper per first named author.  Round tables and lightning talks or similar presentations are excluded from this limit.

The CAA2020 call for papers will stay open until 31st October 2019.  Any queries related to the CAA2020 call for papers should be directed to caa2020@arch.ox.ac.uk.

Abstracts can be submitted via the button below (coming soon).

Guidance on abstracts for different format sessions can be found below.

Standard Sessions

Standard Sessions

Extended abstracts (1,000 words maximum, plus 3 citations) will be required for papers submitted to standard sessions.  The content of your abstract should be appropriate for the nature of the paper you intend to present.

For scientific papers, your abstract could include:

  • Introduction – an overview of the background to your research and the research questions that will be addressed by your paper.
  • Methods and materials – a summary of the sources of data used and the methods employed in your research;
  • Results – a description of the results of your research;
  • Discussion – a discussion of the wider implications of your research;
  • References – up to 3 citations (cited using the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date format, see below).

For discursive or theoretical papers, your abstract could include:

  • Context – an overview of the current state of the art and the problems that will be addressed by your paper.
  • Main argument – a summary of the key points in your argument;
  • Applications or implications – a discussion of the wider implications of your paper for computer applications and quantitative methods in archaeology;
  • References – up to 3 citations (cited using the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date format, see below).

Abstracts should contain sufficient information to allow the CAA Scientific Committee to evaluate the scientific content of your paper.  You may include a single figure (see below) that shows the key results or main argument of your paper.

Citations

Citations should use the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date style.  It is recommended that you use a citation manger.  Style files can be either installed directly from within your citation manger or downloaded from:

If you do not use a citation manager, please make sure you carefully follow the examples for the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date style from the Citation Quick Guide(https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-2.html).

Figures

A single figure (optional) that shows the key results or main argument of your paper can be submitted with your abstract.  Figures should be submitted in a format that can be displayed in a standard web browser and should have a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.


Roundtables

Round Tables

Round table organisers will be expected to nominate participants by the deadline for the Call for Papers.  Participants who are nominated by the round table organisers will not need to submit abstracts as part of the Call for Papers.  If you would like to participate in a round table, please email the local organiser at caa2020@arch.ox.ac.uk who will forward your email to the organiser of the roundtable.  Round tables are excluded from the limit of one paper per first named author, i.e. a participant can both participate in a roundtable and submit an abstract for a paper in a standard session or other session.


Other Sessions

Other Sessions

Extended abstracts (1,000 words maximum, plus 3 citations) will be required for papers submitted to other sessions.  The content of your abstract should be appropriate for both the format of the other session and the nature of the paper you intend to present.

For scientific papers, your abstract could include:

  • Introduction – an overview of the background to your research and the research questions that will be addressed by your paper.
  • Methods and materials – a summary of the sources of data used and the methods employed in your research;
  • Results – a description of the results of your research;
  • Discussion – a discussion of the wider implications of your research;
  • References – up to 3 citations (cited using the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date format, see below).

For discursive or theoretical papers, your abstract could include:

  • Context – an overview of the current state of the art and the problems that will be addressed by your paper.
  • Main argument – a summary of the key points in your argument;
  • Applications or implications – a discussion of the wider implications of your paper for computer applications and quantitative methods in archaeology;
  • References – up to 3 citations (cited using the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date format, see below).

Abstracts should contain sufficient information to allow the CAA Scientific Committee to evaluate the scientific content of your paper.  You may include a single figure (see below) that shows the key results or main argument of your paper.

Lightning talks or similar contributions are excluded from the limit of one paper per first named author, i.e. a participant can submit an abstract for both a lightning talk and a 20-minute paper.  Participants in other session formats will still have the opportunity to submit a paper for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

Citations

Citations should use the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date style.  It is recommended that you use a citation manger.  Style files can be either installed directly from within your citation manger or downloaded from:

If you do not use a citation manager, please make sure you carefully follow the examples for the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date style from the Citation Quick Guide(https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-2.html).

Figures

A single figure (optional) that shows the key results or main argument of your paper can be submitted with your abstract.  Figures should be submitted in a format that can be displayed in a standard web browser and should have a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.


Posters

Posters

Abstracts (200-500 words, plus 3 citations) will be required for posters.  Your abstract should include:

  • Background – a summary of the topic or research question addressed by the poster;
  • Subject – a description of the methods used and key results (scientific posters), or main argument (discursive or theoretical posters);
  • Discussion – a discussion of the wider implications of your research for computer applications and quantitative methods in archaeology;
  • References – up to 3 citations (cited using the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date format, see below).

Your abstract should contain sufficient information to allow the CAA Scientific Committee to evaluate the scientific content of your poster.  You may include a single figure (see below) that shows the key results or main argument of your paper.

Citations

Citations should use the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date style.  It is recommended that you use a citation manger.  Style files can be either installed directly from within your citation manger or downloaded from:

If you do not use a citation manager, please make sure you carefully follow the examples for the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date style from the Citation Quick Guide(https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-2.html).

Figures

A single figure (optional) that shows the key results or main argument of your paper can be submitted with your abstract.  Figures should be submitted in a format that can be displayed in a standard web browser and should have a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.


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