Paper Submission

Guidelines for submitting papers and assessment criteria

Paper submission for the VI Brazilian Conference for Augmentative and Alternative Communication is open from December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015. The abstracts should be submitted online on the event site.

Analysis results will be sent by email on February 28


  • Oral Communications
  • Posters

Assessment criteria and submission guidelines for Oral Communications and Posters

The papers submitted to the Conference in an expanded abstract format will be evaluated by two independent reviewers who are professionals with renowned competence and experience in the field, with arbitration by a third reviewer for cases in which there is a discrepancy of opinion, at the criteria of the Scientific Committee.

The conference language is Portuguese.

On approval, the paper will be included in the Scientific Program after at least one of the authors who is not a guest speaker has paid the registration fee by February 28, 2015, at the latest. The maximum number of papers by one author (or as a co-author) to be accepted is six. No submissions with underlying commercial interests in AAC will be accepted.

The reviewers will not analyze papers of their own authorship, authored by someone from their own research group, or from their own institution.

Papers must be submitted within one of this event’s nine thematic areas.

All submissions will be analyzed according to the following criteria:

  • Reference to one of the theme territories of the Conference;
  • Originality;
  • Scientific relevance;
  • Strict adherence to format guidelines.

The papers must comply to current national ethical standards, and present, when possible, the approval report by the Ethics Committee. Unfinished on-going research projects that do not present results will not be accepted.

Experience reports by AAC users will be evaluated according to relevance and to their contribution to the field and will be included in the program at the discretion of the Scientific Committee. In these cases we suggest that the papers be prepared in co-authorship with a responsible professional. If the AAC user is not to present the paper himself or herself, there should be explicit assent on his or her part or from the legal representative or the institution involved, when appropriate.

The final decision on paper submissions and decisions regarding unanticipated situations will be decided at the discretion of the Scientific Committee.

Ethical aspects and publication in the Conference Proceedings

The approved papers will be presented at the Conference in the categories in which they were submitted or, if indicated, in another category suggested by the reviewers at the discretion of the Scientific Committee. The short abstracts will be published in the program, and the expanded abstracts and full papers will be published in the Proceedings DVD in digital format with an ISBN number.

All authors whose papers have been approved must follow the ethical guidelines for respecting the privacy and confidentiality of the persons referred to in oral or poster presentations. Images, photographs or video and audio recordings may be used only with the explicit consent of the person portrayed or his or her legal representative or of the institution he or she is associated with, as appropriate.

Guidelines for paper submission

Declaration of Interest

Authors must declare that they do not hold financial or commercial interest in the expanded abstracts and in their presentation if approved.

Abstract Format

Short abstracts must be submitted in Word, with simple spacing, in a single paragraph, without references. The short abstracts will be published in the Conference Program, and they should contain from 150 to a maximum of 250 words.

The expanded abstracts should be submitted in Word – Arial 11 font, with 1,5 spacing, without author or institutional identification within the body of the text, and they should include bibliographic references. The title must have no more than 15 words, in capital letters. The expanded abstracts should contain a minimum of 1500 words and a maximum of 2500 words, including a maximum of 10 references and a Declaration of Interest. The expanded abstract will be published in the Conference Proceedings DVD.

Both abstracts should contain introduction, aims, methods, results and conclusions.

The reports of cases or experiences by professionals should contain: introduction (presentation, importance and theme justification), objectives, results and final conclusions.

The participants whose papers have been approved may send in the full paper by March 15 to be included in the Conference Proceedings DVD.

Format of full paper:

  • Title in bold face block letters, centralized, with a maximum of 15 words;
  • Names of authors in direct order, justified to the right, in capitals and small letters; the first author is understood to be the paper presenter;
  • Institutional affiliation for each author;
  • Indication de grant organization that funded the study, when appropriate;
  • Size of complete text: 3500 to 5500 words;
  • Margins: 2,5 cm on each side;
  • Spacing between lines: 1,5
  • Font: Arial 11
  • Images, graphics and tables should contain numbered subtitles indicated in the text. Images and photographs may be used only with the explicit consent of the person whose image is portrayed or his or her legal representative, or that of the institution in question, if appropriate.
  • References and quotations must adhere strictly to the Brazilian ABNT guidelines.

Please note: Unforeseen situations will be analyzed by the members of the Scientific Committee for the VI Brazilian Conference for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
The Ad Hoc Reviser Committee is made up of researchers with Master’s and Doctoral degrees who have renowned expertise in AAC, including the members of the ISAAC-Brazil Chapter Scientific Committee, conference guest speakers and members of the Conference Working Committee.