Balisage: The Markup Conference
Instructions for Authors

Papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference. Conference talks, based on the accepted papers, will be 30 minutes long, followed by 20 minutes for questions, answers, and discussion.

Please read and observe all the following instructions. If you have difficulty understanding or following these guidelines, let us know and we will do our best to address your needs.

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.

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 get an image of the signed agreement to Mulberry. We would prefer that you scan or photograph the agreement and email it to [email protected], but it is acceptable to 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 and use EXACTLY the same copyright language.

We do not publish papers or materials (slides, demonstration code or anything provided to us) without securing this license, which is non-exclusive.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.