Balisage: The Markup Conference
Instructions for Authors
Papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference. Talks, based on the accepted
papers, will be 30 minutes long, followed by 15 minutes for questions.
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
- Submissions must be:
- Full papers in final or near-final draft
- Encoded in XML, using the Balisage tag set (see the page Balisage Tag Set and Submission Guidelines)
- All new material (previously presented only at small, local events and not
- Received on time
- Authors of accepted papers are expected to:
- One or more authors of an accepted paper are expected to:
- Attend Balisage (all speakers are eligible for a discounted registration fee as
described in Registration details)
- Present a 30 minute talk, in English, based on the paper
- Answer questions about the paper, in English, after the presentation
- Participate in the entire conference
- Balisage will:
- Solicit peer reviews of all submissions meeting minimum criteria (as described on
the Peer Review page)
- Notify authors of acceptance or rejection by the date posted
- Provide a discounted registration fee for all authors of accepted papers who attend
the conference (see Registration details)
- Publish all accepted papers in the conference preliminary Proceedings (on line) for which we have copyright
releases (as described below)
- After the conference, publish any final, revised versions of papers in the final Proceedings, along with any speaker's on-site
materials (slides, demonstration code, etc.) provided to us
- Note: if a paper is not presented at the conference as scheduled because none
of its authors are in attendance, it will be removed from the online proceedings
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.
Making a Successful Submission
Draft papers should be detailed enough to allow peer reviewers to judge the relevance of
the topic, the interest of the results, and the quality and technical merit of presentation.
No less than in final versions, bibliographic references to relevant work should be
provided; claims that there is no relevant published work may be cause for skepticism from
If the peer reviewers find that your draft paper has insufficient detail to evaluate your
work, there will not be time for you to revise your submission before the end of the peer
review period. In other words: if you don't send in a paper with enough substance to be
evaluated, your submission will not be accepted, however exciting the topic.
Authors of Balisage papers, especially those who have not participated in Balisage before,
may be interested in descriptions of the Balisage Peer Review and
Paper Selection processes.
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 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.
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
- Make visuals (slides) that everyone in the audience can read:
- Use large fonts
- Maximum of 7 lines per slide
- No red text (it is very hard to see from the back of the room)
- Use the microphone
- Talk about your topic, guided by your slides or an outline
DO NOT READ your presentation
- Practice your talk before the conference
If you have any questions on any of the above, or any problem creating your paper, please
send email or call Debbie Lapeyre (+1 301/315-9633)
or Tommie Usdin (+1 301/315-9634).
Please help us make Balisage: The Markup Conference exciting and lively. See you in
Rockville, MD (just outside Washington, DC on the Metro Red Line)!
C. M. Sperberg-McQueen
B. Tommie Usdin