Call for Abstracts
YOUTH RESEARCHERS' FORUM
DEFINITION OF YOUNG RESEARCHER
Those who are postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows or researchers under the age of 40.
Please prepare abstracts to include the following key elements, which will be outlined in the Online Abstract Submission System:
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- Submitting Author Details
- Co-Authors and Affiliations: Researchers on the project (include affiliation)
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- Title: The title should clearly and succinctly reflect the contents of the abstract. Avoid abbreviations.
- Statement of research problem
- Background to the statement of research problem
- Hypotheses/research questions
- Aim and objectives
- Research design and methodology
- Significance of research
- Expected outcome and contributions of research
- Review you submission
- Language: English
- Font: Arial 10pt
- Spacing: Single spacing in and between paragraphs
- Title: Max 20 words.
- Text: Max 350 words
- Keyword(s): Max 5
ABSTRACT CRITERIA FOR ACCEPTANCE
- Is the title well defined?
- Is the problem/line of enquiry clearly defined?
- Is the basic research problem well formulated, or is it poorly and vaguely structured?
- Is it briefly and concisely stated?
- Does the researcher indulge in jargon which obscures rather than explains what the research problem is?
- Has there been an adequate description of the background to the problem, either under a separate heading or as part of the literature?
- Has the area of concern regarding the problem been identified, i.e., has the need that exists to research the problem been clarified?
- Have the basic terms and concepts been clarified, either under a separate heading, or as a suitable sub-heading
- To what extent are the conceptual framework and theoretical assumptions clearly stated?
- Has the study been clearly delineated under a separate heading or sub-heading, i.e., have the boundaries of the research been stated?
- Has a suitable hypothesis (or hypotheses) been formulated, or has a suitable research question (or research questions) been stated?
- Have the objectives been stated clearly?
- If there are more than three objectives, have they been divided into main and subsidiary objectives?
- Is the project and research design well-structured and outlined, or is it poorly articulated?
- Has the research methodology been articulated clearly?
- Is there a clear correspondence between the stated aims of the research and the chosen methodology?
- Is there a mere statement of the qualitative or quantitative research methods to be used, or is there justification for their use?
- If measuring instruments were designed in other contexts, have they been suitably evaluated in terms of relevance and appropriateness to the South African context, or tested for their validity before use?
- Have the sampling methodology and data collection been adequately clarified?
- Is the analysis appropriate to the aims of the research?
- To what extent will the research make an original and creative contribution to knowledge (at doctoral level)?
- Alternatively, to what extent will the research analyse and diagnose a particular problem, set it out logically, arrive at conclusions and make proposals for the solution of the problem (at master’s level)?
- Why is it important to undertake this research? Whom will it benefit or to whom will it be important?
- Is the proposed research likely to promote further investigation within and/or across disciplines and fields?
- Has the expected outcome (or outcomes) of the research been clearly identified?
- Is the problem researchable and is it feasible? Do the preliminary data and available resources support its feasibility?
- Does the candidate’s academic profile or potential support his/her ability to accomplish the project?
- Does the supervisor (or supervisors) have a research and supervision profile to support the candidate?
- Is the proposal well-structured or poorly compiled? If the latter, what should be done to make it a well-structured proposal?
- Has the research proposal been proofread and edited?
- Results will be communicated via email. (Please check your SPAM)
- All submissions will be reviewed by the Abstract Committee and scored based on the Abstract Criteria.
- Awards and prizes will be presented at the Closing Session accordingly.
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