W2W – Proceedings Guidelines

Waste to Worth 2019

Paper Due: March 1, 2019


Conference proceedings are widely used products of Waste to Worth Conferences. We ask authors to submit a paper for each oral or poster presentation for inclusion in the online proceedings. The following document aims to improve the readability of the proceedings in the online environment.


What is the purpose of the proceedings? Conference attendees refer to the proceedings for detailed information during the conference and many people access them afterwards as a source of information.  The 2017 conference proceedings are available online as an example. Proceedings from the past three conferences generated over 25,000 pageviews in the last year!

How long should my proceedings paper be? We are looking for papers that are informative, yet concise and appealing to read when published online.  One page of text along with photos or other graphics can often accomplish these goals. There is no word or character limit.

Where will the proceedings be published? Proceedings will be published online at the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center’s (LPELC) website.  Printed copies will not be produced.

What modifications to the original title or abstract info are allowed in the proceedings paper? Abstracts were accepted and sessions organized based upon what was originally submitted. Minor changes in the title or essence of the presentation are acceptable, but contact mary.keena@ndsu.edu before making significant changes in content direction.

How do I write for an online audience? Online publication greatly widens the audience that will have access to the paper beyond conference attendees. Most viewers (after the conference) will likely find this paper through web searches. Some tips for optimizing appeal include:

  • Use a descriptive title that includes important terms related to your paper. The more your title sounds like a “Google search” your audience would do, the more likely it is that search traffic will come to your paper.

  • Get to the point! The most important information should be near the top of the page and also in the first sentence of a paragraph.

  • Include graphics (photos, videos, illustrations, slideshow, or animation). The captions of these should be descriptive and not require additional explanation.  

  • Keywords. When you submit your paper, the form will ask you for keywords.

Can I describe commercial products or systems?  Waste to Worth is about addressing real problems with practical solutions, and we anticipate that commercial products or systems will be part of some presentations.  In developing your paper and presentation, keep in mind that we also expect them to be educational and research-based. Do provide information necessary to understand the problem, the approach taken to address it, and measurements to document the product or system performance, so readers may follow-up on their own.  Wording that obviously promotes a commercial product or company sales, however, will be identified for removal prior to publication.

Proceedings for oral presentations and posters should follow this outline

Compose your paper in Word or another text document using the template.

  • Title of the presentation

    • Please enter the title in title case on the form.

  • Purpose

    • Why was this research or project started? Why is this important?

  • What did we do?

    • Describe methods used or steps taken and data collected to reach this point. Visual media is Optional, but photos, graphics, videos, etc. are highly encouraged.

  • What we have learned?

    • Include impacts/implications of the project or research.  

    • What should people remember as take-home messages from your presentation?

  • Future plans

    • What are the next steps?

  • Authors

    • Include titles and affiliations as well as the email address of the corresponding author

  • Additional information

    • List citations, if any, here. Add where readers can go for more information. Include links to journal articles, websites, extension publications, other articles or videos related to the project or research or contact information for key people.

  • Acknowledgements (Optional).  

    • What organizations or people, besides the authors, should be acknowledged? (Please keep this section minimal and relevant).

To submit your proceedings document

The corresponding author for each submission will receive a unique link via email, and instructions for uploading the word document. If you misplace the original email, reminder emails/links will be provided.

Important dates and publication notes

Your cooperation in getting information available in a timely manner is essential.  The timeline is:

Through March 1, 2019 – Submittal of proceedings papers [for editorial review]

Through March 13, 2019 – Editorial reviews completed and authors contacted

Through March 20, 2019 – Authors submit revisions and any final updates

Through April 1, 2019 – Online publication

After you submit your proceedings paper, the session organizer will be notified that your paper is ready to be reviewed. Reviews will be more editorial than technical (not a formal ‘peer review’), emphasizing clarity, readability and suggestions for improved usefulness for our target audiences.

Thank you for being part of the Waste to Worth Conference program.  We are excited about the number of high quality abstracts that have been submitted and for the opportunity to interact and learn from all of you.  We look forward to your presentation!

The Waste to Worth Proceedings Committee