One of the most profound benefits of using a great platform for conference submissions is that it brings something to the process that parents, teachers, ministers and mentors universally struggle to impart: integrity.
As C. S. Lewis professed,
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”
Today, algorithms and code elegantly watch over process to ensure the right thing is done, consistently, fairly and seamlessly.
The following six best practices for abstract submission review are assured with a platform like Mira Smart Conferencing, which brings integrity to the process.
Equality and Fairness – All too often, conference administrators and others involved in the abstract review process treat submitters inconsistently, without even realizing it. Reviewers are humans, and therefore innately subjective. Powerful abstract submission software such as Mira uses algorithms to normalize the grading process and ensure submitters are treated fairly. Favoritism creeps through in other ways, too. Perhaps some researchers were allowed to submit after the deadline, or submit incomplete abstracts. Perhaps only some participants were notified about site changes or other information that really should have been given to everyone. Treating all participants equally and fairly is difficult without the inherent objectivity that abstract submission software brings to the process.
Blind Review – When reviewers know the identities of the authors they are evaluating, they might alter their perceptions of the work in question, without even realizing they are doing so. Software that gives administrators of keeping the identities of research authors unknown to the reviewers makes the process objective and fair for participants on both sides of the documents.
Research Protection – Scholars want their findings disseminated to an interested audience at the conference they’re participating in. They don’t want their research previewed by the wrong set of eyes, which could result in the premature release of embargoed information, or make the research vulnerable to copying. Well-crafted abstract review software protects scholarly research from these threats. Abstracts are indexed and assigned in ways that allow only certain people to access to the research. Research protection safeguards against inadvertent or deliberate copying of ideas, methods and findings, as well as the untimely release of results.
Plagiarism Detection – Whether paraphrasing another researcher inappropriately or outright pirating someone else’s work, plagiarism exists in scholarly circles in myriad forms. Most abstract software platforms offer associations the option of incorporating plagiarism detection into their process. Mira, for example, offers clients a product called Ithenticate, recognized as an industry leader in detection. Clients can verify the originality of work by tapping Ithenticate’s tools, without leaving Mira’s platform.
Rigorous Disclosures – Most conferences require some type of disclosure. But standard disclosure forms are often insufficient. Customizable software, such as Mira, allows organizations to require more comprehensive disclosures – such as funding sources and collaborations – bringing transparency to the submission process.