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Author FAQs

Have a question about becoming an author? We can help! Below we have answered some of the most Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit an abstract for NAT?

You can submit your abstract by visiting Abstract Submission. To view sample topics and more information about becoming an author, please visit the Authors Overview.

Do I need to be a member of UCA to submit an abstract?

You do not need to be a member of UCA to submit an abstract..

When is the deadline to submit abstracts for NAT?

Abstracts for consideration are due July 31, 2021.

Can I submit an abstract if it has already been published or presented elsewhere?
You may submit an abstract for presentation as long as you reference the original conference or publication in your presentation. You may not submit a manuscript if you have signed a copyright with another organization.
What is the word limit for an abstract?

We ask that you keep your abstract to 100 words.

What is the page limit for a manuscript?

Manuscripts should not exceed 10 pages.

Is a Copyright Transfer Form (CTA) required for abstract or manuscript submission/acceptance?
We do not need copyright assignment on abstracts. If accepted, you will be asked to sign copyright assignment for the manuscript.
When will I be notified of my abstract acceptance status?

Acceptance or otherwise will be sent out September, 2023.

How do I withdraw an abstract from the program?
All requests to withdraw must be submitted by email to Authors support at It is also helpful to inform your session chair of your withdraw.
Does UCA subsidize travel expenses or offer travel stipends for presenters?
UCA does not cover travel expenses or registration costs for presenters.
When will abstracts be available to the general public?

Abstracts will be available online December, 2023.

My abstract/manuscript has been accepted for publication, do I need to withdraw my abstract?
No, the abstract is what conference attendees will use to determine what sessions/presentations they will attend.
Do presenters have to register for the conference?

Yes, all presenters are expected to register and pay for the conference. UCA does offer a discounted speaker rate.

How will I know that my abstract has been successfully submitted?
An email will be sent to the email address listed for the primary author. If someone else submitted the abstract for you and used their email address they will receive the confirmation.
May I submit multiple manuscripts/abstracts at the same time?

No, each submission must be done separately.

I have a question about abstract submission, manuscript submission or a general question not covered here, who should I contact?

If you have additional questions, please contact UCA customer service at 720.828.6896 or 1.800.598.7704 (US only), or email Authors Support at

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