Directions for Preparation of Your 
Manuscript, Abstract or Proposal

Please prepare your manuscript according to the following guidelines.

Sending Guidelines

The preferred submission method is to email us a file in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word format.
Alternatively, you may send us printed "camera-ready" hard copy.

Send your manuscript to:


23 Mackintosh Avenue
Needham, (Boston), MA 02492-1218



Note: If you are unable to format your paper, we require that you include $75 US to cover typing and formatting costs (please make checks drawn on an US bank or international money orders payable to "WACRA").

Formatting Guidelines

See the link at the bottom of this page for a sample page in PDF format.
1. Print your manuscript on 8-1/2 x 11" paper, single spaced.  Set spacing above and below paragraphs to zero.  Set paragraph alignment to justified.
2. Maximum length is 15 pages (NO exceptions).
3. Print on one side of the paper.
4. Margins should be one inch on all four sides of the paper.
5. Use 10 pt standard type like Arial or Times Roman (do not use fancy script types).
6. Print on a Laser Jet or other Letter Quality printer (do not use a dot matrix printer).
7. Make sure that the printed copy you send is of dark enough quality so that it is easily read.
8. List all endnotes at the end of the paper (but before references).
9. List all references (alphabetized) at the end of the paper. 
Note: When referencing an item, use the following style: [Chow, 1983]. Be sure to use square brackets.
10. All paragraphs should be indented 0.25 inches.  Set your word processor's tabs to 0.25" intervals relative to the left margin. Do not skip lines between paragraphs.
11. The first page should contain:  Beginning on the seventh line from the top:

(1) the title, centered, ALL CAPITALIZED; drop two lines 
(2) the author's name (first name and last name, without titles), centered; on the next line 
(3) the author's affiliation (name of institution centered); on the following line 
(4) the city, state and country, ALL CAPITALIZED; drop 2 lines 
(5) the word "Abstract;" drop one line, begin abstract of the paper (100 words maximum, indented 0.5 inches from the left and right margins); 
(6) after Abstract, drop one line and list keywords that will be used in your paper and 
(7) begin the paper after having dropped one line at the end of the keywords. 

Note: Use tabs, not spaces, to indent the beginning of each paragraph.

12. Tables and Figures should be numbered (1, 2, etc.), single spaced, and placed in the text.  A one inch margin on all 4 sides must remain free. All tables and figures (any drawings) must be camera ready.
13. You can use up to three levels of headings. The first level is centered, ALL CAPITALIZED and bold; the second level is flush with the left margin, ALL CAPITALIZED and bold; and the third level is flush with the left margin, uses lower case characters, and is underlined.
14. For us to consider your contribution for publication, we must receive your completed manuscript on or before the published deadline. Only those manuscripts which are accepted for presentation at the conference will be considered for publication.

Sample Page

Click on the icon on the left to view a sample formatted page in PDF format.


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