Several types of information will be requested when you go online to submit your proposal (see Submitting Your Proposal), but the "Long Description" is the central and most important component. It contains the information which reviewers use to evaluate the proposal and, if your presentation is ultimately published in the journal, serves at the Abstract of the journal article. While each proposal should address the purpose, methods, and implications of the scholarly work, the content within these general categories will vary somewhat, based on the type of scholarly work to be presented and the type of presentation you choose. Illustrations of the topics, or elements, to be addressed in the proposal are presented below.
The type of presentation you plan will also have implications for the information you include in the Long Description.
Accepted papers will be organized into thematic sessions or focused discussions and, while the preparation for your presentation may be different for these two formats, the content of your proposal should include all of the elements of a research, practice, or theory-focused work listed above.
Generally most appropriate for "practice-focused" works (or works in progress), a poster/exhibit proposal may concentrate on one aspect, for example, "description of the practical application". The proposal should clearly describe the type of information (or product) that will be displayed.
The most critical element of a workshop proposal is the description of the activity and how the participants will be engaged. A workshop is not a "long paper" and therefore the interactive or instructional nature of the session must be clearly defined.