All BFY Proceedings papers are limited to four (4) pages in length, double-column 8.5 x 11 inch format. Authors should use the BFY Proceedings Style Guide Summary to guide the preparation of their papers. This style guide is based on the Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research style requirements, with the exception that full article titles need not be included in references. All peer reviewed papers must be submitted in .PDF format for the peer review process.
Due to the length restriction on BFY Proceedings papers, it is recommended that you focus on only the most significant one or two findings or aspects of the research that you are presenting. These findings should be supported with strong evidence so that your conclusions are clear.
If the paper describes preliminary or work-in-progress, make this clear early in the paper.
As BFY Proceedings papers may be read by researchers in other fields in addition to members of the Advanced Laboratory community, you should not assume the reader knows what methodology you applied.
State the question(s) that you are addressing as early in the paper as possible to provide readers with a clear path through the paper.
Be sure to situate your research within the larger body of knowledge to provide a context for how it relates to work already done in the field. Include appropriate references to provide the interested reader with supporting ideas and background.
Be sure that the work that you are presenting is really at a point that it warrants "getting the word out."
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