TUG 2021 Online  August 5-8, 2021

TeX User's Conference

TUG 2021 – Call for Papers

We'd like to invite presentations on the use of LaTeX, plain TeX, ConTeXt, MetaPost, and the rest of the TeX family. Presentations on new TeX developments, publishing, or any topic related to the TeX world are happily received.

Submission information

If you'd like to make a presentation at the conference, please submit a title and abstract via email (plain ASCII is fine, or any TeX format—but no footnotes, please) to tug2021@tug.org by July 9, 2021, and also specify your affiliation as you would like it listed in the program. Abstracts can be any length, but unless more is needed for the topic, 100–200 words is a reasonable target.

Early submissions are greatly appreciated. Please also write us at that same email address for any questions, suggestions, expressions of interest, etc.

And don't forget to register for the conference.

Submissions after the deadline will be considered, indeed gratefully received, as long as space is available. But to ease our planning, please at least contact us by the deadline.

We try to reply to all proposals within a day or two of receipt. If it has gone longer, please do resend, perhaps from a different email address.

Preprints received by July 20 (preferred format: PDF with corresponding sources), will be included in the conference program.

The final proceedings will be prepared as a TUGboat issue, after the conference; submission deadline: August 15, 2021. A template for TUGboat papers is available, along with other information for authors.

Plan for a total presentation time around 30-40 minutes, including time for questions. If you know you will need either more or less time, please let us know, as this is crucial information for scheduling.

Presentations without accompanying formal papers are also welcome at the conference. On the other hand, if you can't attend the conference to present your paper, please submit it as a regular TUGboat article

Online presentations

This is our second online conference. A short guide for speakers on creating an online presentation is available. We hope to be able to have a preliminary session with each speaker to ensure a good outcome. Some basic considerations: sharing and displaying slides for the presentation, having a good video frame and good audio, and headphones and/or a good microphone to avoid feedback.

Presentation guidelines

Here are some general guidelines for content of presentations:

  • plan for a mixed audience including plenty of users, not just developers;
  • emphasize typical usage, rather than esoteric features;
  • emphasize techniques that can be used today (dreams for the future are good to hear as well, of course);
  • give participants a path for learning further on their own, after the conference is over.

We can recommend perusing Jean-luc Doumont's pamphlet on papers and presentations, Traditions, templates, and group leaders: Barriers to effective communication.

We look forward to hearing from you!