Guidelines for Writing and Submitting a Conference Paper Proposal

Elements of a Good Paper Proposal

Appropriate Title

– A good title is short and informative (tells the reader what the paper is about). Use familiar terms and keywords so that someone doing a keyword title search for papers on the topic can find the paper. Avoid words that are based on a value judgment, such as “new” and “improved,” unless the material to be presented truly is new or an improvement over existing techniques.

Problem Statement

– In writing a paper, you are assumed to be proposing a solution to a problem or to be presenting new knowledge that is of interest to oil and gas professionals. Your paper proposal should state succinctly the problem you intend to address. Your problem statement should convince Program Committee members that there is indeed an important problem that merits solution or further investigation.

Objectives and Scope of Study

– State the objectives of the study clearly, listing them if possible. Outline the scope or limitations of your work. Point out the extent of coverage, aspects that are not yet well understood, and points that require further study. A candid acknowledgment of the limitations of your work adds credibility to your paper proposal. Because of limited space, paper proposals should avoid a literature review or other extensive background information. However, highlighting how your results differ from or complement previous results on the subject is appropriate. Typical objectives are to develop a new theory or principle; to show practical applications of known principles; to develop a solution to an engineering problem in a device, material, system or process; to design a new structure or process; or to develop a new and improved method.


– State briefly what you did and how you did it. The goal is to outline the steps and procedures you used to accomplish the objectives of your study.

Results and Observations

– Give the major results or findings of the study. Highlight the importance of results to the area of study.


– State the major conclusions of the study. Do not confuse conclusions with results and observations. Results and observations are facts, whereas conclusions are the lessons learned from interpretation of the facts. The following is an example of the difference:

  1. Laboratory mice were fed different doses of a chemical from very small to very large doses. All the mice died within 3 days.
  2. Result and Observation: All the mice died within 3 days.
  3. Conclusion: The chemical is toxic to mice even at very low concentrations.


Give the possible practical applications of the results of your study. How can the results of your work be applied to finding, producing, processing, and marketing hydrocarbons and related products efficiently, economically, and in an environmentally safe manner?

Innovations or Technical Contributions

– State what is new in your study and its importance to the field. List up to three of the most important innovations or technical contributions in your proposed paper. Do not be too modest to highlight the innovation or technical contribution of your work because it could determine whether your paper proposal is selected or rejected.

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