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Recently I just submitted an abstract to an undergraduate linguistics conference at an university in the United States. I had been very passionate about the working on the abstract since I believe I was approaching a problem from an interesting perspective, but as the end date for all notification of acceptance approaches, I cannot help but being paranoid about it.

One thing I realize that I might have screwed up was the length of my abstract. To fit all content I deem necessary - the description of the problem, present theory in the literature, my own perspective and supporting evidence - into the two-page limit, I had to squeeze line spacings and was eventually able to fit a 1000-word abstract under all formal requirements of the abstract. There was no word limit, and I am sure that I am not breaking any explicit rules set forth by the conference (e.g. margins, font size, page limit...) but I am still wondering if my abstract was too long. My professor told me that it is not uncommon to have to play with spaces and format and to submit long abstracts to conferences, but I just wanted to know if there are other opinions / facts?

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  • If it looks like a solid wall of text then they may not read it, preferring another abstract that is easier on the eye... – Solar Mike Mar 19 at 6:22
  • I guess it really is up to the particular reviewer who will be given my abstract... I don't know if undergraduate reviewers would be more or less likely to just discard a long abstract? – hello all Mar 19 at 6:49
  • You have two sentences above of 42 words or more... Did you write the abstract the same way? Should you have considered that? – Solar Mike Mar 19 at 7:05
  • I think I kept my sentences short and to the point in my abstract, but I could be wrong. But my abstract was definitely not like my question above. – hello all Mar 19 at 7:10
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    The conference committee will let you know if it is ok or not. Opinions here won't affect that. It has been submitted. It either works or it doesn't. – Buffy Mar 19 at 9:51