Formatting Guidelines - PME

Formatting Guidelines
The following guidelines apply to manuscripts accepted for publication in the 2015 PME-NA
Conference Proceedings. Please follow these guidelines to facilitate the efficient and timely
production of the Proceedings. [A Microsoft styles template file can be downloaded from the
conference website.]
Session Type
Page Limits Abstract Limit
Due Date
Research Report
8 pages
10 lines
June 1, 2015
Brief Research Report
4 pages
10 lines
June 1, 2015
1 page
No Abstract
June 1, 2015
Working Group
10 pages
15 lines
June 1, 2015
Note: The page limits include all figures, tables and references, and the deadlines are firm.
Note: Because proposals were blind when initially submitted to the proposal system, be sure to
include in the final manuscript author name(s), author institution(s), funding sources, or other
identifying information that was previously deleted from the paper. If a reference was deleted
from the reference list, please be sure to include it. If citations in the body of the paper were
replaced with “Author,” please insert the correct APA citation for that source. Please adhere to
the page limits that apply to your paper.
Submit your manuscript as a Microsoft Word document file (.doc or .docx). If you submit in a
another format, we will not be able to include your paper in the proceedings.
If you have used Endnote, Zotero, Mendeley, or other citation software for your references, you
must remove field codes from your document. Otherwise your citations and reference list may
become corrupted when we compile the papers into the conference proceedings.
The maximum 15-word title of the paper is centered, all uppercase, bold, Times New Roman 12point font, followed by a single (12-point) blank line [if using template, use Title of Paper
PMENA style]:
Author, institution, and email are set on three lines, centered, single-spaced, as follows [use
Author PMENA style for single author; Normal PMENA style for multiple authors]. If a
presentation has multiple authors, underline all the presenting authors’ names. Note that the
presenting author(s) of accepted proposals must register by the speakers’ deadline of August 31,
2015 to remain on the program.
John J. Doe
Western Michigan University
[email protected]
OR (for multiple authors)
John J. Doe
Western Michigan University
[email protected]
Jane M. Doe
University of Toronto
[email protected]
Maria S. Doe
Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa
[email protected]
The abstract follows the author information and should not exceed 10 lines (15 lines for Working
Groups). It is preceded and followed by a single (12-point) blank line, but it is not indented. The
abstract should be in italics [use Abstract PMENA style].
The abstract should be followed by at least one and at most four key words from the
keyword list appended to this document, formatted as follows:
Keywords: Curriculum, Secondary Mathematics, Teacher Knowledge [use Normal PMENA
All text in the body of the paper should be Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins,
and single-spaced [use Normal PMENA style]. You should use the ruler tool to indent the first
line of each paragraph ¼ inch. Do not use the space bar or tab key to indent. To use the ruler bar,
grab the top triangle at the left edge of the ruler and drag it to the ¼ inch mark. There should be
no blank lines between paragraphs. Do not use headers, footers, or page numbers.
All headings in the paper should be bold, Times New Roman 12-point font. Please limit your
headings to the following three levels:
First Level Heading
Text begins here.
Second Level Heading
Text begins here.
Third level heading. Text begins here.
First Level Headings [use First Level Heading PMENA style] should be centered, bold font,
with only the first letter of each word capitalized. Each First Level Heading should be preceded
by a single (12-point) blank line, but should not be followed by a blank line. Indent the first line
of text ¼ inch after a First Level Heading.
Second Level Headings [use Second Level Heading PMENA] should be left justified, bold,
with only the first letter of each word capitalized. Second Level Headings are neither preceded
nor followed by a blank line. Indent the first line of text ¼ inch after a Second Level Heading.
Third Level Headings [use Normal PMENA style and bold the heading and period] should be
indented ¼ inch, bold, and followed by a period. Only the first letter of the first word of the
heading title should be capitalized. Begin typing the text after the period at the end of the
A quotation longer than 40 words should be formatted as a “block quote”—as this paragraph
is formatted [use Block Quote PMENA style]. Begin the quote on a new line and indent the
entire quote ¼ inch on the left. To do so on the ruler bar, grab both the top and bottom
triangles on the ruler bar and drag them to the ¼ inch mark. No quotation marks are used; a
period should appear at the end of the quote; and the reference (author, year, page number)
should appear at the end of the quote with no period after it.
Insert a blank line before and/or after the block quote if needed to distinguish it from other
text (as in this example). Indent the sentence following the block quote only if it begins a new
Transcripts should begin on a new line, with the first line indented ¼ inch (drag the upper
triangle to the ¼-inch mark) [use Transcript PMENA style]. Indent subsequent lines using a
hanging indent set at ½ inch (drag the lower triangle to the ½-inch mark). Italicize the speaker’s
name on the first line, followed by a colon, as shown below.
Teacher: So what’s the fraction name for that? What do we call this in fraction words?
Student: One-fourth.
Teacher: Yes, one-fourth. Okay. The bottom number tells how many pieces in the whole,
right? How many pieces in this whole?
In a paragraph or sentence, identify elements in a series by lowercase letters in parentheses:
(a) the first item in the series, (b) the second item, and (c) the third item. Use semicolons instead
of commas if the series elements contain commas. If the listed items are separate paragraphs, use
Arabic numerals followed by a period or bullets. Use the automated numbering or bullets in
Microsoft Word, which will provide the appropriate indentation of each line [use Normal
PMENA style].
1. The first enumerated paragraph should be presented in this manner.
2. The second paragraph …
3. The third paragraph …
Tables and Figures
All tables and figures should be placed in the document as appropriate, with a blank line both
preceding and following the table or figure. If necessary, re-size large tables or graphics to fit
within the 1-inch margins and to keep your document within the number of pages allowed.
Create tables using the Table feature of Microsoft Word (Tables are those graphics consisting of
rows and columns; all other graphics should be designated as Figures). Use the First Level
Heading PMENA for both table and figure titles, centering the table title above the table, and
centering the figure title below the figure or graphic. Examples follow.
Table 1: Conference Deadlines
Research & Brief Research Reports
Posters & Working Groups
Proposals Due
Figure 1: PME-NA 2015 Banner
Final Papers Due
In general, avoid endnotes. If you must indicate an endnote, use the endnote function of
Microsoft Word; do not use the footnote function. The heading for endnotes should be treated as
a First Level Heading. Indent the first line of each endnote ¼ inch; use Times New Roman, 12point font, single-spaced. Do not put a blank line between endnotes.
Any necessary acknowledgments should immediately precede the References and should be
formatted as a First Level Heading. Do not put blank lines between multiple acknowledgments.
References should be Times New Roman, 10-point font, single-spaced, with ¼-inch hanging indent—as this
paragraph is formatted [use Reference PMENA style]. To set up a hanging indent using the ruler bar, grab the
bottom triangle at the left edge of the ruler and drag it to the ¼ inch mark. Do not use the return key, space bar,
or tab key to create a hanging indent. There should be no blank lines between references. All references should
follow APA format; a variety of sample references are provided below. Note that titles of books and journals
should be italicized, not underlined. There should be no underlined text in the manuscript.
Borko, H., & Putnam, R. T. (1996). Learning to teach. In D. C. Berliner & R. C. Calfee (Eds.), Handbook of
educational psychology (pp. 673-708). New York, NY: Simon and Schuster Macmillan.
Bos, B. (2011). Professional development for elementary teachers using TPACK. Contemporary Issues in
Technology and Teacher Education, 11(2). Retrieved from
Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). (2010). Common core state standards for mathematics. Retrieved
Herbst, P., & Chazan, D. (2006). Producing a viable story of geometry instruction: What kind of representation calls
forth teachers’ practical rationality? In S. Alatorre, J. L. Cortina, M. Sáiz, & A. Méndez. (Eds.), Proceedings of
the 28th North American Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference (Vol. 2, pp. 213220). Mérida, México: UPN.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (2000). Principles and standards for school mathematics. Reston,
VA: Author.
Stanic, G. M. A., & Kilpatrick, J. (Eds.). (2003). A history of school mathematics (Vol. 1). Reston, VA: National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Yackel, E., & Cobb, P. (1996). Sociomathematical norms, argumentation, and autonomy in mathematics. Journal
for Research in Mathematics Education, 27, 458-477.
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