Submissions

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About Academic High Altitude Conference

The Academic High Altitude Conference (AHAC) is an annual conference that is run in coordination with the Stratospheric Ballooning Association, Iowa State University and the Iowa Space Grant Consortium. The conference has a focus in high altitude balloons used for STEM education, research, and technology development. The conference is held each year in June at Iowa State University.

Focus and Scope for Academic High Altitude Conference

The theme for AHAC 2020 will be Ballooning in Education. However, the following topics will also be considered:


  • High Altitude Ballooning and Education
    • University level
    • High School level
    • Elementary/middle school level
    • STEM Outreach
  • High Altitude Ballooning Operation Techniques and Practices
    • FAA Rules and Regulations
    • Launch Procedures
    • Flight Procedures
    • Recovery Procedures
  • High Altitude Ballooning Engineering Design and Implementation
    • Payload Engineering
      • Tracking systems
      • Command and Control
      • Data recording
      • Embedded Processor Systems
  • Launch Equipment and Engineering
  • Flight and Mission Control Equipment and Engineering
    • Antenna Tracking
    • Communication Equipment
    • Tracking Software
    • Prediction Software
    • Command and Control Software
  • Recovery Equipment and Engineering
    • Mobile Equipment
    • Mobile Software
  • High Altitude Ballooning in Scientific and Research Applications
    • Scientific Research
      • Biological
      • Atmospheric
    • Near Space Research

Additional topics may be considered.  Any questions can be referred to the editoral board.


Submission Checklist

All papers will be submitted using the Janeway site that is being generously hosted by Iowa State University. Only electronic submissions through the Janeway site will be submitted. You can submit your abstract, posters, and final papers through this link—https://ahac.iastatedigitalpress.com.

For your initial submission, please include your abstract and draft paper.

Abstracts

All abstracts will be submitted directly through the Janeway site.  All abstracts must be 500 words or less.  Abstracts must summarize your paper and should be able to stand on their own in informing the reader what your paper is about.  No identifying information (authors, or their affiliation) must be in the abstract since we will do a double-anonymous review.

Draft Papers

All draft papers must be submitted with no identifying information (author or their affiliation). Draft papers should use either the Word or LaTeX template provided. All draft papers must be submitted through the Janeway site and must be as a PDF file.

Final Papers

If you are accepted to submit a final paper, all final papers must be submitted following with all identifying information put back in, and uploaded as a TeX or DOCX file. The paper must conform to the paper format defined in this document. It is recommended that authors use the LaTeX or Word document provided. All references must use the APA 6th Edition format. A copy of the Word Document Template can be found here: Academic_High_Altitude_Conference_Template.


Copyright Notice

Papers and presentations materials published in the Academic High Altitude Conference Proceedings by the Stratospheric Ballooning Association and the Iowa State University Digital Press are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. This license allows users to copy, distribute, display, adapt, and transform the paper or presentation materials as long as appropriate credit is given to the author and original publication. Copyright in conference papers and presentation materials are retained by the author(s).



Licences

Academic High Altitude Conference allows the following licences for submission:

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    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
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    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
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    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
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    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes. NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
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    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Peer Review

Review Process

All abstracts and papers that have been submitted will be reviewed by the editorial board.

Confidentiality Policy

All papers will be reviewed in confidence and only the board of directors and the editorial board will be able to view your papers until publication.  All reviewer comments will be shared only with the authors, editorial board and the board of directors.

Conflict of Interest Policy

All reviewers are expected and must report any conflict of interest that they have.  Any conflict of interest that has been identified will have a new reviewer assigned immediately.


Publication Cycle

Abstracts due …………………………………………………………………………….May 8th 2020 (11:59 p.m. CDT)

Abstract acceptance notification………………………………………………..May 15th, 2020

Draft Papers due………………………………………………………………………..May 29th, 2020

Presentation slides and the electronic version of posters due……June 19th, 2020

Final papers due………………………………………………………………………….June 22nd, 2020


Sections

Public Submissions

Peer Reviewed

Indexed


Oral Presentation


Poster Presentation