WEFTEC 2017 will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago from Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2017. 


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Abstract Requirements and Guidelines


Abstract Guidelines/Formatting Tips: 

  • There is a word count limit of 1100! The minimum word count is 250 words. This corresponds to a minimum of 1 page and a maximum of approximately 5-6 pages, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins in a Word document.
  • Your references and sources will NOT count towards the limit as they will be entered in a separate field.  
  • Graphics/photos must be uploaded separately.    
  • It is recommended (not required) that images and tables be no more than 650 pixels wide and 900 pixels high. Simple images/tables can be on the smaller side of the recommended pixels and the more complex it is, the image MAY need to be larger than the recommended size. Use preview tab to see how it will appear to reviewers. 
  • You will have to answer the following question in 75 words or less: What are the main purpose and conclusions of your work?  
  • There are individual fields for the title, authors and keywords. Please enter these separate from the body of the abstract. If you do not do this, they will count towards your limit in the word count.  
  • You must copy and paste the body of your abstract into the online system. There is no option to upload a complete document with text and images.
  • Do not include any headers or footers in your document, as it won’t translate into the online system. 
  • The online system will strip all formatting from your abstract. You can add it back into your abstract, and instructions are included in that step on the submission site. Plan on keeping the formatting simple as it makes the process easier.  
  • Do not put your document in a PDF, as it won’t copy and paste correctly into the online system.  


Content Suggestions:  

  • Abstracts must clearly define the objectives, status, methodology, findings, and significance of the investigation or study.
  • Submissions on hot topics, regulatory issues, and new water or wastewater technologies are especially welcome.

General Requirements: 

  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts that may be submitted by an individual, company, organization, or institution.
  • Each abstract should be submitted one time only. Duplicate abstracts will be discounted. Do not submit the same abstract or a very similar one to different topics.
  • Membership in WEF is not a requirement for submission and/or presentation.
  • All participants must register for WEFTEC 2017 and are responsible for their travel and lodging expenses and registration fees for the conference.
  • Registration will open in April 2017.


The official language of WEFTEC 2017 is English.

Final acceptance is contingent on receipt of a completed paper and submission of copyright forms by ALL co-authors by the end of June 2017. 


Sample Abstracts: 

Use these sample abstracts for content guidance. Please note that most formatting is stripped from abstracts upon entry into the online abstract submission system, so we have no recommended formatting guidelines other than what is listed above. 

Sample Technical Abstract 1 (PDF)

Sample Technical Abstract 2 (PDF)

Sample Non-Technical Abstract (PDF)