Subject Classification Category Guidelines

66th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics 

October 7-11, 2024 • Atlanta, Georgia USA

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2024 Subject Classification Category Guidelines

Submissions should include a DPP sorting category selected from the list in the submission portal. Sorting categories are used to assign contributed abstracts to a session. Each contributed abstract must indicate both a “type” category and a “subject classification” category to be assigned to an appropriate session. Preferences for a Group abstract placement must be specified in first author order in the “Special Instructions” field.

Early Career Scientists: If you are an early career scientist, based on a recent or anticipated PhD thesis, please use the “Special Instructions” field if you wish to present a 24-minute oral contributed talk. In the Special Instructions field indicate “PhD Oral-24”. These talks are double the standard 12-minute length oral contributed presentations and will be flagged in the program.

Societal impacts, diversity, equity, and inclusion: Please indicate in the Special Instructions field if you believe your presentation has societal or environmental connections. These might include plasma-based water purification, or medicine. They might include other aspects of diversity, equity, or inclusion in our field. Please use “DEIA” in the Special Instructions field. These presentations will be flagged in the program.

Group contributed submissions: It will be extremely helpful to the DPP Program Committee when groups, large or small, will indicate in the Special Instructions field the names of first authors in the preferred order of presentation. In addition, please email your ordered group list to Program Chair Cameron Geddes and Saralyn Stewart.

Metadata: Stay tuned for guidance regarding metadata that will be linked to presenter submissions. The guidance may include information regarding a one-minute and/or a five-minute “flash talk” summary of the author presentation.

Advanced diagnostics and measurement innovation: Within each Sorting Category, there is a new subcategory on Advanced diagnostics and measurement innovation. These are added in response to growing interest in the measurement BRN to encourage presentations focused around these topics. The Program Committee will carefully review submissions to possibly create a meta-session that combines closely related topics.

Machine Learning and Data Science techniques: Within each Sorting Category, there is a new subcategory as of 2023 on Machine Learning and Data Science techniques. These are added in response to growing interest in these topics in plasma science research. The Program Committee will carefully review submissions to possibly create a meta-session that combines closely related topics. As above, we invite use of the ‘Special instructions’ field to indicate focus on AI/ML, data driven plasma science, or other topics for grouping.

Sorting category 6: As always, Magnetic Confinement includes both device specific and nonspecific categories. If you request a device specific category, the Program Committee will make every effort to place your contribution in a session devoted to that device or class of devices. Likewise, if you choose a non-device specific category, we will endeavor to place you with other contributions related to that topic, even if your work is based on a specific device. This is to allow you the choice of device oriented versus science topic-oriented placement. Note a new category for magnetic mirrors and related systems.

Sorting category 9: This category has been expanded into three subcategories to capture different aspects of Science Education, Public Engagement, and DEIA efforts. Please carefully review these options.

Sorting category 10: We encourage undergraduate and high school students to consider submitting to this category, which will place them in a special session with other undergraduate and high school posters. Undergraduate and high school projects typically get a late start, so DPP will work to extend the deadline for poster abstract submissions in category 10. We ask that where possible students submit a provisional place-holder abstract (title, author, affiliation, email) by July 1, and update your abstract up to the deadline. The abstract category must be 10.01, or 10.02, and the presenting author must be an undergraduate or high school student. All posters in sorting category 10.00 will be online all week, and available for synchronous presentation at the Undergraduate Poster Session

Sorting category 11: Contact mini-conference organizers for details.