If you are not an invited speaker and wish to present a paper at the meeting, you should submit an oral abstract via the event webpage. Oral abstract submission typically opens 9 months before the meeting.
All speakers in the oral programme at Faraday Discussions, both invited and contributing, must submit a research paper that contains a significant amount of new, unpublished research 4-5 months before the meeting. This is a precondition of presenting.
The research papers are reviewed and then provided to delegates as 'pre-prints' about a month before the meeting. This gives delegates the opportunity to read each paper and prepare comments and questions for the discussion in advance. Most of the meeting focuses on discussion of the key issues underlying and connecting the presented papers. At the meeting speakers have five minutes to highlight the most important aspects of their paper, which is then followed by 25 minutes' discussion per paper amongst the delegates.
All the papers presented at a Discussion meeting must mainly contain primary research – a certain amount of prior literature can be included to set the context of the paper and the challenges it is trying to solve. Papers presented at Faraday Discussion meetings do sometimes have more open-ended conclusions, to foster discussion and debate at the meetings. This is all recorded in the fully citable General Discussion sections.
The only exceptions to this are the Spiers Memorial Introductory Lecture, previously the Spiers Memorial Award, which starts the meeting, and the Concluding Remarks, which close it – the associated papers for these presentations are more review-like in nature: the Introductory Lecture sets the scene for the topic of the Discussion meeting and the Concluding Remarks summarises the themes and main discussion points from the preceding days.