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Call for RETA National Conference Abstracts!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019  

On behalf of RETA, the RETA 2019 Technical Conference Committee is sponsoring a Call for Abstracts relating to Industrial Refrigeration.

The Committee welcomes papers on the following suggested topics:

  • Management
  • Compliance
  • Operations
  • Engineering

Authors of accepted abstracts will present their work at the RETA 2019 National Conference, taking place from October 8-11, 2019.  In addition, the papers will be published and given to each attendee. Both RETA members and non-members are invited to submit proposals for papers.

Call Paper Timetable:
Timely submission of the abstract is critical to the success of the program. The procedures and timetable enumerated below will apply. All authors will receive electronic notification indicating acceptance or rejection of the submitted abstract in mid-March of 2019.

Deadline for Abstracts is February 28, 2019

The RETA Technical Conference looks forward to receiving abstract proposals in response to the call and is happy to respond to inquiries from interested parties.

Questions may be addressed to Peggy Wiederkehr at



Abstract Structure: A model abstract should contain the following elements:

  • A statement of the purpose of the paper - The purpose was to provide information on balancing time and resources to conduct the audit.
  • The research methods/methodology used to arrive at your results and/or conclusions The research methods were based on practice and what we’ve observed in our own work and from what other similar companies have experienced. Some if this research included reviewing the regulations.
  • The results observed – Results were presented in a form of how to be efficient from an end user standpoint during the audit, which I formed more into a question in the abstract.
  • The conclusions drawn from the topic and their significance - The conclusions were how to achieve the desired results of a good, thorough, and efficient audit.

Abstract Example of Abstract by Stephanie Smith

 Every three years, facilities across the United States must review their Risk Management Plan (RMP) and Process Safety Management (PSM) Programs against the Federal (and sometimes State) regulations. The Triennial Compliance Audit is commonly overlooked and under fulfilled. The purpose of the Triennial Compliance Audit is to address deficiencies at regular intervals and confirm compliance is met before a regulatory inspection occurs.

The Triennial Compliance Audit is for internal use; however, regulators may request the documentation at any time to determine whether the facility is doing enough to be compliant, such as meeting recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices (RAGAGEP) standards and General Duty Clause requirements. While facility personnel already have so much to accomplish, they have one more regulatory deadline to meet. With so much already on their list of responsibilities, how are facilities supposed to make the time to address this audit? How do they manage their resources and continue to conduct a comprehensive audit in an efficient manner?

This paper addresses the balance of time and resources while conducting a Triennial Compliance Audit. From preparation to implementation, and finalization, there are a number of common deficiencies to be aware of; therefore, having a means for streamlining the process, and strategies for personnel interviews are essential for conducting an efficient Triennial Compliance Audit.

Abstract Structure and guidelines

  • The abstract should be no more than 350 words.
  • Purpose: Ideally in 1-3 sentences, state the primary objectives and scope of the study or the reasons why the document was written. Also state the rationale for your research. Why did you do the research? Is the topic you are researching an ignored or newly discovered one? Why is it significant?
  • The abstract should be void of any self or commercial promotion and/or advertisement.
  • An abstract template will be available.

12-point selection process will be used by reviewers. It will be suggested that contributors use the 12 points as a guide before submitting an abstract. Note: Authors who do not follow these guidelines are more likely to have their work rejected.

  • Does the abstract capture the interest of a potential reader of the paper?
  • Is the abstract well written in terms of language, grammar, etc.?
  • Does the abstract engage the reader by telling him or her what the paper is about and why they should read it?
  • Does the abstract title describe the subject being written about?
  • Does the abstract make a clear statement of the topic of the paper and the research question?
  • Does the abstract say how the research was/is being undertaken?
  • Does the abstract indicate the value of the findings and to whom will they be of use
  • Does the abstract describe the work to be discussed in the paper?
  • Does the abstract give a concise summary of the findings?
  • Does the abstract conform to the word limit of 300-350 words?
  • Does the abstract have between 5 and 10 keywords or phrases that closely reflect the content of the paper?
  • Should the abstract be accepted?

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