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EXTENDED submissions DEADLINE (papers, panels, roundtables), 2020 conference, now DEC. 7

by WSSA Admin,
Published on August 15, 2019

Abstracts for papers/panels/roundtables for the WSSA 2020 conference are now open.  Submissions must be made through our online system, and must include all information requested by the forms.  For individual papers, the full papers do not have to be submitted, just the abstracts - such papers are to be submitted using the "single paper" link.   If papers are submitted as a group, in a panel of 3-to-5 papers with a moderator, abstracts and author information for all papers, as well as the name of the moderator, must be submitted, using the "panel with panelists in place" link.  If the submission is for a roundtable, a description of the topic must be submitted along with the names of all participants, using the "roundtable" link.  See full article text for instructions on how to submit. 

Deadline to submit papers/panels/roundtables : December 7

Before submitting a paper or panel, you will need to have on hand

  • Names of the author(s) & your/their affiliation(s)(meaning the college/university/agency/company/etc. for which they work - if not employed, list “Independent Scholar”)
  • Title of paper or panel

Short abstract - no more than 250 words, for each paper

Before submitting a roundtable, you will need to have on hand
Names of the participants & their affiliations (meaning the college/university/agency/company/etc. for which they work - if not employed, list “Independent Scholar”)
Title of roundtable
Short description of topic - no more than 250 words

 Steps in submitting a paper/panel/roundtable

1)  Return to our website, www.WSSAweb.com.
2)  Click on the dark blue tab, near the top of the screen, labeled “Sections & Affiliates”
3)  Browse through the sections listed to find the one that is the best fit for you

  • Clicking on a section name opens the section’s information, including a description of the nature of the section and contact information for the section’s coordinator(s)
  • If you want to see what kinds of papers have been presented in that section at previous conferences, click on the dark blue tab, near the top of the screen, labeled “Conferences” then on the link on the dropdown that is labeled “Past WSSA Conferences”, and download one of the programs

4)  When you have decided on a section, click it.  Below the coordinator(s) contact info you will see these links:

   Click here to submit a single paper
   Click here to propose a panel with panelist in place
   Click here to propose a roundtable

  • A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the SC that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.
  • A "PANEL" is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. ALL of the papers/authors must be submitted at the same time.
  • A "ROUNDTABLE" is an open session on a topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss.

4)  Make certain that you are submitting to the correct category, according to the definitions above
5)  Click the appropriate submission link
6)  At the bottom of the submission form, you will indicate your first, second, and third choice of section.
            a)  The first choice, already entered on your form, will be the section to which you are submitting
            b)  If the section coordinator considers the paper appropriate for the conference, but does not consider it appropriate for his/her section, that coordinator may pass the submission information on to one of the other section coordinators.

After submitting your paper/panel/roundtable

  • You should receive an immediate automated email response indicating that the paper has been received by the paper submission database. 
  • Later, you should receive an email from the coordinator indicating that the paper has been seen, but no decision has yet been made, and then,

Sometime in late November or early December, you should receive a either an acceptance or a rejection.