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Organizer-refereed Panels are approved by the Program Committee for presentation at a future Annual Meeting at least 18 months before that meeting takes place. For example, the Organizer-Refereed Panels to be held at the January 2016 meeting were approved by the Committee in July 2014. After approval, the Program Committee delegates all discretionary responsibility for selection of abstracts and discussants to the panel organizer(s). However, in order to ensure anonymity, all abstracts are submitted to the Executive Director's office and are then forwarded anonymously to the panel organizer(s). Please see individual Calls for Papers below for submission instructions and deadlines. Members wishing to present a paper in an Organizer-Refereed Panel must have paid SCS membership dues for 2015. A presenter who is responding to one of these calls for abstracts is not eligible for a waiver of the membership requirement. If a member’s paper is accepted for an Organizer-Refereed Panel, that member may not submit another abstract for consideration by the Program Committee for a regular paper session.

After the submission deadline, the SCS office will forward anonymous abstracts to panel organizers. Panels receiving fewer than four abstracts will be canceled. In the event that a panel has to be canceled because of inadequate response, the panel organizer(s) will be invited to resubmit their proposals as regular panels with invited speakers for consideration with other program unit submissions at the June 2015 Program Committee meeting.

The titles of the Organizer-Refereed Panels approved for sessions at the 147th annual meeting in January 2016 are listed below. Click on the name of the group to read its call for abstracts. All abstracts for Organizer-Refereed Panels should be submitted to the SCS Office ( no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on Monday, March 2, 2015.