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Organizer Refereed Panels

Organizer-Refereed Panels
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, a member wishing to hold an Organizer-Refereed Panel at the January 2022 meeting must submit his or her proposal in April 2020 for review by the Committee in June 2020. 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).

Submission Requirements for a new Organizer-Refereed Panel

  • You will be required to provide:
  • The member number, name, academic institution, and contact information of the organizer(s)
  • A 650-word Organizer's Statement that preserves the anonymity of the organizer(s) and provides a scholarly rationale for the panel, including some indication of the timeliness of the topic. The proposal should outline the major questions or issues that the organizer hopes to see addressed in the abstracts that are ultimately submitted.  It must also explain how the organizer will encourage submissions from a diverse range of potential panelists. 

The Program Committee will consider these proposals at its Summer 2020 meeting and will notify in July the organizers of the panels selected for presentation at the 2022 meeting.  This notice will include a list of deadlines and procedural guidelines.  It will also request a shortened version of the panel description to be used as a call for abstracts in fall 2020.

Submission Requirements for a report on a previously chartered Organizer-Refereed Panel

  • Abstracts submitted for an organizer-refereed panel are sent to the SCS Office which then transmits them anonymously to organizers.  Once organizers decide which abstracts they will accept, SCS staff will provide to organizers the member numbers, names, and contact information of all authors.  Organizers will be responsible for notifying all authors of their decisions.  The panel must be canceled if the organizers receive fewer than 4 abstracts for consideration or accept fewer than 3.  Organizers may accept a maximum of 6 papers.
  • Organizers will then be required to submit the following information to the SCS's online submission system:
  • The member number, name, academic institution, and contact information of the organizer(s)
  • The number of abstracts you received and the number you accepted for presentation (Note that the panel must be cancelled if the organizers deem fewer than 3 abstracts acceptable for presentation.)
  • The name and academic institution of every reviewer of these abstracts
  • The member number, name, academic institution, paper title, and length of presentation (in minutes) for each speaker. 
  • An abstract for every paper to be presented in your session
  • The member number, name, academic institution, and length of presentation (in minutes) for any discussant or respondent
  • Speakers' audio-visual needs (if any). The Program Committee reserves the right to limit the audio/visual equipment requested.


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