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Instructions for Authors – paper deadline extended to 6 May

Melissa Bilec, University of Pittsburgh

Jun-ki Choi, University of Dayton

Jun-ki Choi, University of Dayton

Unlike prior symposiums, ISSST2013 will not rely on the IEEE Xplore to publish conference proceedings.  We’ve redesigned both the peer review and the publication process to enhance the quality and the visibility of the Proceedings.  We’re also trying to simplify the paper templates and production process process.

To manage this process, Melissa Bilec and Jun-ki Choi have volunteered to serve as co-editors of the ISSST2013 Proceedings.

The intent is to explore innovative approaches to the peer-review process using new software platforms, social media, and dialogue.  Overall, we’re leaving 17th century technology to experiment with 21st century technologies for scholarship.  For example, this year, the Proceedings can include papers, extended abstracts, and posters.  And unlike prior years, all authors will retain ownership of their work.

[Note: the deadline for both the full papers AND the student papers participating in the competition have both been extended to 6 May, 2013].

Following is a step-wise description for circulating your paper, poster, presentation, or extended abstract among the ISSST participants, and for publishing it as part of the Proceedings in an indexable, searchable, and archival record with its own Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

  1. Download the full paper MS-Word template.  (A LaTex template is available as zip file download from this link https://www.box.com/s/jmn26gnwbgd6kjf6zaoa).
  2. When you’ve finalized your submission  upload your file to https://www.softconf.com/d/issst2013/ (on or before 6 May) using the passcode in your acceptance email.
  3. To disseminate the papers in advance of ISSST2013, our staff will create a Box.com account for those participants that don’t already have one, and upload the symposium papers and extended abstracts behind a password-protected wall.  They will not be searchable nor accessible to the public, but everyone at ISSST2013 will be able to get them.
  4. Read the full papers on Box.com, especially those in your session.
  5. Using Box, comment directly on the papers that interest you.  These comments are not anonymous, but are part of peer-review.
  6. Authors may revise their papers at any time by uploading a new version to Box.  (The old version will be automatically saved on Box when you write a new file with the same name to the same folder).  Authors are expected to respond to comments, explaining how they’ve revised their paper or why they will not.
  7. Present your paper in real life (IRL) at ISSST2013.
  8. Use the IRL comments and questions that you receive from the audience, your Session Chair, and other participants as review feedback.
  9. When participating as an audience member IRL, make constructive comments on the audience review form and ask probing questions of the papers that others present.
  10. If you prefer that your work does not circulate beyond ISSST2013, then you do not need to do anything further.
  11. For those that want to publish their work in the Proceedings, upload a final version of your conference paper prior to 17 June.  Grant permission to ISSST to publish your paper (or poster) under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY) on figshare.com.  (ISSST staff will create an account for you if you don’t already have a figshare account).
  12. Record your unique DOI and update your c.v.!  (Note that readers can make additional comments on figshare and that you can discover how often your paper is downloaded by using the analytics provided by figshare).

The entire process is summarized in the Instructions for Authors.  It’s OK to post questions on the blog here about anything that isn’t clear at this stage.  The Editors and I will address them as quickly as we can.

We’ve anticipated some of those questions here:

Wait, what about the other options?  I was only planning on presenting — not doing a paper!

The other options remain: Present a paper, Present a poster, Presentation only, and No presentation, just participation.  Additionally, session Chairs will be seeking to bundle ISSST authors into special issue proposals that they will pitch the Editor’s at Friday’s Roundtable. 

Additionally, those authors that want to circulate a white paper exclusively among the conference participants, behind the password-protected wall on Box, can do that without their white papers being searchable or indexed.

This isn’t “peer-review” as I understand it.  Why the change?

In a previous post “The Parallel Sessions Should Be Part of Peer Review” we detailed a model of peer-review that transitions us from the bottleneck of assigned reviewers to a network model that connects authors and their audience directly.  This incorporates review feedback from multiple sources, and thru multiple media:

i.     Written comments from our community: Box.com allows all registered participants to access the papers and comment freely.

ii.     Audience comments:  Session Chairs will know which authors in their sessions are submitting full papers, and will help structure constructive feedback from the ISSST2013 audience.  In this way, the Session Chairs act as associate editors, and the presentation is part of peer review.

iii.     Revisions: Authors will be able to revise their ‘final’ papers up to 30 days following the conference, using the benefit of the comments they get thru Box and IRL, and the coaching provided by the Session Chairs.

To our knowledge, live peer review offers a way to distinguish our conference and ultimately foster deeper collaboration in a positive environment.

Melissa Bilec, Jun-Ki Choi, Tom Seager

Early Registration discount expires Easter Sunday.

Register before March 31st and get the Early Bird price, saving about $100.00 dollars.
Basic registration information is available on this page.  Hotel booking information, plane and transportation information, and event information are available under the Registration tab at the top of this page.  (Also to the right of this post is a button that will take you to Marriott Kingsgate’s page to book your hotel room with the ISSST’s group discount code).

It is highly recommended to register for Thursday’s Social Event as well, the Ohio River Dinner Cruise, where you can relax and enjoy the company of fellow conference attendees with food and entertainment.  May 16th, 5:30-9:30 pm, $50 pp.

Also recommended is Wednesday’s Pre-Conference Workshop led by Gabriel Grant, doctoral candidate at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The workshop will explore the pitfalls of sustainability and reoccurring conversations of sustainability that correlate with “being stuck” and the exploration of pathways beyond these paradoxes.  This is a free opportunity for May 15th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Gabe Grant

In case you aren’t already familiar with the ISSST conference, these are the people behind it all:

Thomas P. Seager (Arizona State University)
Matthew Eckelman (Northeastern University)
Troy Hawkins (US Environmental Protection Agency)
Lise Laurin (Earthshift, LLC)
Chris Yuan (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Jeremy Gregory (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Randy Kirchain (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Colin Fitzpatrick (University of Limerick)
Vikas Khanna (University of Pittsburgh)
Gabrielle Gaustad (Rochester Institute of Technology)
H. Scott Matthews (Carnegie Mellon University)
Braden Allenby (Arizona State University)

Additionally, this year’s opening keynote speaker is Ed Sawicki, Director of Global Business Development for Proctor and Gamble, and the editors attending the Editor’s Roundtable session are Dave Allen from University of Texis, Mary Ann Curran, sustainability consultant for BAMAC Ltd., Reid Lifset from Yale, and Martin Abraham, founding Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Youngstown State University. For more information on this year’s speakers, check out the page (though note, it’s still in process with further updates).

Have any questions?  Please email either Beth Shafer at beth.shafer@currenteventsco.com or Emilie Doering at edoering@asu.edu.


New People and New Ideas

It’s been a busy week for some members of the ISSST2013 Organizing Committee and I’d like to catch you all up on some announcements and new projects.

  • We’ve started a new non-profit corporation here in Arizona called The Sustainability Conoscente, Inc.  The word “conoscente” (kōnəˈshentē) is a variant spelling of the word cognoscente, which means expert.  But the conoscente spelling also means “acquaintance.”  So, if we condense the name to just “The Conscente”, what it means is a network of experts with whom we are acquainted — which sounds perfect.
  • The new non-profit corporation will allow us to handle our own finances and enter into our own agreements, without depositing our money at any particular University, or being subject to the bureaucratic obstacles associated with University purchasing systems.  It also has the advantage of allowing us to retain any surpluses generated by the 2013 symposium into 2014  no matter where the Conference Chair is employed, which we could never do with IEEE,.  We’ll have to establish by-laws and a Board of Directors and file for 501(c) status with the Internal Revenue Service, which we’ll do.

    Beth Shafer, Current Events Co.

    Beth Shafer, Current Events Co.

  • Speaking of entering in to agreements, we’ve hired a woman named Beth Shafer, who runs Current Events Co. in Dover NH.  Beth is an event planning professional who hasbeen working with Hewlett-Packard and other technology companies for years.  Her company consists primarily of two people, which is exactly the right size for us.  She’s already connected us to an on-line registration site provider and we’re currently evaluating their proposal.  If you need to contact Beth directly, send me a note and I’ll forward her contact info.

    Emilie Doering, Sustainable Energy Systems RCN

    • Lastly, I’ve hired an undergraduate Administrative Assistant named Emilie Doering to support the NSF-funded Research Coordination Network on Sustainable Energy Systems.  Because the annual RCN meetings coincide with ISSST, Emilie is able to provide some additional logistical support for our meeting planning.

    Having the additional staff support will help release the Organizing Committee members and I to pursue more special projects.  A number of new ideas are bubbling to the surface.

    • On-line participation.  There are two possibilities for on-line participation.  Bringing distant speakers in and beaming local speakers out.  Our experiments with new video sharing software last year tells us that the technology is pretty close to being workable and cheap.
    • Dinner cruise.  One of Emilie’s first tasks was to investigate the possibility of a dinner cruise on a paddlewheel Ohio river boat that could accommodate the entire conference.  Sure enough, there are several possibilities that the Organizing Committee will discuss on our next call.  If you would be interested, then please drop a reply not here on the blog.
    • One-day registration.   To encourage local participants, we’ll be offering a one-day only registration that allows participants to sign up for just Wed, just Thrs., or just Fri.  The one-day fee will provide curiosity seekers with a less expensive way to sample the symposium.
    • Ugrad-faculty grad school mixer.  Undergraduates want to find good faculty mentors for graduate school, and faculty want good graduate students.  But these connections are increasingly difficult to make, given the variety ways that grad programs incorporate sustainability.

    The fact is that new ideas aren’t in short supply.  The bottleneck now is having the people — both leaders and managers — that can bring these new ideas to fruition.

The Sustainability Innovation Award

ISSST has always been very generous in its recognition of graduate students working in sustainable technology systems research.  The Best Paper and Best Poster awards not only add to a students’ credibility and visibility, but they carry cash prizes.

However, there are far fewer opportunities for sustainability-minded Assistant Professors, Junior Lecturers, or early career professionals working in industry to gain similar recognition.  Therefore, ISSST2013 will launch the first annual  ‘Sustainability Innovation’ award.

The purpose of the award is to create a unique opportunity to recognize researchers, entrepreneurs, or inventors at the early stages of their business or product development.  I don’t have in mind strict criteria, except that it should be clear that tenured faculty are ineligible.  We’re looking for people (of any age) that are at the beginning of an upward career arc.  For example, we might recognize a person in business who recently left their corporate job to start a new knowledge or innovation-based business (like Lise Lauren did with Earthshift).  Or we might find recognize someone who is still working at a corporation, but has recently launched a new venture (e.g., an intrapraneur).

The recipient should be working in a sustainability-related knowledge area.  That is, they should be creating new knowledge.  That doesn’t necessarily mean publishing (but it probably does), and it doesn’t necessarily mean that their research is heavily sponsored.

What I want to do is use the platform of ISST2013 to boost the careers of the most talented and worthy people at a time during their careers when they are most likely to benefit.

To make this work, I’ll need volunteers to do several things:

  • Think of a better name for this award.  “Outstanding Sustainability Researcher” is kind of lame.
  • Formalize selection criteria that are broad, and flexible, but easily translate into qualities that we admire in the sustainability knowledge community.
  • Elicit nominations.
  • Select recipients.
  • Recruit sponsors to underwrite a modest cash prize.

I don’t intend to do this myself.  Assistant Professors are not eligible to volunteer to perform any of these tasks, although they provide a talented pool of potential nominees from which to draw.  Nonetheless, I think we have a host of people in the ISSST community who are well-qualified and will instantly recognize this as a worthwhile application of their time.

Email me, or post here, if you’re willing to serve on this committee.  I particularly need a Chair.

We’ll announce our first recipient at ISST2013!