This morning I got a notice from Matt Eckleman, ISSST2013 Program Chair, saying that my abstract “Reinventing the Modern American University (Again)” has been accepted for a full presentation.
I feel a little lucky!
ISSST2013 is the most selective program that we’ve had in the three years that I’ve been serving as Chair. By Matt’s count, we’ve accepted only 85 full presentations. Another 40 abstracts that requested full presentations were accepted as posters, and 12 requested for poster presentations were also accepted.
That means the acceptance rate for full presentations at ISSST2013 is 55%. Those who didn’t get accepted as full presentations can take some consolation from the fact that they have a lot of company. If you’re in that situation, I can reassure you that our posters sessions are terrific fun and extremely well attended. (The refreshments help ensure that).
However, Matt also say that some people who are disappointed will no doubt drop out of ISSST2013 altogether. By his guess, about 5% of the full presentations and 20% of the poster presenters will withdraw. He’s calibrated his acceptances so that we’ll still have a full Program when that happens, so it’s not likely that several presentation slots will open up.
According to Matt, the next step is to get the Session Chairs together and ensure that the presentations they want are appearing in the right sessions. Then, he’ll post the first draft of ISSST2013 Program. If you’re a special Session Chair (and I’ve already heard from one!) you’ll be working with Matt and the other Chairs to sort out which presentations belong where.
We’ll be opening the Registration page shortly. You can preview a test version here.
When you do register, you’re going to be invited to to new events that we didn’t have at previous symposiums:
- A Thursday evening dinner cruise on the Ohio river ($50).
- A pre-conference workshop hosted by Gabrielle Grant of Yale University called Authentic Sustainability (free, but limited).
Reviews of ISSST2013 paper abstracts will begin right after 15 Dec. However, the softcon site will remain open and authors may continue to upload paper abstracts after 15 Dec for consideration on a rolling basis.
Those authors that are planning on submitting papers should upload abstracts today or tomorrow to take full advantage of the peer review process. However, if your sustainability research or business case study isn’t ready for a full paper, there are still several other ways to participate, including a poster presentation or a presentation without a paper. Anyone may choose all, some, or none of the following:
- Present a Paper. These participants will write a paper for circulation among the symposium participants with the expectation that they will receive constructive feedback and critique — both from reviewers (confidentially, via email), online (via Box.com discussion boards), and in person at the symposium itself. Authors reserve all rights their own work, but there are several options available for archival publication that ISSST2013 can help facilitate.
- Present a Poster. The poster session is typically one of the highlights of the ISSST and will be held the evening of Wed 15 May. Poster presenters may also circulate a digital copy of their work online (via Box), but they typically benefit the most from the feedback that they get in person during the session. Participants may choose to present the same work as both a paper and a poster, if they choose.
- Presentation only. Participants that eschew authorship of papers and posters may still participate by delivering a presentation. Again, at the author’s discretion, slides may be circulated online via Box (to the symposium participants) for digital discussion.
- No presentation, just participation. Some participants choose to attend ISSST without presenting at all. In academic circles, this is often frowned upon. The idea at larger conferences and symposia is that if you aren’t presenting, then it’s not worth the travel money. The problem with that view is what we see at most conferences, where everyone is trying to broadcast their own message to everyone else — but no one is listening. The ISSST emphasizes dialog, rather than broadcasting. Therefore, participants that do not present still have opportunities to contribute.
Finally, we’re working on a number of workshops that will either precede, follow or be integrated into the regular conference program. We’ll advertise these as the workshop organizers finish their descriptions. Our goal is to deliver the workshops for no additional cost, or a very modest fee.