Symposia and Paper Sessions

Symposium Sessions

In symposium sessions, a number of speakers discuss a common topic or theme in a manner that brings new insights to the subject. Symposia can be submitted to up to three Divisions and Interest groups (DIGs). There are two types of symposia: Panel Symposia and Presenter Symposia. Symposia can be singly sponsored by a division / interest group, or jointly sponsored by up to three divisions / interest groups. Symposium sessions are arranged in a theater set with standard A/V setup.

Panel Symposia

Panel Symposia engage a group of panelists in an interactive discussion. There are no titles associated with the panelists’ presentations. Proposals for panel discussions should include clear descriptions of the topics to be discussed and the procedures that will be used to manage the discussion among panelists and with the audience.

Presenter Symposia

Presenter symposia involves a series of authored papers on a preset theme. In a Presenter Symposium, titles and authors/ presenters are associated with each presentation. Presenter symposia can involve co-authored presentations. Co-authors will be listed in the printed program.

Showcase Symposia

Showcase symposia should be the very best symposium submissions received and should be expected to attract a large audience. They do not need to address the conference theme. Each Division Program Chair may select up to 10% of symposia accepted by their division to be designated as showcase symposia.

Paper Sessions

There are two types of paper sessions: Division (Traditional) Sessions and Discussion Paper Sessions. A paper can be submitted to only one division. Paper sessions consist of accepted papers grouped together by the Division Program Chair based upon a common theme reflecting the interests and domains of the division. Each session consists of three to five papers with one session chair or discussant who handles introductions, time keeping, and guides the content of the session. All paper sessions are scheduled in 90-minute time blocks.

Division (Traditional) Paper Sessions

These sessions consist of fully developed research papers on topics that may draw a large audience. Each author has a set amount of time to present his/her work, and the session chair facilitates group discussions after all presentations have been made.

The division program chairs are responsible for grouping these papers into sessions, scheduling the sessions, and assigning session chairs and/or discussants as part of the Monday and Tuesday program.

Discussion Paper Sessions

These sessions are for promising papers that meet the acceptance criteria but would benefit from further development. The focus of these sessions should be on the authors receiving feedback for further development of their papers and sharing of research experiences with others who share similar research interests. Each session has a discussant assigned whose role is to provide constructive feedback to the authors.

Each division/interest group may accept as discussion papers up to 10% of the number of accepted division (traditional) papers for this type of session. The division program chairs are responsible for grouping these papers into sessions. These sessions will be scheduled as part of the Sunday program.

Refereed Scholarly Submissions

Both papers and symposia are blind reviewed to help protect the integrity of the submission and review process.

Papers are double-blind reviewed and are evaluated on clarity, analysis, methodological rigor, and overall quality. Double-blind review means that author and submitter information is not known to the reviewers, and reviewer information is not known to the authors or submitter.

Symposia are single-blind reviewed and are judged on overall quality, interest, relevance to the DIG to which they are submitted, and innovation and contribution. Single-blind review means that author and submitter information is known to the reviewers, but reviewer information is not known to the authors or submitter.

Important Notes:

  • Submitters do not need to be members to submit a proposal to the Annual Meeting.
  • If a proposal is accepted, participants must register to attend the Annual Meeting.
  • All participants attending the Annual Meeting must be AOM Members.

Program Session Types

Submission Information

Conference Program

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