Submitting Symposia


A symposium provides an opportunity to examine one topic in depth or from different perspectives. Each symposium consists of 5 presentation slots that are 20 minutes in length for a total of 100 minutes. Symposium sessions are directed by one chair, with 5 spoken papers or 4 spoken papers and 1 discussant. Presenters should represent different laboratories and an international mix of contributors is encouraged.  

Deadline to submit: January 4, 2021
Timeline for Decision: March 22, 2021


How to Submit a Symposium Proposal  

  1. Log into your account
  2. Click the blue Call for Symposia button
  3. Add the title of the symposium (Use APA reference style) and a brief summary (max - 150 words) of the purpose of the symposium and the theoretically or applied relationship between papers.
  4. Select keywords for the symposium
  5. Click Add new paper
  6. Add first author information
  7. Additional author - First name, Last name ONLY
  8. Click “add another item” if you need to add more authors – again first & last name only
  9. Add title of paper #1 (Use APA reference style)
  10. Add the abstract (max = 250 words) containing the following headings:
    • Purpose - concise statement of the specific purposes, questions addressed, and/or hypotheses tested.
    • Method - description of the design, participants, material, and analyses relevant to carrying out the study. For submissions that are not data-based, provide information concerning methods used to collect, summarize, and organize information.
    • Results - summary of the findings directly related to the purpose of the study.
    • Conclusions - statement concerning the relevance and/or implications of the findings.
  11. Select keywords for paper #1
  12. Repeat #5 - #11 for papers 2-5
    • If the 5th paper is a discussant
      • Enter the discussant as the 5th paper.
      • First Name put "DISCUSSANT"
      • Last Name put the discussant's "First & Last Name"
      • Do not include the discussant's email address


Policy on Presenting at SSSR

  • The first author on a paper or poster to be the presenting author
  • Attendees to be the first/presenting author on one paper or poster only. Once an abstract has been submitted for review, the portal will close for any further submissions in the name of that first author.
    • The exception to this policy is the case of discussants in symposia; a discussant may submit a paper/proposal in addition to appearing as symposium discussant.
  • When the first/presenting author of a submission accepted for the conference cannot attend the meeting, s/he has the option of registering for the conference and allowing a coauthor to present the paper/poster in his/her stead. In this case, the program will reflect the name of the first author. If the first author does not register for the conference by May 1st the symposium/paper/poster will be removed from the program.


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