American Sociological Association


Preview Sessions Open to Submissions

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Call for Submissions: Papers

The submission deadline is January 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern). All paper submissions must comply with the following criteria:

Original Contribution

Papers must reflect original work or major developments in previously reported work. Papers are NOT eligible if they have been:

  • Presented previously at ASA or other professional meetings.
  • Published prior to the meeting or accepted for publication before being submitted to organizers for consideration.
  • Modified in only secondary respects after presentation or publication.

Length and Style

Only draft/working papers that are 15-35 pages, double-spaced, (including footnotes, tables, and bibliographies), that represent a well thought-out idea or topic will be considered by session organizers. Lengthier versions are more suitable for subsequent publications than for oral presentations at the Annual Meeting. Session organizers will not consider abstracts, letters, email communications, or telephone calls in lieu of draft/working papers. 

Submission Policies

  • Authors may submit multiple, unique papers however, ASA policy limits authors to presenting only one single-authored paper and no more than two multi-authored papers on the final program.
  • Authors may submit a paper to only one Regular Session topic. Authors may submit a paper to a Regular Session topic and elect a Section topic as a secondary choice. The online submission system provides submission options reflecting this policy.
  • Authors may submit a paper to a Section topic and elect a secondary Section topic or Regular Session topic choice. The online submission system provides submission options reflecting this policy.
  • If a submission is rejected by the primary choice, it will transferred automatically to the secondary choice. 
  • Authors may submit to a roundtable session as their primary choice, as a secondary, or tertiary option. Only roundtable sessions may be selected as a tertiary choice and the online submission system provides options that reflect this policy. 

Participation Policies

Only one single-authored paper presentation is permitted. Authors who have more than one single-authored paper accepted must decide which paper will be presented and inform the session organizers promptly.

Individuals may not be listed on more than two sessions on the program. This includes all participant roles. A “participant” is anyone listed as an author, co-author, presider, discussant, panelist, critic, roundtable presenter, discussion leader, or any similar substantive role on the program. Session organizers are exempt from this policy and there is a “professional service” exemption for workshop leaders. Participants who are accepted to more than two sessions must decide on which sessions to participate and inform the sessions organizers promptly.

Program Policies

Open Submissions. The ASA meetings have an open submission policy. Organizers are expected to select for the program the best papers submitted to them. It is against ASA and Program Committee policy for organizers to recruit presenters selectively or to impose their own pre-planned themes on sessions.

Diversity. Much of the vitality of the ASA flows from its diverse membership. With this in mind, it is the policy of the ASA to include people of color, women, sociologists from small institutions or who work in government, business, and other applied settings, and international scholars in all of its programmatic activities and in the business of the Association.

Membership. Individuals who are listed on the program as participants are encouraged to hold membership in ASA. All persons listed as “Session Organizer,” must be members of the ASA.

Registration. All participants on the Annual Meeting program must register for the meeting. A “participant” is anyone who is listed as presenting author, presider, discussant, panelist, critic, workshop leader, discussion leader, table presider, or any other type of presenter. Complimentary registration may be granted to an invited speaker would not normally attend the meeting, is invited to present or participate on a scheduled session, works outside the discipline/field, and is not an ASA member or ever held an ASA membership. In cases of multiple-authored papers, co-authors who will not be attending the Annual Meeting are not required to register.

How to Submit

View the webinar on Getting Your Paper on the Program as well as the How to Submit a Paper Guide.

All submissions must be made via the online submission system. The online forms will guide you through the steps required to submit your proposal. 

  1. Log in with your ASA username and password
  2. Click on the link "2020 Annual Meeting Submissions" listed under Annual Meeting
  3. Click on "Submit or Edit a Proposal" listed under the Submitter Menu
  4. Select "Submit a New Paper Proposal"

Submitters should prepare the following information and files prior to starting the online submission process. The submitter will receive an email acknowledgement upon successful submission.

  • Identify where you wish your paper to be considered (one Regular Session Topic and one Section Session; two Section Sessions; or roundtable)
  • Paper Title (15 words or less)
  • Description (250 words or less)
  • Institutional affiliations and email addresses for all co-authors
  • 15-35 page draft paper/working paper either converted to a PDF file stored locally and ready for uploading. If necessary, special tables/charts in Excel or PowerPoint can be uploaded as separate files to accompany the paper
  • AV equipment requested (if needed)


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