American Sociological Association

Paper Submissions

Call for Submissions

The ASA online portal is now closed to submissions.

Regular Sessions are sessions that are planned around a general topic/area of study and therefore do not issue individual calls. Regular sessions are open to all paper submissions that meet the criteria below. Regular sessions are independent of ASA Section programming. Use the link in the box to the right to view the list of regular session topics.

Section Sessions are planned by the ASA Sections. Section sessions are open to all paper submissions that meet the criteria below. Use the link in the box to the right to view the list of open section sessions.

Roundtable Sessions are sessions that use the roundtable model. Individual round tables are organized around a common theme and papers are assigned to the appropriate table. ASA Sections sponsor roundtables and there is the Open Refereed Roundtable which is independent of the ASA Sections. Roundtable sessions are open to all paper submissions that meet the criteria below.

Student Forum Sessions provide an outlet for graduate and undergraduate sociology students.

Paper Requirements

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. Papers that were accepted to the 2020 Annual Meeting but were not presented are eligible for resubmission.
     
  • 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

Submitters may elect to a submit either full papers (15-35 pages) or extended abstracts (3-5 pages).  If participants submit an abstract and it is accepted, the full paper will be expected to be sent to the session participants at least one month before the Annual Meeting. Please note that the acceptance of extended abstracts is a change from previous requirements. 

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 or roundable 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, roundtable or regular session topic choice. The online submission system provides submission options reflecting this policy.
     
  • If a submission is not accepted by the primary choice, it will be transferred automatically to the secondary choice and/or third 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 organizer of the session from which they wish to withdraw immediately.
     
  • 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, presenter, presider/table presider, discussant, panelist, moderator, leader, or any similar substantive role on the program. Session organizers and mentors are exempt from this policy. Participants who appear on more than two sessions must decide on which sessions to participate and inform the session organizer of the session from which they wish to withdraw immediately.
     
  • 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.
     
  • All participants on the Annual Meeting program must register for the meeting by May 7. Participants who do not register by May 7 may be removed from the program. A participant is anyone listed as a Book Forum author, presenter, presider/table presider, discussant, mentor, panelist, moderator, leader, or any similar substantive role on the program. For multiple-authored papers, co-authors who are not presenting and will not be attending the Annual Meeting are not required to register and should be designated as Non-Presenters during submission.

How to Submit

View the webinar on Getting Your Paper on the Program.

Review the How to Submit a Paper guide.

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 
  • 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 or extended abstract (3-5 pages) 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)

All submissions must be made via the online submission portal. The online forms will guide you through the steps required to submit your proposal. You will have one hour to complete your submission. The system will log you out after one hour of inactivity. Any unsaved work will be lost. 

  1. Go to the online submission portal. Log in using your ASA username and password.
  2. Under the Submitter Menu, select Submit or Edit a Proposal.
  3. Select Submit a New Paper Proposal.
  4. Select the type of session you wish to submit to as your first choice.

    Confirmation of Proposal Submission
    All electronic proposal submissions will receive an email confirmation from do_not_reply@allacademic.com. Please save the confirmation email for future reference. If you do not immediately receive your confirmation email, please check your junk or spam folder. Contact meetings@asanet.org if you do not receive an email confirmation of your submission within 12 hours.

    Acceptance Notification
    In March 2021, you will receive an acceptance or decline email for each proposal you submitted. If your submission was accepted by your second/third choice option, that indicates that your first choice session organizer declined to accept the submission. 

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