Session formats for 2018 include (1) Complete Panel/Paper Session, (2) Lightning Talk, (3) Poster, (4) Lecture, (5) Roundtable, (6) Junior Scholar Symposium, and (7) working group. Please click here to view detailed session format information and session role descriptions (paper presenter, chair, discussant, etc.). Please click here for presenter guidelines.
The preliminary schedule will be posted on the MPSA website in mid-January under the Annual
Conference tab with specific days and times of sessions. At that time,
you will be able to search on your name and print the pertinent information, if needed.
You do not need to be a member of the MPSA to submit a
proposal, but you must be logged into the MPSA website. If you think you may
have an existing account (e.g. attended the conference, submitted a proposal,
been a member),
click here to retrieve your existing username and password
If you do not have an account
for the website, you may create one by following
this link. Please contact
our membership staff
with questions or concerns about
your username and password.
MPSA has over 80 sections to which
you may submit a proposal.
Pleaseclick here to view a complete list of sections and their descriptions.
What You Will Need
TURN OFF POP-UP BLOCKER IN YOUR BROWSER BEFORE YOU
SUBMIT. You do not need to be a member to submit a proposal, but you do
need an active account on the MPSA website (this is NOT the same as registering
for the conference). If you are not sure if you have an account for the website
or if you cannot remember your username and/or password,
clickhere to retrieve your username and/or password .
NOTE: Everyone must submit their own proposal using their own account. If you
are a faculty advisor, please do not submit a proposal for one of your students
when you are logged into your personal account.
The following information is required for the online
- Section(s) (up to 2) to which the proposal is being submitted.
- Title of the proposal. (This information will be included in the conference program if the proposal is accepted. There is a 250 character limit. Spaces and punctuation marks DO count as characters. Do not use tabs or hard returns.)
- Brief overview. (This information will be included in the conference program if the proposal is accepted. There is a 250 character limit. Spaces and punctuation marks count as characters. Do not use tabs or hard returns. We recommend that you write the overview before you log into the system and copy and paste it into the text box.)
- Key words.
- Abstract. (There is a 1,250 character limit. Spaces and punctuation marks DO count as characters. Do not use tabs or hard returns. We recommend that you write the abstract before you log into the system and copy and paste it into the text box.)
How It Works
Once you select the proposal link
you will be taken to the Submitter Menu. You have three options:
- Submit or Edit a Proposal, Meeting or Reception
- Volunteer to be a Chair or Discussant
- Message Center
To submit proposals, select
Submit or Edit a Proposal, Meeting or Reception. (Depending on your
Professional Level from your Background and Research Interests in your MPSA
profile: professional, grad student, undergrad, etc., you will see the
appropriate submission forms.) Select the appropriate form, next choose the
section to which you wish to submit. You may then select a secondary section
(subfield submissions may only select one section). Next add your title,
abstract, keywords, and brief overview following the instructions on the page. Next
select the “Accept and Continue” button in the bottom right of the page. Note:
watch for error messages at the top of the page.
WARNING: DO NOT USE YOUR BROWSER'S BACK BUTTON.
The Select Author(s) page will appear. You will have been
pre-populated as an author. To add a co-author, use the search box: Add/Search
for Author(s) by Last Name. Enter the author’s
last name ONLY and select the “Search for Author” button. If the author
appears in the list, select them by clicking the “Add Author” button to the
right of their affiliation. Continue to do this for all authors. Check the results carefully to determine if the person you wish
to add is already in the database.
Note: Authors MUST have an
MPSA account before you may add them as a co-author.
DO NOT create an
additional record if the person appears in the results – even if their record
needs to be updated (affiliation, email, etc.). Doing so may prevent your
co-author from accessing MPSA membership benefits and historical conference information.
If you determine that your
co-author is not in the MPSA database you will need to create a new record, you
should select “Click here to add a new record in the database”. A new browser
window will open, and you will be prompted to add a record. When you have
completed the form select the “Finish” button. Once the new record has
processed, you will see a link to close the window which will return you to the
Select Author(s) page. After you have added a new record you will
need to search again on their name to add them as a co-author.
Change the Author order by
clicking Up or Down in the Display Order field.
The authors should be listed
in the order they will appear in the final program.
To remove an author,
click “Remove” in the Action column. Once you have completed the process of
adding authors click “Accept and Continue”.
Next the Submission
Summary page will appear. Review your proposal information carefully. If you
wish to make edits, use the edit links on the far right of the page. If you are
satisfied with your proposal select the “Save and Submit” button on the bottom
right of the page.
Your confirmation will appear on the screen when you have
completed the submission process. You may print out a confirmation of your
submission at any time by visiting the Message Center on the main menu. You
should also receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. The email will
arrive within minutes of completing your submission. If you do not receive the
email, it may be due to one of the following reasons:
- You did not complete the submission process properly. Go back and review the above help notes to make sure you have completed the process.
- Your email address is incorrect. If you log in with an email account you no longer use, you will not receive email notifications.
- Your email has very sensitive spam blockers that are blocking the incoming email. You can check your "junk" email inbox, add the domain "@allacademic.com" to your safe list, and talk with your email provider to resolve this issue.
When you receive your email
confirmation, please DO NOT REPLY to All Academic. Email sent to All Academic
will not be viewed or answered. For
questions about your submission, or its status, please email MPSA conference
You may submit up to two paper proposals. Only one of two
proposals may be a single-authored paper. The same proposal may be submitted to
up to two sections, but submitting a proposal to two sections does not increase
the chance of acceptance.
If you have a terminal degree and
submit a proposal, you will also automatically be considered for the role of
Papers may be presented in a panel, symposia, or JSS format.
Subfield submissions may be presented in a Lightning Talk or poster format. (
Learnmore about session formats ). The length and format of a paper are whatever
is appropriate for publication in your subfield. First year graduate students
are only eligible to present in a poster or Lightning Talk format.
You cannot submit a full paper to the proposal submission
system. If your proposal is accepted, you will receive instructions in March about
how to submit your paper to the members of your panel by uploading it to the
MPSA paper archive.
By the end of December, you will be notified via email about
the status of your submission. Be sure to provide an email address that you
check regularly. All correspondence about your submission and the conference
will be through email.
You cannot delete a proposal once submitted.
The conference will take place over a four-day period, from
Thursday morning through Sunday afternoon. By submitting a proposal, you agree
to be available to participate during any of the four days of the conference.
Requests for specific days or times for participation are not accepted, except
for reasons related to religious observances or unusual family circumstances.
Submitting a Complete Panel
You must hold a terminal degree to submit a complete panel.
A complete panel consists of four to five papers, one chair, and two
discussants. You will need the following information to complete the form:
- Session Title
- For each paper proposal: Author Names, affiliations, email addresses, mailing address, telephone number, proposal title, abstract, overview, and keywords.
- Title of the proposals. (This information will be included in the conference program if the proposal is accepted. There is a 250 character limit. Spaces and punctuation marks count as characters. Do not use tabs or hard returns.)
- Brief overviews. (This information will be included in the conference program if the proposal is accepted. There is a 250 character limit. Spaces and punctuation marks count as characters. Do not use tabs or hard returns. We recommend that you write the overview before you log into the system and copy and paste it into the text box.)
- Key words.
- Abstracts. (There is a 1,250 character limit. Spaces and punctuation marks count as characters. Do not use tabs or hard returns. We recommend that you write the abstract before you log into the system and copy and paste it into the text box.)
- For the discussants and chairs: Name, affiliation, email address, telephone number, Note: the discussants may not serve as authors on any paper on the same session.
Please do not submit this form until you have all the
information requested above. You will not be able to submit incomplete
Questions about the electronic
submissions process, policies, or presentation formats should be directed to
MPSA conference staff at