Frequently Asked Questions - NAREA Workshop

What types of submissions are accepted for the NAREA Workshop?
Answer:The modern food system has important effects on consumers, the natural environment, and society more generally.  At the same time, a wide range of policies, economic incentives and other factors influence the food system and determine its outcomes and impacts.  The 2015 Institute of Medicine/National Research Council (IOM/NRC) report, A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System, outlines how such impacts can be evaluated but stops short of providing actual research results.

This pre-conference workshop seeks to highlight recent advances in the economic analysis of food systems in the U.S. as well as globally. We seek papers that address individual impacts and causes as well as papers that examine system-wide interactions within the food system, including production, distribution and consumption linkages. 

Examples of the questions and issues we expect papers to examine include: the growing conflict over global land use around cities and what this means for food production capacity; the potential for urban agriculture to meet (some of) the food needs of cities; implications of climate change for the (shifting) optimal locations of individual establishments within the U.S. food distribution system; institutional innovations targeted at incentives that influence the amount of waste in the food system; the potential for public policy to mitigate the prevalence of “food deserts;” the changing food system as a complex, adaptive network; implications for energy use of moving towards a food diet that is more consistent with federal dietary guidelines; etc. Additional details can be found in the Call for Papers and the Objectives and Motivation. 

Is there a stipend for presenters of papers at the 2018 Workshop?
Answer: Thanks to a USDA/NIFA conference grant we will be able to provide a combination of travel support and honoraria on a limited basis.

Are there page charges for workshop papers that become accepted in the special issue of ARER?
Answer:  All paper processing fees will be covered for papers accepted into the journal.

Can graduate students present at the workshop?
Answer: Yes!  We welcome presentations from graduate students, and encourage students to work closely with faculty as co-authors or mentors to enhance the quality of their presented papers.

What is the review process for workshop papers?
Answer: The Workshop Paper Review Committee will review the extended abstracts in terms of significance to the field, strength of methodology/design, clarity of writing and application to the workshop. Reviews will occur in late February and in March.  The Workshop Committee will notify authors of their decision on all submitted papers by March 31, 2018.  Reviews are blind.

What is the difference between a workshop paper and a selected paper at the regular NAREA meeting?
Answer: Papers submitted to the NAREA meeting will be considered for inclusion in the program of the regular NAREA annual meeting June 11-13, and may be on a broad range of topics. Papers submitted to the workshop should relate to the theme of this year's workshop, and should be advanced enough that the authors can submit their paper for inclusion in the special issue of ARER by July, 2017.

What information is required the online submission of workshop papers?
Answer: The submission of proposals for the workshop papers require author information (i.e. full name, institution/organization, and contact number) and an extended abstract of no more than 1500 words. More details are available on the “Submit Workshop Abstract” tab on the Workshop webpage

Is a full paper required or only an abstract for a workshop paper?
Answer: Only extended abstracts are required.  Full papers will be required by mid-July for all Workshop presenters that plan to submit a manuscript to be considered in the special issue of ARER. 

When will I be notified about the status of my Workshop paper submission?
Answer: Notification dates are posted in the call for Workshop papers and on the Annual Meeting website.  The anticipated notification date is March 31, 2018. 

I missed the submission deadline (e.g., due to website or computer problems, misreading the due date, etc.).  Can you accept a late submission?
Answer: Only in the most rare and unavoidable circumstances will the deadline be extended.  Difficulty with the web submission process is not sufficient justification for an extension.  We suggest submitting abstracts a few days early to make sure everything proceeds smoothly.

Can I change the date and/or time of my Workshop paper presentation?  Can I request a specific date and/or time for my presentation?
Answer: No.  The program is put together under numerous constraints, including the distribution of topics within and across different Workshop sessions, and coordinating presentations so that presenters are not double-booked. We are generally unable to accommodate requests for individual time slots or changes.

Can I change the order of my paper within the session?
Answer: We strongly discourage changing the order of presentations within each Workshop session after acceptance.  Altering the order of presentations can cause attendees to miss important presentations.  The final decision, however, rests with the moderator of each Workshop session.  

What is the time allotment for workshop presentations?
Answer: We expect that most of the Workshop sessions will include four papers, so we suggest allowing around 20 minutes for presentations, leaving five minutes for questions/discussion after each presentation. When only three papers are scheduled in a session, individual presentations can run for 25 minutes with an additional 7 or 8 minute period for questions/discussion. The Workshop session moderators will make final decisions regarding minutes per presentation.

Will a projector and a laptop will be available in the room?
Answer: Yes.  Presenters simply need to bring their presentation file on a thumb drive and load it to the laptop prior to the start of their presentation session.

Do workshop presenters have to pay the workshop registration fee or the regular NAREA Meeting registration fee?
Answer: Yes, all Workshop presenters need to pay the Workshop fee.  We also encourage all Workshop participants to come for the NAREA meeting and present a paper as part of the general NAREA meeting.   If you attend and/or present a paper at the NAREA conference, you will also need to pay the registration fee for the conference. All workshop and conference participants need to be NAREA Members.