Frequently Asked Questions

1) What types submissions can be made to the NAREA conference? 
Answer: Selected paper submissions are proposals to present relevant scholarly work at the conference. These submissions will be considered for selected paper sessions and/or for a poster session; you can specify which (including being willing to present in either). You may also submit an organized session which will consist of selected paper submissions. Extended (500-word) abstracts are required for all submissions. We also invite proposals for discussion symposia, which allow presenters and audience to engage more dynamically. Details can be found in the call for papers.
Workshop papers address topics related to the theme of this year’s workshop are submitted separately through the workshop submission system.

2) What is the acceptance rate for abstracts? 
Answer: It depends on the number of abstracts submitted. In general, the conference acceptance rate has ranged between 60-75% in recent years.

3) My paper addresses [insert your topic here].  Is it suitable for the conference? 
Answer: NAREA conferences include a wide range of papers addressing economic and social issues related to the production, marketing and consumption of agricultural products; natural resource use; the environment; rural economic development; and the interrelation of the agricultural and rural sectors with the rest of the economy.  Submissions in these or related topic areas are welcome.  We encourage authors to review the types of papers included in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review - the organization's journal - as an indication of the type of work that is of interest to our members.

4) Can graduate students present at the conference? 
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.

5) What is the review process for NAREA submitted papers? 
Answer: Submitted abstracts are reviewed by the Selected Papers and Symposia Committee.  Final decisions are made by the Chair of the Committee and the President-Elect of NAREA.  Decisions are primarily based on significance to the field, strength of methodology/design, and clarity of writing.  Preference may be given to presenters not already on the program.  Reviews may not be blind. Some papers may be considered for inclusion in a poster session rather than a selected paper session. Proposals for organized sessions will be reviewed as part of the overall review process, and organized session proposals may be accepted in whole, rejected in whole, or accepted in part (and the accepted papers may be slotted into other sessions).

6) What is the review process for workshop papers?
Answer: The Workshop Paper Review Committee will review abstracts in terms of significance to the field, strength of methodology/design, clarity of writing and relevance to the workshop. Reviews are not blind.

7) What is the review process for discussion symposia?
Answer: The President-Elect of NAREA, as the Program Chair, will work with the Chair of the Selected Papers and Symposia Committee to identify proposals that seem likely to engage a vigorous and useful discussion among attendees and to communicate fresh and interesting topics. We encourage creativity in formats and topics.

9) What information is required for the online submission of selected papers, discussion symposia, and workshop papers?
Answer: Proposals for selected papers and workshop papers require author information (i.e. full name, institution/organization, and contact information) and an extended abstract (of no more than 500 words for the Annual Meeting; requirements for the Workshop may differ). Organized session submissions require the same information and also require that the organizing information of the session be submitted. Discussion symposium submissions must describe the topic and participants. More information is listed in the Annual Meeting and Workshop calls for papers.

10) Is a full paper required or only an abstract?
Answer: Only abstracts are required. Full papers should not be submitted, and are not required for the NAREA sessions.

11) When will I be notified about the status of my submission?
Answer: Notification dates are posted in the call for papers and on the Annual Meeting website. They typically occur in late March or early April.

12) 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.

13) Can I change the date and/or time of my 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 sessions, and coordinating presentations so that presenters are not double-booked. We are unable to accommodate requests for individual time slots or changes.

14) Can I change the order of my paper within the session?
Answer: We strongly discourage changing the order of presentations within each session after acceptance, as some attendees move from session to session in order to view individual presentations. Altering the order of presentations can cause attendees to miss important presentations. The final decision, however, rests with the moderator of each session. If you feel you really must change the order, please contact the moderator and the chair of the Program Committee as early as possible so the program can be printed with the correct order.

15) What is the time allotment for paper presentations?
Answer: Sessions will run for 75-90 minutes. Most of the selected paper sessions have four papers scheduled for presentation. We suggest allowing around 15-18 minutes for presentations, leaving a few minutes for questions/discussion after each presentation. When only three papers are scheduled in a session, it is better to still take that amount of time so that people can move between sessions to attend different talks. Session moderators will make final decisions regarding minutes per presentation. Organized symposium chairs have more freedom in how they organize their session given that they developed the topic and invited speakers.

16) Will a projector and a laptop will be available in each room?
Answer: A projector will be available, but a laptop may not. The session moderator will contact all presenters to arrange details as necessary.

17) Do presenters have to pay the meeting registration fee?
Answer: Yes. All attendees must pay the registration fee, including those presenting papers. All presenters must be members of NAREA.

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