Coming soon — Watch this space over the next few weeks for an update on the theme for next year’s SSP Annual Meeting and details on how to submit your proposal. The next Annual Meeting, SSP’s 41st, will be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego, CA, from May 29–May 31, 2019.
As before, several submission types are available, so potential presenters can share their expertise in a format that will produce the most valuable experience for participants. You will select the format that works best for your content when submitting your session proposal:
- Concurrent sessions, either 60 or 90 minutes in length, are designed for multiple speakers to present a specific topic or learning objective. All concurrent sessions should be interactive, represent diverse perspectives, and provide new information to attendees from across the publishing industry. Submission opens October 12 and closes November 16.
- Pre-meeting seminars—in-depth, 3-hour workshops held just before the conference—provide deeper learning and interactivity around a topic for an additional fee. These sessions should be instructive and interactive, with clear learning goals and specific benefits to attendees. Submission opens October 12 and closes December 14.
- Sponsored sessions, shorter sessions designed to make conference attendees aware of new products or ideas, are also held before the opening keynote. Sponsors may choose whether attendance is free to all attendees or by invitation only. Submission opens October 12 and closes December 14.
- Watch for the Previews Session call to open in January!
Tips for your 2019 SSP Annual Meeting Proposal
Choosing the final batch of sessions for the SSP Annual Meeting is a highly selective process thanks to the large number of high-quality submissions we receive each year! Here are some suggestions from the 2019 Annual Meeting Program Committee co-chairs to help you write the best possible proposal:
- Consider your audience: Attendees at the SSP Annual Meeting are there to meet colleagues, learn about new trends, and gain practical skills that help them in their careers. They are executives, editors, salespersons, marketing and product managers, librarians, and technologists. The best session proposals proposal are those targeted enough to teach their key audience something new while still being of interest to those from other groups in the industry.
- Be specific: The more specific you are about the goals and objective of your sessions when submitting your proposals, the better! Please be sure to tell us what track and audiences you have in mind, and suggest a few names or types of speakers who you would plan to invite. Remember that SSP encourages a diverse range of speakers and viewpoints in every session.
- Consider the theme: The themes and tracks chosen for the 2019 Annual Meeting are a sign of what the committee considers interesting to attendees. Consider how your submission might tie in to the theme and the issues related to it.
- Unsure? Please ask! Be sure to reach out if you have any questions while submitting a session proposal. Contact Jennifer Lanphere at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again SSP will be using ScholarOne as our Abstract Management Service. Please note that all session proposals must be submitted through ScholarOne by the appropriate deadline. Our committee will begin reviewing papers immediately after each deadline, so we regret that we cannot accept late submissions. Incomplete sessions will also not be reviewed, so don’t forget to hit submit! Again, please reach out if you have any questions while submitting a session proposal.