The research group Migration & Minorities of the Swiss Sociological Association is co-organizing a panel at the 2019 ARIC (in French):
17ème Congrès International l’Association Internationale pour la Recherche Interculturelle (ARIC) organisé à la Haute école de travail social de Genève, HETS/HES-SO Genève, 17-21 Juin 2019 – Délai pour la soumission des propositions individuelles de communication ou de poster: 11 janvier 2019. Pour plus d’information cf. aric2019.hes-so.ch
The call for the NCCR on the move Graduate Conference of Migration and Mobility Studies is now open. The conference will take place on 13 and 14 September 2018 in Neuchâtel.
Deadline for submission: 31 March 2018.
No, I don’t mean you should read your paper at a conference, that’s just too boring to listen to (so even if you have something interesting to say, we might not be paying attention). You should read your manuscript aloud before submitting it to a journal (or an abstract before you submit it to a conference). Reading aloud is quite useful to check the manuscript because doing so slows you down: you read it more carefully — and you might spot things you want to change.
Rejections are a basic part of academic life, but being rejected from a conference (book project, special issue) can be particularly frustrating, especially if it wasn’t a top-notch conference. It might have been that your abstract wasn’t written well. Panel organizers at most conferences receive (many) more submissions than they accommodate, and often the abstract is the basis for a selection. It might have been that you misjudged or undersold the paper. In this case, the paper is unlikely to be rejected many times if you just submit it elsewhere.
Often, however, the reason papers are rejected from conferences is that they don’t quite fit. It can even happen that a paper fits quite well with the conference theme or the call for papers, but there is a set of paper that speak to each other in a way that creates coherence. It can happen that a paper is outstanding, but is the only one focusing on a particular aspect, while others focus on a different aspect. (These are the most difficult papers to reject.)
What do we take away from this? Just like with journal articles, a single rejection doesn’t tell you much about the quality of the paper. There might have been other reasons. Consistent rejections, however, are a cause of concern…