Call for papers ARIC

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.

Read Your Manuscript Aloud

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.

CFP: Highly skilled migration in the labour market: Brain waste or brain gain?

We are seeking paper presentations on highly skilled migrants and brain waste in the (European) labour market for the annual IMISCOE conference in Rotterdam, 28 – 30 June 2017. Please submit abstracts by 1 December 2016.

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Topic and Scope
Highly skilled migration is a major phenomenon in a globalized world. The international mobility of talent has important implications for source and destination countries. To date, most studies have focused on the so-called brain drain (i.e. human capital emigration from developing countries). Recent research, however, has increasingly emphasized the phenomenon of brain waste: the underutilization of migrant education and skills in the host country. Such a labour market mismatch is often referred to as over-education (also referred to as over-qualification, over-schooling or surplus schooling. The term educational mismatch is broader; it covers both over- and under-education. Under-education occurs when workers have lower levels of education than is required for their job.). Consider the example of a migrant scientist who works as a taxi driver.

We are seeking innovative quantitative papers that examine the (different) reasons and consequences of brain waste, including contributions to better measurement of skills mismatch, either in vertical or horizontal terms. Possible research questions are the propensity of immigrants to become self-employed as a result of mismatch, their propensity to (re-) migrate due to mismatch, or their likelihood to send remittances. We particularly welcome papers that fully account for the gender dimension of brain waste.

Furthermore, the current literature does not adequately address the question of the skills mismatch a migrant would have experienced – if any – if he or she stayed in the country of origin. Notions of brain drain, and brain waste should ideally take into consideration these counterfactuals. After all, the migrant scientist working as a taxi driver may not have found adequate employment in the country of origin.

IMISCOE Annual Conference, 28 – 30 June 2017, Rotterdam

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All presenters will have to register for the conference and are given the opportunity to join the IMISCOE network (€200).

Please submit your abstract online at Deadline: 1 December 2016. Results will be announced by 15 December 2016.

Abstracts of maximum 200 words should include a clear research question, information on data and methods, as well as (expected) results.

This panel is part of an IMISCOE research initiative.

Rejected from a conference?

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…