Type of Sessions (with formatting guidelines)
Please use the descriptions below to select the type of session that best fits your submission.
All submissions to Competitive Sessions must be fully developed papers and require giving a formal presentation at the conference. Papers submitted to a competitive session may be accepted for a such a session or for an interactive session, depending on the quality of the paper, available space, or fit in the conference program. Please see additional submission guidelines below.
Submissions to Interactive Sessions typically are shorter manuscripts or works-in-progress that can benefit from informal feedback from other participants. They may also include fully developed papers that could not be accepted for a Competitive Session, as explained above. Interactive Sessions are held in a roundtable discussion format and feature shorter oral presentations that allow for engaging interaction with other scholars with similar interests (please note, the format for interactive presentations may be significantly different in a virtual conference). Please see additional submission guidelines below.
Additional guidelines for submissions to Competitive Sessions and Interactive Sessions
- Papers must be fewer than 12,000 words inclusive of all materials, including appendices and references. Papers exceeding these limits may be returned to the author(s).
- Papers must contain no information that identifies the author(s) on the title page or elsewhere in the document. Submitter should clean the paper’s File Properties to remove identifying information.
- Papers must follow the JIBS Style Guide.
- Submissions that consist only of abstracts, extended abstracts, or research proposals will not be accepted.
Panel Discussion Sessions
Panel Discussion Sessions are forums for issues of contemporary interest to IB scholars. Panels are organized as a single submission by a panel chair around a common theme. Panels may have various formats –roundtable discussions, keynote and discussion with senior scholars not normally involved in the AIB, pro and con debates, or professional development workshops.
- A panel session must allocate substantial time to a genuine interchange among the panelists, and/or between panelists and the audience. When designing the panel, keep in mind you will have 75 minutes for the session.
- To facilitate sufficient time for genuine interchange and discussion, panels should constitute no more than 4 people presenting on a specific theme, and the total time for presentations should not exceed 2/3 of the total session time (i.e., 50 mins for a 75-minute session).
- Panel submissions that simply feature a series of paper presentations will be rejected.
- We recommend the following approach when developing the panel:
- Identify a theme and create a detailed abstract that summarizes the theme and issues the panel aims to address;
- recruit scholars or other experts and request they identify thematic topics that are consistent with the abstract;
- based on the identified topics, create a program that is coherent, meaningful and which follows a logical order of the expected presentations and discussion;
- request panelists to present and discuss their topics accordingly;
- request each panelist to formulate at least two questions that they would like to ask one or more other panelists about their topic, during the panel discussion;
- the chair or other participant might serve as moderator or timekeeper to keep the panel on track and ensure sufficient time for substantive interaction and discussion.
This approach is intended to create a panel that features substantial discussion and Q&A among the panelists and with the audience, comprising a significant portion of the total session time.
Additional guidelines for submissions to Panel Discussion Sessions
Panel proposals should be no more than 6,000 words inclusive of all materials, and must be submitted by the panel chair. All panel proposals must include:
- A Title Page that includes the panel name, the session format (e.g., pro and con debate, moderated roundtable discussion, keynote and commentary, professional development workshop, etc.) and the panel participants.
- The name, affiliation, email address, and role of each participant in the panel (chair, discussant, and/or panelist). All panelists listed in the submission must appear and present at the conference. Each panel must specify a chair. A second chair and/or a discussant are optional.
- A detailed overview of the main issue(s) addressed or arguments to be made in the panel.
- Any special technical setup that the panel may require (only if beyond a standard video conferencing setup: i.e., need for breakouts, polling, and other advanced features). The feasibility of any special requirements will be part of the evaluation criteria.
- Copies of emails or letters from each participant stating they agree to participate in the panel if the proposal is accepted. Failure to include these confirmations will count against the proposal.