SAS Global Forum 2012, Orlando, Florida, April 22-25, 2012

How to Submit a Paper
      – and Other Relevant Questions

This page will answer frequently asked questions regarding submitting to SAS Global Forum 2012.

  • How to submit a paper?
    • Papers fall into three categories: Contributed Papers, Invited Papers, and SAS Papers. Contributed and Invited papers are submitted through the online Call for Papers system. Only someone who has received an Invited Submission code from a Section Chair can submit in the Invited Paper category. SAS employees may co-author a Contributed or Invited paper, but the submission must be done by the non-SAS author. For SAS Papers, a separate, internal Call for Papers will be issued at SAS.

  • How (and when) are papers selected?
    • Conference leaders review and select papers. Each contributed submission, which should contain an abstract and a working draft, is judged on the quality of the idea and the writing. Leaders will make final decisions after receiving all submissions. The section chairs will notify authors by Jan. 12, 2012.

      If your submission is accepted, the abstract is considered final and will be edited so trademarks will be properly acknowledged when your abstract is published in conference materials. The 125-word abstract should include the SAS software mentioned in your presentation and any operating systems to which your paper is limited.

      The working draft is not considered your final paper and will not be published. It should contain at least 1,000 words of actual text and should present the reader with a clear concept of your paper's focus, direction and quality.

  • If my paper is selected, when is my final version due?
    • If accepted, the final PDF version of your paper will be due on or before Wednesday, March 14, 2012, for inclusion in the SAS Global Forum 2012 Proceedings. You will be required to submit a signed copyright grant.

  • Are all papers automatically accepted?
    • No, the conference chair has final approval over all papers. The conference's success over the years has made the selection process more difficult. A well-developed working draft will assist the section chairs in identifying the papers and topics of interest to the attendees of SAS Global Forum 2012.

  • What kinds of papers are appropriate?
    • Each section description explains in detail what the section chairs are anticipating. In general, papers describing real-world applications of SAS software are particularly appropriate submissions. Tips and techniques on effective or innovative uses that others can adapt are also well-received papers. Theoretical or general overview papers are also welcome.

  • Can I give a paper about my consulting services or a product that I have developed?
    • A paper about your work is acceptable. However, the paper may not include price lists, support commitments, promotional information or other descriptions of a sales nature.

  • How long can my paper be?
    • Contributed
      The final version of your contributed paper should be no more than 10-12 publishable pages, including any charts, figures, source code and so on. You will have 20 minutes to present your paper. (The Coders' Corner and Poster sections are exceptions due to the format. If interested in these sections, check with the appropriate section chair.)

      Invited
      If you have been invited to present a paper, the final version should be no more than 20 to 25 publishable pages. You will have 50 minutes to present your paper.

  • If I submit a contributed paper and it is accepted, when will I receive confirmation of its acceptance?
    • Final decisions will be made after all submissions are received. The section chairs will notify authors by Jan. 12, 2012.

  • Is my attendance required at the conference if my paper is accepted?
    • Yes, at least one author is required to attend and present at the conference.

  • What if I have a question about the paper submission process?
    • You should contact Andy Kuligowski, the Conference Chair.

  • What if I have a specific question about one of the section descriptions, and what papers are applicable to that section?
    • You should contact the section chair(s) in charge of that section. Contact information for each section chair is available in the SAS Global Forum 2012 Conference section descriptions.

  • What if I have questions about the conference in general?
    • You can find all of the details about the conference on this site. You can also call the SAS Global Forum 2012 hotline at 919-531-5001 or contact us.

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