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Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

International Congress

LASA Papers Acceptance Procedure

  1. All panel/individual proposals are received by LASA Secretariat by September 7, 2016 (17:00 hours EDT).
  2. The proposals are reviewed to ensure no critical information is missing. If the proposals do not have a track selected, they will be taken out of consideration
  3. The proposals are grouped by track and sent to the Track Chairs for evaluation.
  4. If the Track Chair/s does not think a proposal fits correctly into their track, the proposal will be sent to the Track Chair/s they believe has a better fit for evaluation.
  5. Track Chairs evaluate the proposals based on the criteria below: (the maximum score for a panel or individual paper is 100).
    1. Significance/appeal for the field and scholars in related fields (score 1-50);
    2. Clarity/coherence in the presentation of theme or argument (score 1-25);
    3. Compliance with submission instructions (score 1-25).
  6. The Track Chairs group high scoring individual papers into panels based on common theme and assign a panel name.
  7. The Track Chairs then send the classification of the panels by Track back to LASA Secretariat.
  8. LASA Secretariat calculates the percentage of panel proposals by track compared to the total number of panels proposed for LASA2017. For example, if 50 panels were proposed for the AGR track, from a total of 1,000 panels proposed for LASA2017, the percent of AGR track panels is 5%.
  9. LASA Secretariat calculates the total number of panels for LASA2017 based on meeting space and schedule. For this example, we will use a total of 600 panels for LASA2017.
  10. LASA Secretariat calculates the number of panels per track which will be accepted based on the percent of proposals received by that track compared to the total and the space available. In our example, 5% of proposals were received in the AGR track compared to the total number of tracks sent to LASA2017; therefore, 5% of the total panel capacity for LASA2017 will be assigned to the AGR track. In this case (5%*600 = 30 panels, 30 panels will be accepted from the AGR track). The top 30 panels ranked will be accepted for the AGR track.
  11. The same process is followed per each track until all the available space has been exhausted. In this example, it will be until all 600 panels are selected.
  12. The sessions are reviewed and placed into the Program by the Program Chairs for LASA2017.
  13. Notifications of acceptance/rejection of panels are sent by November 20th, 2016.
    1. *Accepted participants will be required to pre-register for the Congress by March 14th, 2017 (17:00 hrs EDT). Participants who do not pre-register will be removed from the Program and will not be allowed to participate in LASA2017.
    2. *Decisions are final and cannot be appealed. Rejected participants are invited to apply next year to LASA2018.

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