Conference Papers and Sessions
Conference Registration and Hotel
I want to bring my spouse/friend/child/significant other to the conference only to sit in on my paper session. They will not be presenting or actually participating in the conference. Do I have to register that individual?
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Submissions are accepted year round. Submission fees are $60 for current SEA members and $200 for nonmembers. A SEA Membership may be purchased in conjunction with the Submission Fee to qualify for the SEA member submission fee. There is no fee for resubmission.
You may submit a paper by clicking the “Conferences” link in the green menu at the top of the screen. Then click the “Submit a Paper” link located in the center of the page. You should then be able to enter your paper information and abstract by following the onscreen instructions. Your paper description should be 1,000 characters or less. You can also enter your credit card submission fee payment during this process. For further reference, view the full paper submission instructions by clicking here.
No. You may submit an abstract of your research. The full paper is not required until 30 days prior to the conference.
The SEA does not specify a word limit for abstract submissions. The file to be uploaded should be 20 MB or less and in either PDF .doc, or .docx format. For additional information, please view the full paper submission instructions by clicking here.
No. However, you will have to register for the conference and pay the registration fee in order to attend and present your paper.
No. If you wish to have your paper considered for publication in the Southern Economic Journal®, please visit the SEJ page for more information by clicking the Journal link at the top of the page.
Complete sessions may be entered online at www.southerneconomic.org. However, for control purposes, the SEA Conference website requires our office to grant access to the conference session submission function on an individual basis. To receive access to enter a complete session, please email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, affiliation, and email address. We will gladly grant you track chair status as well as send you the SEA Conference complete session submission instructions. Administrative privileges are password specific and will enable you to submit and edit your sessions only. The deadline for session submissions is April 1, 2018.
Session participants’ contact information will be available after the program is released online. To access participant contact information, please log in to your SEA Account Profile. To login to the SEA website, click the “Sign In” link located on the right side of the green menu at the top of the screen, and sign in using your email address and password. After successful log in, program participant contact information and any paper files that have been uploaded will be available as hyperlinks on the SEA Conference Program Webpages. To access your SEA Conference Program appearances, please hover over the “Conferences” button located in the green navigation menu at the top of the SEA Homepage and click the “2018 Meeting” link from the Conferences drop down menu. Please click the “Program Participants” link. Then enter your last name in the last name field and click “Search.” After locating your name in the search results, please click on your name to display all conference participation details. For individual contact information, please click on the individual’s name in the session listing. To access any paper files that may have been uploaded, please click on the paper title. Please note: Participant contact information is only visible after logging in.
No. Starting with the 2009 program, online access to contact information was restricted to logged-in program administrators, SEA members, conference participants, and registrants. The text of the contact information will not reside on any static pages that can be “harvested” by web-crawlers.
Each meeting room will be equipped with an LCD projector and VGA cable connectors. Overhead projectors will not be provided. Session participants are responsible for providing their own laptop computers for use in concurrent meetings and coordinating compatibility with the provided equipment as well as with other session participants as applicable. If other audio visual equipment or connectors are needed, the participant will be responsible for making the arrangements through the hotel and for the rental cost of the additional equipment.
SEA 2017 Conference Pre-Registration rates are listed below. After the Pre-Registration Deadline on November 3, 2017, Registration rates increase by $50 USD.
- Professional Member Pre-Registration $200
- Professional Non-Member Pre-Registration $280
- Student Pre-Registration (Includes student membership; valid student ID required) $50
- Guest Pre-Registration $280
- Youth Registration $15
- Youth Registrations must be purchased with a professional registration and do not include admission to the Presidential Luncheon. Youth registrants must be accompanied by adult registrant at all conference events.
- Add Youth Presidential Lunch Access $45
To register for the conference, you must first “Sign In” to your SEA account. If you have forgotten your SEA account password, you may click on “Forgot password?” to reset your password. If you do not have an SEA account, please click on “Create an Account”. Once you have signed in, please hover over the “2018 Meetings” link located in the green navigation menu at the top of the SEA Homepage and click the “2018 Conference” link from the drop-down menu. Please click on the “Registration” button at the top of the Conference page. Select the applicable registration fee and click the green “Continue” button at the bottom of the page. You may choose to add a membership option to your cart at this time or just click “Continue” to proceed. Please verify the registrant information and click “Continue.” You may also choose to “Add a Guest” to your cart, then click “Continue.” Please “Review Registration” details, then click “Proceed to Checkout.” Once you have completed the payment information required, please click “Complete Transaction.”
The SEA encourages individuals interested in renewing or purchasing their SEA memberships to do so when they register for the conference. Please note, your membership must extend through the time of the conference to be eligible for Conference Member Registration. If a guest will be accompanying you to the conference, you may add the appropriate guest registration during the registration process. Please note, participants on the program are not eligible for “Guest Registration.”
It is too expensive. Additional cards, beyond what we accept, would incur an extra monthly charge on top of what we already pay to have the ability to process charges. The Association, as economists, attempts to minimize costs.
Security and costs have become very serious matters since 2001. Hotels have stepped up their security and all professional associations are trying to more accurately control their costs. As an economist, one can also see it as a response to the free rider problem. As long as conference revenues are what make the Journal and the annual conference possible, we must try to minimize that problem.
I want to bring my spouse / friend / child / significant other to the conference only to sit in on my paper session. They will not be presenting or actually participating in the conference. Do I have to register that individual?
Yes. In order to control costs, deal with the free rider problem, and provide the required security for the conference, SEA policy requires any individual attending any session of the conference in any capacity to register and pay the appropriate conference registration fee.
The conference hotel rates we are quoted depend on the specific dates we need, the occupancy rates of the hotel on those dates, and the number of rooms we commit that our participants will purchase over the days of the conference. The ASSA brings the hotels it contracts for, between 8000 and 10,000 room night bookings. The SEA has more like 1,000. As a result of the time of the year, i.e. Thanksgiving as opposed to immediately following Christmas, hotel occupancy rates are higher and the vastly smaller number of rooms we contract for, we, and almost all other professional associations, pay significantly higher rates. The room rates that we pay also pay for the conference meeting room space utilized by the various academic paper sessions.
Our contracts with the hotels include a sliding scale on the cost of the meeting rooms we reserve for the conference sessions. The scale is based on how many room nights are booked by participants in our conference. The more participants who stay at the hotel, the less the meeting space costs the Association. It would therefore be against the Association’s interest to refer participants to stay elsewhere. We do try to negotiate the best rates we can for a conference our size, at the time of year, and in the locations that members seem to prefer.