Frequently Asked Questions

General
How do I update my contact information?
I’m having trouble logging in to the website. I entered my User ID and Password, but I’m still not able to log in.
I want to submit a paper to the SEJ. When is the deadline to submit papers, and how much is the submission fee?

Conference Papers and Sessions
How do I submit a paper online for the SEA conference?
Do I have to submit my finished paper right now?
How long should my abstract submission be, and what are the file specifications?
Do I have to be a member of the SEA to submit a paper for the conference?
Do you publish papers that are presented at the conference?
How do I submit a complete session?
How do I view contact information for participants in my session(s)?
Will my contact information be available to the public from the conference program?
Do I have to bring my own laptop for my powerpoint presentation? Is an overhead projector available?

Conference Registration and Hotel
How much does it cost to register?
How do I register for the Conference?
Why don’t you take all credit cards?
Why do you insist that participants wear name badges? I was stopped by your security personnel who asked to see mine.
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?
That’s the conference rate for the hotel? I paid a lot less at the ASSA meetings!
Why can’t you refer me to a cheaper hotel?

How do I update my contact information?
To update your information on the SEA Website, first log in using the “Sign In” link at the top right side of the page.  Then hover over the “Your Account” navigation menu and select the “Your Account Profile” link.  You may then make changes or corrections to your account information.  Please note, you must click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page to finalize your changes.

I’m having trouble logging in to the website. I entered my User ID and Password, but I’m still not able to log in.
Cookies must be enabled on your computer to login to the SEA website. To confirm that your computer is set to allow cookies, please use the instructions listed for your browser and operating system.

Internet Explorer:
Open your internet browser and click “Tools” on the browser menu bar at the top of your screen. In the “Tools” menu, please select “Internet Options”. Then click on the “Privacy” tab and “Advanced”. In the “Advanced” options, please select “Override automatic cookie handling” at the top of the window and “Always allow session cookies” underneath. Click “OK” twice to exit the menu. Close and reopen your browser.

Safari:
From the menu bar, select “Safari.” Then click “Preferences,” “Privacy,” “Block cookies.” Then select, “From third parties and advertisers.”

Chrome (Windows):
Select the wrench box at the top right corner of the page menu area. Select “Settings.” This will open a Chrome Settings webpage. At the bottom of the webpage, select the link, “Show advanced settings.” Under “Privacy,” select the “Content settings…” box. Under “Cookies,” select “Allow local data to be set.” Select “OK” at the bottom right corner of the Content settings.

Chrome (Mac):
From the menu bar, select “Chrome,” “Preferences.” This will open another browser tab with the Chrome Settings webpage. At the bottom of the webpage, select the link, “Show advanced settings.” Under “Privacy,” select the “Content settings…” box. Under “Cookies,” select “Allow local data to be set.” Select “OK” at the bottom right corner of the Content settings.

Mozilla Firefox (Windows):
Select the “Firefox” tab at the top left of the browser window. Select “Options,” “Privacy.” No selection as Firefox keeps cookies unless you remove them at this option page.

Mozilla Firefox (Mac):
From the menu bar, select “Firefox,” “Preferences,” “Privacy.” Check “Accept cookies from sites.”

If you still experience difficulty, please contact our office at sea@utc.edu.

I want to submit a paper to the Southern Economic Journal. When is the deadline to submit papers, and how much is the submission fee?
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.

How do I submit a paper online for the SEA Conference?
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.

Do I have to submit my finished paper right now?
No. You may submit an abstract of your research. The full paper is not required until 30 days prior to the conference.

How long should my abstract submission be, and what are the file specifications?
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.

Do I have to be a member of the SEA to submit a paper for the conference?
No. However, you will have to register for the conference and pay the registration fee in order to attend and present your paper.

Do you publish papers that are presented at the conference?
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.

How do I submit a complete session?
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 sea2017@virginia.edu 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 1st.

How do I view contact information for participants in my session(s)?
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 “2017 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.

Will my contact information be available to the public from the conference program?
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.

Do I have to bring my own laptop for my powerpoint presentation? Is an overhead projector available?
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.

How much does it cost to register?
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

How do I register for the conference?

To register for the conference, please hover over the “Conferences” button located in the green navigation menu at the top of the SEA Homepage and click the “Registration” link from the Conferences drop down menu.  Please choose the applicable registration fee, and click “Add to Cart.”  Then, click the green “Continue” button at the bottom of the page.  If you have not already logged in to your SEA Account Profile, you will be prompted to login.  If you have forgotten your SEA account password, choose the blue “Forgot your password?” link to reset your password.  If you do not have an SEA Account, please choose the blue “Create an Account” link just above the Username box.   Please note, the SEA website changed in January 2015.  If you have not logged in to the SEA website since January 2015, you will need to create a new password to access the website content.  

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.”

Why don’t you take all credit cards?
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.

Why do you insist that participants wear name badges? I was stopped by your security personnel who asked to see mine.
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.

That’s the conference rate for the hotel? I paid a lot less at the ASSA meetings!
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.

Why can’t you refer me to a cheaper hotel?
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.