2021 Guidelines to Submit a Knowledge Forum

Submission deadline: April 30, 2021 (11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time) 

Submission Portal   Call for Papers - downloadable pdf


ACR 2021 will feature various types of 90-minute forums that are intended to foster diverse thinking and representation through panel discussions, roundtables, seminars, sets of short presentations, tutorials, or workshops. Contemporary topical knowledge forums will resonate with our conference theme. All ACR conference registrants are welcome to attend Knowledge Forums. Please note these Forums will be presented live throughout the month of October 2021. 

Knowledge Forums are intended to focus on a specific topic or issue but are intentionally open-ended to encourage new ideas and insights. These Forums are an opportunity for a group of researchers to discuss cutting-edge research ideas and/or technical issues, generate new ideas, develop collaborative relationships, and share their interests with the broader ACR community. 

Knowledge Forums are open to submissions from all ACR members. Forum proposals should clearly present an organized approach (e.g., panel, tutorial, workshop, etc.) to a particular topic or set of related topics of interest. Forums are designed to complement the more formal presentations in Competitive Papers and Special Sessions. To make the most of this opportunity, we encourage forum organizers and participants to brainstorm and exchange ideas before the official forum discussions. 

Submissions must include: 
1. The name of the primary organizer(s). 
2. A title that specifies the broad topic for discussion and the objective of the gathering. 
3. A 50-word abstract of the proposed forum for publication in the conference program. 
4. A 500 to 750-word extended abstract single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman, with 1-inch margins, explaining the session's purpose and content to be included in the ACR Proceedings, including a brief description of how pre-conference discussions will be facilitated. 

Evaluation and selection will emphasize the quality and rigor of the submission. Session leaders are responsible for quality control over the discussion in their sessions, for enforcing deadlines, and for submitting all materials through the conference Submission Website. Please note that managing your colleagues is a significant and sometimes impossible task, but it is absolutely critical to the quality of your session. Consider and communicate how you will generate good preparation and participation. 

Knowledge Forums will be presented live in the weeks leading up to the conference. During the conference, there will be 75-minute interactive sessions scheduled for additional discussion related to Knowledge Forum topics. We encourage participants to attend (or watch the resulting video of) the Knowledge Forum in advance of participating in the live session. 

Please direct any further questions about the Knowledge Forum to the co-chairs, Frederick Wherry (ffwherry@princeton.edu), Jonah Berger (jberger@wharton.upenn.edu) or Michael Luchs (michael.luchs@mason.wm.edu). Please include “ACR KNOWLEDGE FORUM” in the subject line. 

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