2021 Guidelines to Submit a Special Session

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

Submission Portal   Call for Papers - downloadable pdf


Special Sessions are limited to 75-minutes and provide opportunities to highlight topics of broad interest in consumer research. A special session should include three to four research (conceptual, review, empirical) paper presentations that represent a coherent set of papers. Consideration will be given to special sessions that explicitly address the conference theme. 

In addition to the items noted under “General Guidelines,” Special Session proposals must consist of:

1. Session title. 
2. Session Discussant, Session chair(s) and affiliation(s). The session discussant and chair(s) can be, but do not have to be, one of the authors. 
3. Titles of each session paper, author(s), and affiliation(s). 
4. Presenting author(s) identified with an asterisk. 

The proposal should include: 

1. A 500-word session overview briefly describing the session intent, why the topic is important, and how the papers fit together. 
2. A 50-word abstract that summarizes the session to be published in the program.
3. A 750 to 1000-word abstract of each included paper for evaluation by reviewers.  
4. Accepted papers will need to be uploaded as an MS Word document with all recommended changes and authors’ names and affiliations for publication in the ACR Proceedings
5. Full references for each long abstract. The references do not count toward the word limit and can be combined in a single list at the end of the document. 
6. Proposals must be single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman, with 1-inch margins. Word limits will be strictly enforced. 

Evaluation will be based on a) quality of the research and novelty of the findings; b) broad appeal of the topic; c) contribution to the field of consumer behavior; d) fit of the papers to the session theme; e) stage of completion of the research to be presented; and f) questions raised and potential for discussion. Special session chairs are responsible for quality control over the papers in their sessions and for enforcing deadlines (e.g., submitting all materials on time). Please adhere to high standards of spelling and grammar and consider having a copyeditor or a native English speaker review the abstract prior to submission.

Special Sessions will be presented live. Authors will find their Special Session date and time in the conference Program.

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