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Saturday, December 31, 2011

SABR42: Call For Presentations

Posted on behalf of Scott Fischthal and Neal Traven.

SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR42 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Oral presentations are expected to last 20 minutes, followed by a five minute question-and-answer period.  Posters will be presented, with the author on-hand to discuss the work, during a poster session of 90 or so minutes, and will probably remain on display throughout the convention. Abstracts covering all aspects of baseball research are welcomed.

Through on-site judging, the most highly-regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the /USA Today Sports Weekly/ Award for best poster presentation.

In general, we will follow the procedures used in recent years for reviewing and selecting research abstracts.

  * Oral presentations will be limited to *one presentation slot* (20 minutes, plus five minutes for Q&A) in length.
  * While submitters may express preference for one format or the other, *all* abstracts will be evaluated as *both* oral and poster presentations.  Reviewers will not be informed of the submitter’s preference if one is expressed.
  * At most *two* abstracts—one oral and one poster—will be accepted from each submitter.  Researchers are encouraged to submit multiple abstracts, but no more than two of them will be accepted for presentation.  In addition to the reviewers’ scores, the submitter’s preferred medium will be taken into consideration in the selection process.  If more than one of a submitter’s abstracts scores well enough to be accepted in one medium (but neither scores well enough in the other medium for acceptance), the researcher will choose which one to present in its medium at SABR42.
  * Abstracts of proposed research presentations should be no more than *500 words* in length, and must include the abstract’s *title*, *review of previous work* on the subject, a summary of the research *methodology *and anticipated *results*, and the expected *contribution* to the field of baseball research offered by this work.
  * When submitting an abstract, the author should describe anticipated audio-visual needs if the abstract is accepted as an oral presentation.  For oral presentations at the convention site, SABR will provide laptops and computer-connected projection systems.  If your work will need another type of AV equipment, please let us know.
  * As noted above, authors may submit multiple abstracts.  SABR membership is not required in order to submit an abstract.
  * All research submissions will be evaluated by blind review.  While it is not absolutely mandatory, we very strongly encourage researchers to submit their abstracts electronically, either in a standard word processor format (Microsoft Word preferred) or as plain-text email.

The submission deadline for SABR41 abstracts is *midnight PST, Sunday, FEBRUARY 19, 2012*.

Submit abstracts to */*, the research presentations address for SABR42.  You may also use the alternate address */*.

Questions regarding the submission, review, and evaluation procedures should also be sent to the */* address. 


In addition, we seek volunteers who wish to participate in the blind review process (in early March) and/or on-site judging (at the convention in Minneapolis).  Those volunteers are also requested to apply by sending email to the above email address (*/*).

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 31, 2011 at 07:16 PM | 7 comment(s)
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   1. Scott Fischthal Posted: December 31, 2011 at 09:55 PM (#4026397)
Thanks to Mike Emeigh for posting this.

Just wanted to underscore -- we're just looking for abstracts right now; you don't need to complete the presentations (or even the research!) until the convention.
   2. Anthony Giacalone Posted: January 10, 2012 at 05:17 PM (#4033584)
Hell, some presenters are still putting their presentations together during the convention . . . or so I've heard.
   3. Lassus Posted: January 16, 2012 at 06:14 AM (#4037783)
I am looking forward to ningxiaoyan's presentation.
   4. TomH Posted: January 16, 2012 at 09:29 AM (#4037823)
some presenters are still putting their presentations together during the convention

I had not heard this, and am disturbed by it. Considering the review process, that is a surprising claim.
   5. Mike Emeigh Posted: January 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM (#4037885)
some presenters are still putting their presentations together during the convention

I had not heard this, and am disturbed by it. Considering the review process, that is a surprising claim.

I may be missing sarcasm here, but I don't know why this should be disturbing.

If you've done a presentation, you know the biggest problem is figuring out how to pack everything that you want to say into 20 minutes. It is not easy for anyone who's spent weeks or months on a project to condense it to 20 minutes, and sometimes the convention is the best place to do that, believe it or not - life tends not to get in the way as much.

-- MWE
   6. Neal Traven Posted: February 03, 2012 at 12:28 PM (#4052893)
Knowing the way Giacalone constructs his presentations, I'd suggest that he and TomH are talking past each other. As a frequent collector of PowerPoints to be placed on SABR's laptops prior to a presenter's talk, I can attest to Anthony's perpetual last-minute "improvements". It's not that he's still getting his ideas and images together. On the contrary, his problem is deciding which 75% of his materials needs to be removed in order to keep the talk under 25 minutes. :-)

If he ever had his file ready for us to load more than, say, two hours before his scheduled slot, I'd suffer palpitations.

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