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2019 Juried Talks

Prior to the 2017 PERC, there was no way for someone to present a talk on their work without coordinating an entire organized session. Since 2017, juried talks have been offered to address this. Selected presenters will have a longer (22-minute) time frame to present their work and answer questions during a “juried talk” parallel session.

Format and submission process for a 2019 PERC Juried Talk

Please note, submitting a juried talk requires only an anonymized abstract, not a full paper. You may choose to submit a full paper for review to the PERC proceedings (deadline in early July), but it is not a requirement and not part of the selection process for the juried talks.

The juried talk is simply one form of parallel session to which you may submit your work. You will be asked, as you would be for other parallel sessions, to describe your proposed presentation by entering your information on a Google Form, including a title, a 250 - 500 word summary, connections to themes, a description of the maturity of your research, and any A/V or other needs. Unlike other parallel sessions, however, the review is an anonymized process; presenter name(s) will be removed prior to review. Please do not include identifying information in your summary or description.

The intent is that juried talks will largely represent mature research projects that are ready for publication; it is likely that many of the submissions will describe research that is in the publication pipeline. Empirical research should be well beyond the data-collection phase; theoretical work should represent strong theoretical progress.

Timeline: Submissions are due on February 22.   We will notify submitters by April 5.


Answers to anticipated questions:

In 2017, you required a full paper and anonymized review for juried talks. Why the change?

 This added a significant layer of oversight to the PERC organizers. Since the juried talks are part of the parallel sessions, we decided to have a similar process for submission -- with a brief description. This worked well in 2018 and will continue for 2019. Unlike other sessions, the abstracts will be anonymized. You may still submit a full paper to the PERC, which is due at the same time as all other proceedings papers.

Does my talk have to be on the conference theme?

 No. We encourage submissions on the conference theme but any research in physics education is appropriate for the conference. In the event that there are many more submissions than slots, connection to the conference theme may be a secondary selection criterion.


 How are the juried talks selected?

 Submissions are rated by an ad-hoc review team made up of members of the community selected by PERLOC, RiPE and PERCoGs. The review team’s ratings are discussed by the organizing committee, who make the final selections and place the selected talks into sessions. The ad-hoc reviewers will rate the submissions based on: 1) interest/value to the PER community; 2) strength of research; 3) potential for a coherent/followable talk; and 4) overall competitiveness in relation to the submission pool. Feedback from the 2018 reviewers indicated submissions should more explicitly highlight the research methods and theories used.


 How many proposals can I submit?

 You may submit only one juried talk proposal as a primary author; there is no limit to the number you may participate in as co-author. Each proposal should be associated with (and submitted by) a primary author who would deliver the talk; multiple co-authors are appropriate. Submitting a juried talk proposal as primary author does not prevent you, however, from submitting a parallel session or contributed poster as a primary author. Please note that the PERC proceedings have a limit of one paper per primary author in total.


 Does this take the place of parallel sessions at PERC?  Will it prevent me from assembling the targeted poster session I’ve been planning?

 Some of the parallel sessions will be devoted to juried talks, but not all. In keeping with PERC tradition, there will be slots for community-generated, custom parallel sessions (targeted poster sessions, data workshops, etc.). An author can submit a juried proposal as well as another parallel session proposal, but please keep in mind the PERC Proceedings limit of one paper per primary author.


 What about the ongoing discussions about the “recurring themes” in PERC?

 Another new feature of PERC is that time is allocated for sessions on the three PERLOC-identified recurring themes: Theory and Methods, Diversity and Inclusion, and Concept Development. There will be at least one session on each theme at the 2019 PERC.


 What if my proposed juried talk fits in one of the three recurring themes?

Please submit! We anticipate that once talks have been accepted, the actual juried sessions will be organized thematically to the extent possible. We would be pleased to have juried talks that focus on the recurring themes.


How difficult will it be to be selected for a juried talk?

We anticipate that the selection process will result in quality talks as well as provide opportunities for the PER community to hear a variety of voices. The tentative plan is for approximately 12 juried talks, divided into three sessions. Each juried session will last 90 minutes and will have 4 juried talks, each with 18 minutes of presentation and 4 minutes for questions. If there is sufficient demand, additional juried talk sessions may be added.


Wait, 4 x 22 is 88 minutes, not 90.

Those two minutes are a gift to the community.  Please use them wisely.


How does this affect the process for poster submission?

The poster submission process is the same as before, with the deadlines for abstracts and PERC Proceedings submissions published on the PERC webpage. There are no juried posters.