Types of Submissions Information

Please read the following carefully as information may have changed.  Abstract submissions will be made via ExOrdo. You will be asked to create an account/login.  You account/login is your e-mail address. Please remember which e-mail address you use to create your ExOrdo account because this is the e-mail address that will be used to identify you with the 2017 RSS Annual Meeting. If you need to edit or wish to make another submission, please log into the account you created and edit the information there. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact the RSS Business Office at [email protected].

All presenters (including those part of organized paper and panel sessions) are required to be registered and paid by June 1, 2017. Those not registered and paid by June 10 will be dropped from the program. If you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting after June 10th, please contact the RSS Business Office as soon as possible r[email protected].

Paper Presentations

Format: Abstract submissions are sought for individual research papers on topics related to the conference theme or other topical areas of interest. These traditional oral presentations will be for approximately 12 - 15 minutes, with flexibility depending on the number of papers presented in a session while allowing time for questions and discussion. Sessions will be moderated to enforce time restrictions. Papers should present well-developed concepts, results, and applications and implications.

To submit an individual paper

Poster Submissions

Format: A poster session will be a highlighted event at the 2017 Annual Meetings. A poster is a way for a presenter or presenters to describe a project, research results, program summaries, or lessons learned as a visual display on poster board. The poster usually includes a brief narrative paper along with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. One presenter will be expected to register for the conference and stand next to the poster during the poster session so that conference participants can view the poster and interact with the presenter.

We will be using easels, foam core and Velcro dots to display posters. The sheets of foam core are 40” by 60”. The maximum size for posters is 36” x 54”. This allows for a small foam core border around all sides of each poster. An easel, poster board, and Velcro will be provided for each poster.

Posters should include:

  • the title of the presentation, the institution, agency or community where the work was completed, and author names in large letters at the top center of the poster;
  • be easy to read at a distance of 4 feet (1.5 m). A point size of 16-18 (5-6 mm) or larger is recommended;
  • include a brief abstract;
  • have one of the presenters at the assigned space during the poster session to discuss the work presented, and they should be ready to respond to questions concerning all aspects of the presentation;
  • handouts are optional.

To submit a poster

Organized Sessions


Format: Proposals for Mini-Conferences will be considered for inclusion in the program. A mini-conference is a series of linked paper sessions, panel sessions and/or workshops within the larger meeting. Each mini-conference should be designed to address a key topical issue in rural sociology or capture the theme of the Annual Meetings. Those interested in a mini-conference need to submit a proposal to the program co-chairs that describes the purpose of the mini- conference, how it will be organized, and a budget of expenses and how they expect to cover those expenses. While the deadline for mini-conference proposals is also February 12, early email correspondence with the program co-chairs signaling the intention to submit would greatly facilitate planning. The decision to accept a mini-conference will be made by the program committee.

To submit your Mini-Conference for consideration send your proposal to Kristi Lekies, Program Committee Co-chair as soon as possible at [email protected]

Organized Paper Sessions

Format: Proposals for organized paper sessions will be considered for inclusion in the program. Proposals are encouraged that address current or emerging topical research, teaching, extension, or policy matters related to the conference theme.

Requirements: Organized paper sessions should be comprised of up to four papers/presenters and include diverse perspectives. This year we ask that paper session organizers collect and submit abstracts for each of the participants in the session you propose. This means that individual presenters DO NOT need to submit their papers through the regular paper session link. Session organizers can sign in and change this information if needed.

To submit an organized paper session 

Panel Presentations

Format: Panel Presentations will be 90 minutes in length involving three to five colleagues or peers in an open conversation or discussion on a topic, and will engage the audience in a question and answer session. An “Authors Meet Critics” session is considered a panel presentation.  Panel proposers should include the names and organizational affiliations for each of the participants on their panel in their abstract. You can sign in and change this information if needed.

To submit a panel presentation


Exhibitors are invited to set up a display for the duration of the conference, providing an opportunity for organizations, networks, projects, programs, government agencies, tribal units, and businesses to display their materials. Exhibitors will be asked to staff displays during breaks or specially designated exhibit viewing times. A fee will be charged for both non-profit and commercial/government exhibits. For additional information, please contact the RSS Business Office [email protected] or call Sandy Wittig 309.298.2637.