We ask that authors submit their proposal using our online submission system

Access the Submissions Guidelines here. We ask that all authors follow the submission guidelines for their proposal. If these guidelines are not followed, the submission runs the risk of being desk-rejected.

The deadline to submit a proposal is for the first round of review is January  21, 2020.

The deadline to submit a proposal for the second round of review if June 15, 2020.

Yes; you can be named as an author or co-author on no more than 2 proposals.


A Common Ground Session is an interactive discussion between the author(s), audience members, and a facilitator, centered around one common theme. Please click here for more information regarding a Common Ground Session.

A Paper Session is composed of 3 - 4 proposals that are presented sequentially by their author(s), with a short amount of time allotted for audience members to ask questions. Please click here for more information regarding a paper session, and click here for suggestions to improve your Paper Session presentations. 

A Developmental Session consists of 4-5 proposals that are in early stages and have a common theme. They are led by a Session Mentor who is to provide guidance on how authors can further develop their research. Please click here for more information regarding a Developmental Session.

Due to the size of the conference and the complexity of constructing the conference schedule, it is very difficult for us to accommodate special requests. We do recognize that once in a while there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a presenter from being available on a specific day.  In cases like these, please email the SMS Executive Office and let us know of your constraints, and we will make an effort to take them into consideration when building the schedule.

The conference will begin on Thursday, December 10.


Registration for the 2020 Special Conference in Hangzhou will open in late July 2020.

Yes, current SMS members recieve a reduced registration fee.

Yes, SMS conference registration fees include a special rate for student members. Registration fees for the Special Conference in Hangzhou will be published before registration opens in late July 2020.

You can request an invitation letter by contacting the SMS Executive Office at Please be aware that visa issuance is outside of our control and often requires considerable time and effort from you.

Visa requirements are set by the country you plan to visit. It is your responsibility to check entry requirements with the consular officials of the countries to be visited well in advance of your trip. Please note, SMS cannot guarantee the issuance of a visa.