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

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 December 3, 2015.

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


The conference will officially begin with an opening reception on Sunday, June 5. However, there will be a workshop held during the day on Sunday as well.

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.

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.

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.

Conference Registration

Registration for the 2016 Special Conference in Rome will open in late January 2016.

Yes, curren SMS membres recieve a $65 reduction on their registration fees.

Yes, SMS conference registration fees always include a special rate for students. Registration fees for the Special Conference in Rome will be published before registration opens in late January 2016.

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, the SMS cannot guarantee the issuance of a visa.