Top 5 Reasons Your Symposium Was Not Accepted
In addition to the “Top 10 Reasons Abstracts Are Not Accepted” document, the WIN Program Committee has provided some additional guidance on why symposiums are not accepted. This symposium focus is offered to assist symposium authors in preparing a submission.
1. The Symposium Overview Abstract paper does not clearly identify the theme for the symposium.
Symposia are individual papers integrated into a whole by a common theme. The overview should clearly identify the theme (concept, method, population, etc) and briefly describe how each paper illustrates the theme without duplicating content found in individual papers.
2. Papers do not “hang together”.
Papers do not fit together as described in the overview; i.e., one or more papers is only peripherally related to the topic and neither the overview nor the paper make clear how it fits into the symposium or expands the topic. All papers must have a common thread that is tied to the theme of the symposium, further develops the theme, and represents a body of knowledge on the topic.
3. Papers are presented by too few authors.
Symposia present an exchange of ideas about a central theme by a panel of presenters. A symposium presented by only one or two presenters does not offer multiple views of the topic.
4. Too few or too many papers.
The symposium should have at least four papers (including the overview) and no more than six papers (including the overview). This ensures that the symposium will fit into the standard conference time slots.
5. One paper receives a low score.
Each paper in the symposium must be scored high enough to be accepted. Each paper is scored using criteria for individual papers. Even one low scoring paper will result in a symposium being rejected. See Top 10 Reasons Your Abstract Was Not Accepted.