Revised papers should be uploaded before May 15!
The 2013 European conference will be held at the IESE business school in Barcelona, Spain, as a joint effort with the Barcelona School of Management of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The theme of the 2013 conference is “Consumer Research in turbulent times-managing a balancing act”.
On different fronts, consumers are increasingly required to integrate multiple goals and roles. Four years of economic turbulence leave consumers undecided between tightening their belts and responding to calls for increased consumption for the sake of “the economy”. Information overload makes informed decision making difficult. At the same time, our cultural environment encourages us to value freedom of choice and feel responsible for our own wellbeing. Those interested in ethical consumption receive conflicting messages about just how green and socially responsible product alternatives really are. Where reference frames disappear, tradition or habit no longer offers solutions to those consumers who are torn between competing goals and between contradictory demands.
As consumer researchers we may go through a similar experience. Whose interests are we supposed to look after, the industry’s, consumers’ (as in transformative consumer research), our employer’s, our own? What are we supposed to emphasize, practical application or theoretical rigor? The debate needs to be opened as how to balance these multiple roles when negotiating the identity of our field, and as an area of consumer research.
In addition to the refereed symposia, round tables, posters, films and papers, the conference will feature keynote addresses by Sheena Iyengar (Columbia Business School), Robin Hogarth (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), and Benoît Monin (Stanford University), three eminent scholars who have significantly advanced our understanding of decision making and consumer behavior.
There will be five main forums for presenting and discussing research and scholarly thought.
• Special Sessions: provide opportunities for focused attention on cutting-edge and important topics. Successful sessions offer a coherent perspective on emerging substantive, theoretical, or methodological issues.
• Competitive Paper Sessions: include papers that represent the completed work of their authors. The EACR conference co-chairs will assign accepted papers to sessions that reflect similar scholarly interests.
• Working Paper Track: Participants typically present preliminary findings from the early stages of a research program. Authors distribute their papers and display their findings poster-style in a plenary session.
• Roundtables: Encourage intensive participant discussion of consumer research topics and issues.
• Film Festival: Enables scholars to present their videographies on consumption-related topics at the conference.
Submission and Decision Deadlines
Submissions for all of the above forums except the film festival must be received no later than Thursday January 10, 2013. Submissions for the film festival must be received no later than March 1, 2013 (please see information about the film festival at the end of the document for more information). Non-video submissions will be accepted on a website devoted to EACR from November 16, 2012 to January 10, 2013. Notification of acceptance in these five categories will be made by early March, 2013. Notification deadline for the film festival will be April 19. Early registration will be possible from 1st May – 7th June, 2013.
To allow as many people as possible the opportunity to participate in EACR 2013, please note the requirement that each EACR participant may present in Special Topic and/or Competitive Paper sessions no more than twice during the duration of the conference.
General Submission Requirements and Procedures
Submissions should not already have been published or accepted for publication in any journal. Submissions should also not include content that has been presented at earlier EACR conferences. It is mandatory that all accepted papers are presented at the conference by at least one of the authors of the submitted work.
All submissions, reviewing, and notification regarding EACR 2013 will be conducted electronically through the website. The EACR Reviewing Website (to be linked to the Conference website) will contain a link to the 2013 conference site, which will be updated to accept all the required information through an interface that eliminates the need for e-mail submissions. The 2013 EACR Reviewing Website will be available for submissions from the middle of November.
Format of Submissions
When submitting your paper, you will have to provide the following information:
• Submission type: Special Topic Session, Competitive Paper, Roundtable, or Working Paper. Once you click on the submission type, the information requested within each category varies somewhat; so make sure you make this selection correctly.
• Title of paper or session
• Primary contact person's name, affiliation, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.
• Content Area Codes and Methodological Area Codes (see list at end of the Call for papers)
• Document in Word or Rich Text Format of your paper/proposal (you will be uploading this file)
• Names of other co-authors/participants and their affiliations, and whether they are presenting author(s)
Acknowledgement of receipt. The primary contact person will automatically receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission by e-mail. If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail within a few days of submission, you should send an e-mail inquiring about the status of your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Specific Requirements and Procedures for Submission under each Category:
SPECIAL TOPIC SESSIONS
Chair: John Pracejus (email@example.com)
Special topic sessions are intended to provide opportunities for focused attention to topics of special importance and interest to consumer researchers. They are viewed as appropriate when competitive paper submissions would be unlikely to generate a cohesive session on the topic. It is expected that mainstream topics in consumer research will be well represented in competitive paper submissions. Special topic sessions provide an opportunity to address emerging topics, a special interest topic, or a mainstream topic in a special manner. Sessions are 90 minutes long. Proposals should typically be limited to three papers and a discussion leader or four papers with no discussion leader. In order to promote discussion between the participants and the audience from which a larger understanding of the topic can emerge, special session organizers may select from one of two options as a discussion mechanism.
a) They may include a discussion leader who is considered to be an expert in the area. If this format is chosen, please make sure that you plan the session so as to leave enough time for the discussion leader to make comments and enhance the quality of the session. Of course, you also want to make sure to leave some time for questions and comments from the audience.
b) A second option is for the chair of the session to play the role of discussion leader. Please leave adequate time for questions and comments from the audience; the discussion will be energized by the audience and synthesized by the chair of the session. Other creative mechanisms for encouraging and managing discussion besides the traditional discussion leader method are also welcome but must be described in the session proposal. Note that we are not allowing "double" (3-hour) sessions at this conference.
Besides the "cover page" information that the organizers of special sessions need to provide on the website, special topic session proposals should include:
a) The titles of the presentations within the session, each with a listing of the authors and their affiliations;
b) The name of the discussion leader (if any) and his/her affiliation;
c) A statement that each speaker has agreed to serve if the proposal is accepted, together with his/her name(s);
d) The session proposal;
e) A short (40-50 words) abstract of each presentation for publication in the conference program; and
f) A longer 750-1,000 word (single-spaced) abstract of each presentation for evaluation by the Program Committee.
The session proposal should describe the objective of the session, its general orientation, the likely audience, the issues and topics to be covered, and why the session is likely to make an important contribution to consumer research. In addition, it should identify an important substantive, theoretical, or methodological issue in consumer research and then discuss how the session would be structured to move toward a resolution of the issue. The stage of completion of each paper in a special session also must be clarified. Proposals should be as complete as possible so that the Program Committee can fully evaluate them and make suggestions.
Format and Style
The entire proposal, including abstracts, must not exceed seven single-spaced pages in length. This length restriction assumes the use of a font no smaller than 12 points, and no more than 52 lines per page including headers and footnotes.
Judging/Notification/Acceptance. The Program Committee will evaluate special topic session proposals based on:
a) Importance of the topic to consumer research.
b) Appeal of the session to a broad EACR segment or its intensive appeal to a specific segment, or the ability to expand the field of consumer behavior to include heretofore-unrepresented perspectives and publics,
c) Likelihood that the session will make an important contribution to consumer research,
d) Completeness of the proposal and presentation descriptions,
e) Stage of completion of the research to be presented, and
f) Opportunity afforded for a discussion of the ideas embodied in the papers.
Presenters in accepted sessions may, if they wish, submit a paper for inclusion in the Proceedings instead of the extended abstract. Content, format, and punctuality standards for these papers are the same as those for competitive papers (described below).
There will no longer be an opportunity to edit these documents post-conference. We are making this change in an effort to cut the time between the conference and the receipt of the conference proceedings, which has in the past been approximately one year. Session chairs are responsible for quality control over the papers in their sessions, for enforcing deadlines, and for submitting all materials by the deadlines. It is also the chair's responsibility to make sure that the discussant and all other session participants receive copies of each paper or presentation by 15th June, 2013.
Co-chairs: Caroline Goukens (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Anne Klesse (A.K.Klesse@uvt.nl)
Papers dealing with substantive, methodological, or theoretical topics in consumer research are sought for competitive paper sessions. It is mandatory that all accepted papers be presented by an author at the conference.
Authors still have two publishing options for a competitive paper. Under Option 1, authors of competitive papers choose to publish only the 1000 word abstract, tables and full references in the conference Proceedings. Under Option 2, authors can opt to have a full paper based on their abstract (20 pages, excluding tables and references) published in the ACR Proceedings. Choosing this option implies that if accepted, the paper will not be submitted for publication elsewhere, but will be published in its entirety in the Proceedings.
Option 1: Publication of an extended abstract accompanied by full citations.
Option 2: Full paper publication in the EACR Proceedings. Submit the 1000 word abstract, tables and references by the initial submission deadline, but at the time of submission, select the option to publish the full (20 page limit, excluding references) paper in the proceedings.
The deadline for submitting revised entries for publication in the Proceedings is May 15.
Format and Style for Competitive Papers
The primary authors will provide the "cover page" information on the web site. Your competitive paper submission should consist of the following:
a) The first page should state the title of the paper only (not the authors)
b) This should be followed by a 40-50 word abstract.
c) This should then be followed on the next pages by a 750-1,000 word, single-spaced, extended abstract which should provide a summary of the paper, including conceptualization, method, and major findings. In order to ease the publication task, no tables or figures should be included in the extended abstract.
Because reviewing will be blind, authors should refrain from identifying themselves or their affiliations in the body of the paper and in footnotes. Please note that it is the submitting author's responsibility to make sure that the document does not contain any identifying information when saved as a Word or a Rich Text Format file. (For example, right click on the file in Windows Explorer, go to "Properties," and then "Summary," to ensure that all identifying information is removed.)
Judging/Notification/Publication. Judging of papers will be blind. Reviewers will evaluate each paper on the basis of:
a) Quality of the research;
b) Contribution to the field of consumer behavior; and
c) Interest of the topic to current and potential EACR members.
Competitive papers accepted under Option 2 (publication of the full paper) will be published in the copyrighted proceedings, European Advances in Consumer Research. Note that this is conditional on the paper being presented at the conference. Each author of an accepted paper will be required to sign a form releasing the copyright of the paper to the Association for Consumer Research. If you have questions regarding Competitive Paper submissions, please contact the co-chairs.
Authors of accepted papers who select Option 2 (publish complete paper) are required to revise their paper based on reviewers’ comments by Wednesday, May 15, 2013, before midnight Central Standard Time. Authors choosing Option 1 (publish abstract only) are required to revise their abstract based on reviewers’ comments and edit their references to reflect citations in the 750-1000 word summary by Wednesday, May 15, 2013, before midnight Central Standard Time. Materials submitted by this date will constitute the documents that appear ultimately in the EACR Proceedings. There will not be an opportunity to edit these documents post-conference. It is the author’s responsibility to make sure that the submission is completed on time.