Submit a Panel

The deadline to submit panel proposals has passed.

Panel submissions can still be edited (title, description, add chair/co-chair, discussant, etc.) by the panel convenor.

Panel convenors will receive an email to inform them of the review status of their panel submission by January 18, 2016.

Panel Proposal Key Dates

03 NOV 2015Deadline to complete closed panels
(Panels must include a chair, discussant and 4-6 submitted abstracts by this date)

05 NOV 2015

Review of Paper and Panel proposals begins

18 JAN 2015Panel proposers are notified of final review results


Rules for Participation

  1. Panel proposals can be submitted to the following sessions:
  2. Anyone can submit a panel proposal. However, you must be signed up for a free IPSA website account to be able to submit a panel. You do not need to be a member of IPSA to submit a proposal, however in order to participate and register for the World Congress you must become an IPSA member.
  3. There are two (2) options to submit a panel:
    • Open panel = Submitted without papers and open to paper abstract submissions.
      A panel that is submitted by the convenor without papers, with an appointed chair, co-chair and discussant(s). Once the panel is accepted, it will be open to all authors (presenters) for paper submissions. The convenor (proposer) will be responsible for reviewing all submitted abstracts in order to complete the panel.
    • Closed panel = Closed for paper submissions to the general public (submissions by invitation only).
      Pre-organized and complete panel that already has an appointed chair, co-chair, discussant(s) and 4-6 papers. The panel convenor (proposer) will be responsible for sending invitations to the authors (presenters) and accepting all paper abstracts submitted to the panel.

      Each panel lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  4. Panel proposals should strive to ensure a balanced representation of panelists in terms of region, gender and stage of career, in accordance with IPSA's Mission Statement.
  5. Only one convenor should submit the panel proposal. This person will be the Panel Reviewer and is responsible for accepting any paper abstracts submitted to the panel. Panels require a minimum of four (4) accepted papers to be accepted in the Program.  Panels cannot exceed six (6) accepted papers.
  6. All panel submissions must include a chair, co-chair (optional) and a discussant (1 or 2).
  7. The convenor is responsible for appointing a Chair and a Discussant, to add them to the online submission and for replacing these if they cancel their participation.  The convenor may act as a chair, co-chair or discussant in the panel.  The convenor may also present a paper in the panel.
  8. All papers for the panel must be submitted separately by their authors by signing in their individual IPSA account. The panel convenor (proposer) cannot submit or upload papers on the author’s behalf.
  9. To maximize participation in the world congress, it is necessary to limit the number of appearances of any single individual as follows:

    No individual may make more than one appearance in the programme in each of the following categories:

  • Chair or co-chair of a panel
  • Papergiver
  • Discussant

Guidelines for Panel Submission

All panel submissions must include a chair, co-chair (optional), discussant (1 or 2) and 4-6 papers. The chair, co-chair and discussant cannot be the same person. More than one discussant may be added, but please keep in mind that there must be enough time during the panel for questions.

ALL panel members must be signed up for a free IPSA website account in order to have their names included as a chair, co-chair or discussant in the panel proposal. Panels submitted with a description only will be viewed as incomplete.


Panel proposals for any session must be submitted in English or French. 
Panel proposals in Turkish may be submitted in the LOC sessions and must include only papers in Turkish.

Panel Title

  • The title cannot exceed 25 words.
  • Do not use ALL CAPS and Capitalize titles in English as per the example below:

Politics in a World of Inequality
Politics in a world of inequality

Panel Description

  • Where relevant, include in the description how the panel relates to the Congress Main Theme.
  • The description must not exceed 1500 characters (approximately 250 words).
  • Do not include references, bibliographical notes, or your contact information in the abstract text.
  • Review your use of language.  Use a spell-checker to make sure you have not made any mistakes.

Balanced Representation of Panelists

Panel proposals should strive for regional and gender balance and​ include younger scholars, in accordance with the diversity policy in IPSA's Mission Statement.

Instructions to Submit a Panel