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2009 SIOP Program Acceptance Statistics

John C. Scott
SIOP Conference Program Chair

This year the SIOP Program Committee received well over 1,200 submissions that spanned a variety of formats and topic areas.  Each submission was evaluated by at least three reviewers who were assigned by matching their area(s) of expertise with the submission’s content (and taking into account an appropriate academic/practitioner balance). Drawing upon a pool of 1,171 reviewers, the review process resulted in an overall acceptance rate of 72.1%.  When posters are removed from the equation, the overall acceptance rate was 65.2%. Table 1 presents the acceptance rates by format and overall.

Table 1
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Format                           Total submissions            Accepted           Percent accepted
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Poster
 
879
 
659
 
74.9
 
Symposium
 
245
 
150
 
61.2
 
Panel
 
86
 
66
 
76.7
 
Roundtable/ Conversation Hour
 
 
27
 
 
17
 
 
62.9
 
Master Tutorial
 
6
 
4
 
66.7
 
Debate
 
1
 
1
 
100
 
Total
 
1244
 
897
 
72.1
 
Total without Poster
 
365
 
238
 
65.2

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Another interesting statistic was the relative mix of sessions in terms of their relevance for practitioners, academics, or both.  During the submission process, each submitter was asked to identify who they thought was the most likely audience for their proposed session.  Table 2 shows this breakdown for accepted submissions. 

Table 2
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                                                        % Relevance -                % Relevance -
Intended audience                         excluding posters          including posters
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Mixed (Academics and Practitioners)
55
52
Practitioners
28
13
Academics
17
35
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The majority of accepted sessions are intended for a mixed audience regardless of whether posters are considered in the equation or not.  When posters are excluded, 83% of the sessions are relevant for practitioners (55% mixed + 28% practitioners) vesus 72% of the sessions that are relevant for academics.  When posters are included in the mix, 67% of the sessions are considered relevant for practitioners versus 87% for academics. 

These numbers do not include the special events, theme tracks, invited speakers, communities of interest, or interactive posters.  These results show that the 2009 conference offered something for everyone regardless of affiliation or interest!