Call for Papers is Closing? Where did the Time go?
Do any of these sound familiar?
“I had a great idea for a paper a while back, but when Call for Papers opened things at work got busy and the time just slipped by.”
“I found a unique solution to a work problem, but I’m sure somebody outside of my workplace has already discovered the same solution.”
“I think I’ve got material to present but I’m not much of a writer”
Call for Papers comes to an end this Friday. It seems like it was just yesterday when NESUG first started asking for abstracts and when we first started blogging about our experiences and anecdotes related to SAS papers and presentations. Whether an experienced or a new presenter, I hope that these stories, our Facebook posts, email correspondances from NESUG or SAS-L, and other testimonies you might have heard about the rewards of presenting at a SAS conference have at least inspired you to consider putting your ideas into words.
NESUG isn’t looking for the next Pulitzer or Nobel Prize winner. There’s no need to set aside a half of a day to write an abstract. Just take 15-30 minutes to write a short paragraph about the problem you’re addressing and a couple of quick sentences about the resolution your paper will propose. If accepted, your section chair(s) will be there for you throughout the whole process. Nothin’ to it. Honestly!
And believe me when I tell you – you’ll be glad you did it.