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Selected Paper Presenter Requirements

By May 23, 2018

Please prepare a Cover Page using this template and append it to your pdf file before uploading.

As author of the paper, you retain all copyrights.  It is recommended that you include a copyright statement at the bottom of the cover page, e.g.

Copyright 2018 by [author(s)]. All rights reserved. Readers may make verbatim copies of this document for non-commercial purposes by any means, provided this copyright notice appears on all such copies.

Instructions to upload your paper:

  1. Visit and click on “My Account” in the upper right corner to log in to your account. If you don’t remember your credentials, click on “Need Help Logging In” and enter the email connected to your AAEA account.
  2. Once you are logged in, scroll down and click on the “Abstract Management System” button.
  3. This will take you to a list of your presentations.
  4. Click on the title of your accepted abstract.
  5. Scroll down past Reviews and Subject Codes, and you will see a header titled “Upload full paper”. Browse for and select your PDF document to upload.
  6. Once your full paper is uploaded, click “Continue” until you are back to your presentation home screen.

Papers must be uploaded by Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm CST. AAEA will upload your paper to AgEcon Search after this deadline. For any questions regarding this process, please contact us at

Tips for Selected Paper Presenters

With just 15 minutes to present, the key to success is to identify a clear message—the essence of your work. You will have time to sketch out the full paper. But remember that audience members will retain just 1-2 points, so design the talk around supporting and delivering a clear message. Your goal should be to tell the audience just enough to pique their interest and follow up with you or read your paper. Aim for no more than 15 slides (one per minute), so design carefully to make the most of this time budget. There will be 5 minutes of discussion, so you can address specific details at that time.

Part of your job in your session is to provide active feedback to your co-presenters. Be sure to read their papers before the session and be ready to ask them questions. Session moderators will coordinate with presenters to ensure a computer is available for the session. Plan to send your slides to the moderator in advance of the meeting or be sure to arrive at your session room 20 minutes ahead of the start time to ensure that your presentation is loaded onto the computer before the session begins.

Tips from Professor Marc Bellemare, AAEA member.

Tips for Presenters in a Lightning Session

If you are participating in a Lightning Session, you will have 9 minutes to present. The key to success in this format is to identify a clear message—the essence of your work. Design the talk around supporting and delivering the message. Your goal should be to tell people just enough to entice them to follow up with you afterward to learn more. We recommend having only 8 slides total, so design them with care to convey your message creatively and effectively.

Tips from Professor Marc Bellemare, AAEA member.

Tips for Selected Paper and Lightning Session Moderators

The goal of moderating these sessions is to foster interesting discussion and helpful feedback on presentations. Plan to moderate actively. Discussion time is valuable for both attendees and presenters. Read all the papers in advance (Selected Papers are available on AgEcon Search). Prepare 1-2 questions on each paper, to be ready to start discussion. Two weeks before the conference, circulate papers among all presenters in the session, asking them to read their colleagues’ papers. Let presenters know that a 15 minute (Selected Paper Sessions)(7 minutes for Lighting Sessions) time allotment will be rigidly enforced. At the session, manage presentation time to allow at least 5 minutes (Selected Paper Session)(2 minutes for Lightning Sessions) of discussion time per presentation. Invite questions after each presentation (rather than collective discussion at end of period). Allow time for audience members to initiate questions, but be ready to ask the first one.

As moderator, you should arrange for a presentation computer, which can be your computer or that of one of the presenters. Plan to arrive at your session room 20 minutes ahead of the start time to ensure that all presentations are loaded onto the computer before the session begins.

Audio/Visual Equipment

NOTE: Laptop computers are not provided. Please plan accordingly.

Please note that each presentation room will be equipped with an LCD projector, screen, and microphone. Presenters will be responsible for bringing their own laptop and VGA adaptors, if needed.

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