Do I need to be a NEERO Member to submit a proposal? 

No, you do not need to be a NEERO member to submit a proposal. If your proposal is accepted, membership will be included in the cost of conference registration. 


What is the deadline for the 2021 Annual Meeting Submissions? 

November 2, 2020, at 11:59 PM ET.

Does my submission have to be related to the conference theme?

No, NEERO encourages submissions related to the theme, but as always, accepts proposals for all areas of educational research.

What is the difference between an individual session format and a symposium? 

For the INDIVIDUAL SESSION FORMAT, you can submit to present in one of three different formats: PAPER, RESEARCH IN PROGRESS ROUNDTABLE, or POSTER. 

A SYMPOSIUM consists of an integrated set of presentations related to the same topic. This format is especially well suited to partnerships among K-12 schools, universities, and/or private institutions. A symposium should include at least three, but no more than five presentations. Symposium organizers are responsible for naming their own chair and discussant, if that is the format their symposium will take.

What is the word count for a paper proposal or symposium?

15 words or fewer per title.

200 words or fewer per abstract.

1,500 words or fewer per INDIVIDUAL uploaded proposal (with no author identification), not including references.

2.000 words of fewer per SYMPOSIUM uploaded proposal (with no author identification), not including references. 

References, tables, charts, graphs, images, and figures should be added to the end of the paper and do not count towards the word count.

How do I submit for a poster or roundtable? 

Select paper, poster, or roundtable under “submission format”.

Should I include author identification in my uploaded files? 

No. Author identification should not be included for any abstract, paper, or session submissions.

How many times can I be listed as a participant in the program? 

Each individual can be listed as a presenter a total of three times in the program.

Is there a limit on the number of co-authors on my paper? 

No. There is no limit for co-authors listed as long as they all contributed to the research. All authors are not required to present at the conference if the proposal is accepted.

What do I do if I forgot to add my co-author? 

Prior to the submission deadline you can log in and edit your submission, including adding co-authors. 


Do I need to use a specific format or style, such as APA? 

NEERO recommends, but does not require, use of APA formatting for headings and references.

My presentation was accepted for the NEERO 2020 conference. Is there anything that I need to do for the NEERO 2021 submission?

If you would like to present your research in the same format and do not wish to make any changes to your submission, please leave your submission as is in the OpenConf system.

If you would like to update or make changes to your presentation based on new research, please withdraw your NEERO 2020 presentation and submit a new proposal. The new proposal will be formally reviewed as part of the NEERO 2021 submission cycle.

If you would like to present your research in a different format (e.g., from a roundtable to a paper session), please submit a new proposal., and withdraw your NEERO 2020 presentation. The new proposal will be formally reviewed as part of the NEERO 2021 submission cycle.


Why was my submission removed (denied) from consideration? 

Submissions are removed from consideration if you submit a full paper as a proposal (e.g., submitting any proposal beyond the word limit including complete dissertations and full papers that exceed the proposal word limit). 

Submissions are removed from consideration if the uploaded files include author identifying information. 

Submissions are removed from consideration if you submit an image of your poster without the required written summary.

When should I expect a decision about my proposal? 

You will be notified of a decision on your proposal no later than January 1, 2021.

If my proposal is accepted, what do I need to do next?

Confirm that you plan to present your paper at the NEERO 2021 conference by RSVPing via OpenConf ( Friday, January 18, 2021

Submit your full paper via OpenConf  ( Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Prepare your presentation according to the specified format


If my proposal is accepted, why was my proposal moved to a different presentation format? 

Proposals are often moved from a paper presentation to a roundtable if the research presented is a work in progress, rather than research with substantiated findings (even preliminary) at the time the proposal is submitted.


If my proposal is accepted, will it appear in the NEERO program? 

Only proposals that were accepted and whose authors RSVP indicating that they plan to present at the NEERO 2021 conference  will appear in the program.

If my proposal is accepted for a paper session, when is the full paper due?

If your proposal is accepted, full papers must be uploaded in OpenConf by Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

If I encounter difficulty with OpenConf, who should I contact?

For general questions regarding the NEERO 2021 conference, please contact Vice President & Conference Chair, Dr. Sarah Enterline at or through the OpenConf website by clicking, Email Chair.