one last asa gripe

I’ve just learned that I messed up.  I was supposed to choose WHICH roundtable session to forward those incoming papers to .  According to Kendra at ASA, I should have known this because last October I received an email that says “second priority organizers are responsible for forwarding unused acceptable papers to the appropriate roundtable organizer.”  Apparently just clicking reject did not automatically forward the paper (unlike the first round process), and apparently submitters don’t get to choose their roundtable back up, their second choice session organizer is supposed to make this choice for them.  Bad word bad word bad word.  I sent a complaint pointing out that this system makes no sense, as it is the paper submitter who ought to choose which roundtable session to go to, and that important instructions should be posted on the organizer web site, not hidden in old email messages four months removed from when and where they would be needed.  I also alerted Kendra at ASA to this problem so she can hopefully find the lost papers and put them in the right place.  Warning to everyone whose paper got “rejected” rather than forwarded to a roundtable: this is probably what happened.   It appears that Kendra at ASA is watching for orphan papers that need to be forwarded to roundtables, so I think she is the person to talk to if you got messed with in this way.  If you are mad, please curse your session organizer for inability to decipher a cryptic and counter-intuitive system, not an indifference to your career.

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6 thoughts on “one last asa gripe”

  1. The last two times I’ve tried to access the organizer’s module I’ve received an elaborate message detailing a runtime error on the ASA website. I think I’ve forwarded all of the lingering papers to roundtables but I can’t be sure because I can’t check the paper queue anymore. What a bother!

  2. I’ll use this opportunity to complain about ASA’s user interface. I mean, I couldn’t figure out how to check if my paper was accepted through the annual meeting site, I had to go to the “users only” page from the main site, than click on “log in to e-noah”, then login again, then click on “track your submission”. How user-friendly is that!

  3. i just want to speak up on behalf of kendra … she’s been incredibly helpful to me with all of this mess, and i can only imagine the administrative mess (not to mention flaky academics) she has to deal with. the system pretty unilaterally sucks, though.

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