Call for Papers: SMAANZ 20th Anniversary Conference, Nov. 26–28, 2014

The deadline for abstract submissions is June 13, 2014 (11.59pm).

deakin-universitySport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand, SMAANZ, invites individuals to submit a variety of abstract types, including empirical, methodological, conceptual, and teaching related abstracts. Completed research or research in progress is acceptable. The 20th Anniversary SMAANZ conference provides the opportunity to bring 20/20 vision to our management and practice. We can reflect on the past 20 years and envision the next 20 years of development of the academic field of sport management and the professionalization of management in the sport industry.

The 20th Anniversary provides the occasion, location, and venue to review and explore the development of the academic profession and the industry.

Themes that can be central to discussion include, but are not limited to many of the themes that are typical of, and important to our conference. Using the focusing celebratory lens of 20 years will assist to tease out issues in perhaps new and exciting ways. Conference themes, for example, might include (but are not limited to):

  • Venue management
  • Facility design and development
  • Sustainability
  • Sport Development
  • Disability Sport
  • Sport finance
  • Sponsorship
  • Marketing
  • Governance
  • Sport Management education
  • Globalisation
  • Athlete management
  • Community sport
  • High performance sport

Submission guidelines

Presentations may be proposed as either:

  1. A 20 minute oral presentation (including 5 mins of question time)
  2. A 60 minute symposium, roundtable, forum, or workshop

Authors’ names may not appear on more than two abstracts/proposals of any kind. The only exception to this limit is for a supervisor to a student who is submitting an abstract, in which case, the supervisor position must be clearly indicated in the author section of the submission. In this case, the first author must be a student and registered at their institution at the time of the abstract submission deadline. Abstracts submitted to SMAANZ should not be concurrently submitted to another conference or have been previously presented at another conference. Abstracts should not be part of work already published.

Abstract format and submission

All abstracts must be submitted to

In the body of the email the following information is required:

  1. Presentation category (empirical research, conceptual, teaching, methodology)
  2. Topic Area (e.g., Facilities, Sport Development, Disability, Finance, Marketing, Legal, Governance, management/leadership, organizational theory, socio-cultural, methodology, teaching/pedagogy)
  3. The type of presentation desired (20 minute oral, 60 minute symposium, roundtable, forum, or workshop)
  4. Principal author’s primary contact information

Abstracts (word document) must include the following information and conform to the following requirements:

One A4 page maximum using 12 point Times New Roman font;

Presentation title;

  1. Author(s), institution(s), name(s), and contact information. Authors cannot be added after the abstract submission deadline.
  2. Abstract should not include figures and tables. Text only.
  3. Abstract should include in-text citations but does not require a list of references.
  4. Those abstracts selected for presentation will be reprinted and published in the Conference Abstracts as submitted. Some editorial corrections may be made by the Program Coordinator.

Review process

All abstracts will be subjected to a blind review.

Conference presentation guidelines

Standard practice is for a presentation of 15 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions for each paper.

Conference participation guidelines

All papers submitted for presentation at the Conference must contain original research that has not been previously presented or scheduled for presentation, published or accepted for publication, and if under review, must not appear in print before the Conference.

Acknowledgement of relevant prior research and sources of words, ideas and data is expected. Authorship and credit should be shared in proportion to the various parties’ contributions. Note, authorship of papers needs to be correct when the paper is submitted, as changes cannot be made once the paper is accepted for publication in the Conference program and proceedings.

The preparation and supply of any handouts or other material used in any presentation will be the responsibility of the presenter(s).

At least one author for each abstract that is accepted for presentation in the Conference Program is expected to register and pay to attend the Conference to present their research. All of the costs to attend the Conference, including the registration fee, must be paid by presenters. SMAANZ does not pay honoraria for any presentations.

During the Conference, a climate of free exchange and constructive criticism is encouraged. It is also important to demonstrate respect for colleagues/presenters with different perspectives and methodologies/methods.

Conference paper submissions

In submitting your paper for review, you are committing that at least one author will register and pay to attend the SMAANZ Conference to present your research.

Please ensure that the authorship and title of the paper is correct before submission, as these cannot be changed for the Conference program or the Conference proceedings.

Please visit the SMAANZ Conference on the Web.

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