ask a scatterbrain: padding the vitae?

It shouldn’t be much of a mystery where this ask-a-scatterbrain question comes from:

Should I put a conference presentation on my CV if the submission was accepted and scheduled, but I had to cancel at the last minute?

6 thoughts on “ask a scatterbrain: padding the vitae?”

  1. Conference Presentations

    2009. “Not Presented but Not Forgotten: Academic Credit for Work Evaluated but not Performed.” Accepted for presentation at the Annual Meetings of the Absent Sociological Society.


  2. yy: I was going to suggest the same idea, but yours is MUCH funnier.

    I was also wondering whether there is an on-line archive where the author could put it and add to the line: (Available as working paper nn at Institution) or (Available at url). The automatic posting of all ASA papers in an on-line database went away, right?


  3. I would think it depends on the conference. If the presentation would have been at ASA, where (nearly?) everything is accepted, then there isn’t a lot of evaluation going on anyway. If it was at a conference that is more difficult to get into, it might be worth noting, as suggested above, that it was accepted but not presented.


  4. Alright, you wiseacres. Don’t make me regale you with the details of the condition that made me miss my presentation. You do not want to know, I promise.

    So, am I correct in getting that I can put it on the vitae with a note that I did not do the presentation (such as on my internal institutional CV) and I should leave it off altogether for the CV I present to the world?

    If I take OW’s suggestion and post it somewhere, that sounds like it would belong on a works in progress or a working papers section, right?


  5. John: Not everything is accepted for sessions at ASA, it depends on your subfield. The expansion of round tables has led to most papers finding some home, but there are definitely people who get rejected when they submit and being accepted for the panel you originally applied for does contain some element of evaluation.

    Abstracts of ASA papers used to go directly into Soc Abstracts – I think they still do. Papers are also distributed at the conferenece — if your paper was distributed through normal channels, it’s out there just as surely as if the person had read it.

    There are two issues: (1) Demonstrating activity and evaluation for internal merit processes, where conference papers usually matter more for more junior people and less for more senior people. For that, you check with internal advisors about how to handle it. Internally, it is usually fine to say that you — um the unnamed person who asked the question — got sick at the last minute and could not present.

    (2) Is this a paper you want “outsiders” to know about because you want them to read it and cite it? If no, then take it off your external cv and try to make copies as unattainable as possible. If yes, and it will be in Soc Abstracts, you want the line on your cv to look the same as a reference someone may have picked up from somewhere else. Apart from yy’s brilliant language there is also “prepared for the meeting . . . ” I mentioned working paper series and web sites as a way of getting work out and read by others while revising for publication. Or if you want the abstract out but not the paper itself, then that’s what you try to circulate.


  6. In all seriousness, if the paper was accepted, it was accepted – it represents a form of productivity and peer review. Presenting it is not the accomplishment you credit for promotion. If someone wants to say “ASA has low standards,” let them – that applies whether the paper was presented or not. So, for promotion/credit purposes, you have every right to include it on the CV, IMO.


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