OCP23 + Lyon23 = IAMCR2023
For the past three years IAMCR conferences have been held online. They included plenary sessions, and both live and pre-recorded video sessions but at their core was the Online Conference Papers (OCP) method. OCP prioritised short papers and asynchronously written comments and was well-suited to IAMCR as a global organisation with membership spread across the world’s continents and time zones. Among the advantages of OCP were the low-cost of participation that facilitated diverse participation, the luxury of actually being able to read the papers, participants could read and comment on papers at times that were convenient for them rather than coordinate across dozens of time zones, and, according to many authors, both the quantity and the quality of the feedback offered was better than they would usually expect following a live presentation at a traditional conference.
In Lyon and wherever you are
In 2023 IAMCR will hold a face-to-face conference in Lyon from 9 to 13 July, with plenary sessions, hundreds of paper sessions organised by our sections and working groups, discussions in the hallways and over lunch, and plenty of opportunities (including at a special conference dinner) to discover why Lyon is known as the “gastronomic capital of the world”. However, we are not going to give up the advantages of OCP so in addition to Lyon23, this year’s conference will also include OCP23 that you’ll be able to access online from wherever you are. Lyon23 will take place from 9-13 July while OCP23 will start 26 June.
What does this mean for you?
What it means for you depends on whether your paper was accepted for Lyon23 and OCP23 or for OCP23 only. If it was accepted for Lyon and OCP then you will first submit it to the online platform by 5 June, where it will be accessible to other conference participants during the online discussion phase, 26 June to 5 July. You will then be able to present it during a live session in Lyon, scheduled sometime between 10 and 13 July.
If your paper was accepted for OCP23 only then you will only participate in the online component of the conference.
What is OCP23?
OCP (Online Conference Papers) is a space for IAMCR members to submit and get online feedback on their research and to get certification for inclusion in the IAMCR 2023 programme without travelling to the conference site.
All abstracts submitted to IAMCR 2023, whether for OCP23 only or for Lyon23 and OCP23, have been reviewed and authors of those that were accepted have until 5 June 2023 to submit their conference papers. The online papers will be arranged thematically, in “panels” of several papers by the sections and working groups who will also allocate chairs and respondents to each “panel”. From 26 June they will be published on the conference website, with all IAMCR members able to contribute their comments and questions and join the discussions. Initial discussion will take place from 26 June to 5 July.
OCP interaction is primarily asynchronous and text-based. Authors of OCP papers may optionally submit slides or video presentations of their work in addition to their papers. Several sections and working groups will host live online sessions. More information and a schedule of these sessions will be made available later.
The papers, presentations, and discussion platform will remain online for 2 months after the conference, until 12 September 2023.
What about Lyon23?
Authors who attend Lyon23 from 9-13 July will also present their work during the conference’s live paper sessions. The OCP platform will be open during that period and participants at the face-to-face presentations will be encouraged to post comments, questions and reports to the online platform to be seen by everyone, whether in Lyon or at home.
In addition to the paper sessions, Lyon23 will have all the usual trimmings of a face-to-face IAMCR conference – plenary and special sessions, plenty of opportunities for informal networking and catching up with colleagues in the hallways, over lunch, or at social gatherings, a chance to meet publishers and others at the exhibition centre, a gala dinner, and more.