John Berglund, CEO of Mira Smart Conferencing, can’t guarantee that a researcher submitting an abstract through Mira’s abstract management software will be accepted, but he does have some ideas on how to increase the odds.
“Getting an abstract accepted to a conference is like relationship or job,” John said. “You’ve got to get yourself out there, a lot, to as many potential conferences that you can.”
Too many researchers want to make their careers with one or two high-profile conferences, just like some companies only want to interview “ideal” job candidates.
Math backs up this claim. On June 30, Business Insider posted an article by Jenna Goudreau titled “This mathematical principle reveals the best way to get anything you want in life
In the article, Goudreau uses Dr. Hannah Fry’s book The Mathematic of Love as a basis to analyze many life choices.
“The gist of the article, and of the book, is that you need to be proactive in searching for what you want,” John said. “In fact, you need to be so proactive that you seem to chase after everything. Every researcher wants to be accepted to the most prestigious conferences and math suggests that applying to as many conferences as possible increases the chance of acceptance for one’s most preferred choices.”
How can that be? Assume a researcher only applies to the most sought-after conferences that happen to send out abstract requests to that researcher. This particular researcher doesn’t send abstracts to what she considers to be less-desirable conferences, and she certainly doesn’t actively seek out conferences. She only submits to a very select, and very small, list of conferences.
Now assume another researcher who applies to every conference she receives a call to papers from, and also, she actively searches for other conferences to send abstracts to. Of course, this second researcher has preferred conferences from whom she really wants acceptance, but she still applies to them all. What’s the outcome? This second researcher has the higher chance of acceptance for the highly-desired conferences.
“Submitting research is a ‘sales pitch’ and there is nothing wrong with that. We are all selling something, whether it is an idea, a product, or just ourselves’” John said. “The reality is that successful sales is a numbers game and the most successful hear ‘no’ a lot but keep on going until they are successful.
It is unfortunate that some consider ‘sales’ to be a 4-letter word, he continued, when it is in fact a necessary part of success. What some know intuitively, mathematics now proves.
The best that Mira Smart Conferencing can do is to ease the entire abstract submission and review process so that those proactive researchers can make their own luck, statistically speakin