Useful Queries / FAQs

General Submission

Must I be a member of AMA to submit a paper or extended abstracts?


No. AMA membership is not required for submissions. Any member of the research community can submit a manuscript or extended abstracts to the AMA Global Marketing SIG conference. However, please note that if your manuscript/extended abstracts is accepted, the presenter(s) will be required to become AMA members to be able to register for the conference.




Are there any limits to number of submissions?


Yes, AMA Global Marketing SIG strictly enforces a Rule-of-Three. No person may be associated (as author, co-author, or panelist) with more than three submissions for an AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference.




Am I required to attend the conference if my paper or extended abstract is accepted?


AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference has a No Show Policy in place that requires at least one author of any accepted paper in the final program to register, attend, and present at the conference, if your paper is accepted. Failure to register by the author deadline of February 28, 2020, or a failure to present the manuscript at the assigned session are all treated as "No Shows" per the specified policy.




Is there a submission fee?


No. There is no submission fee for manuscripts or extended abstract submitted to the AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference conference. Please note that if your manuscript is accepted, the presenter(s) will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee.




Can I submit only an extended abstract?


Yes. We welcome both types of submissions: Full paper submissions and extended abstract submissions. Each manuscript submission will go through a double-blind review process. If accepted, authors will have the opportunity to revise their work before it is presented at the conference.




Can I submit my paper to multiple tracks?


No, each manuscript can only be submitted to a single track unless it is submitted to the Doctoral Consortium track. If you are not able to decide on the appropriate track for your manuscript, please contact the program chair and request assistance.




Can I submit a paper that is already under review for a journal?


You can submit your manuscript to the AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference, if the article is in the early stages of review at the journal. If you are at the later stages of the review process such that the manuscript could be accepted for publication before the AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference takes place, we recommend that you do not submit the manuscript to the AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference.




Can I submit a paper that has already been presented or scheduled to be presented at another conference?


It is acceptable to submit papers that have been presented, or scheduled to be presented at another conference to the AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference. However, the manuscript must be altered or improved upon after each presentation to incorporate the feedback received.




Can I change the title of my paper after it has been submitted?


It is typically possible to change the title of your paper until about 60 days before the conference, or until the final program has been published online. Please email your changes to the Conference Organizazer.




Can I update my accepted paper with a new version?


Yes, if you would like to make an updated version of your manuscript available for conference participants, please email a new copy of your manuscript to the Conference Organizers.




What is the deadline for presenters to register for the conference?


AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference's No-Show Policy requires that at least one co-author for each accepted paper must be registered. The deadline for the presenter to be registered is February 28, 2020. You will need to register by the 31st of January, 2020 to take advantage of our early bird registration discount. Otherwise, the manuscript will be removed from the program. If multiple co-authors are planning to attend the conference, each co-author has to register individually. For special sessions, the requirement is that all presenters must be registered by January 31, 2020.




My question is not listed here. Whom do I contact?


Please contact Goksel.Yalcinkaya@unh.edu or/and M.Hultman@leeds.ac.uk for assistance.





Presentation

How long is the oral presentation?


You can prepare a maximum of a 15-minute presentation and the remaining minutes will be used for question and answer. There is no limit to the number of PowerPoint slides as long as you are within the time limits. Typically, the presentations carry 8-10 slides.




May I present a different paper than the one indicated in my submission?


No. Your paper was judged and accepted on the merits of the submission. You cannot substitute something different after your submission has been accepted.




If I cannot attend the conference may I present my paper via Skype?


No. Our policy requires that the paper author must have registered and been present at the conference to give her/his paper. The paper cannot be delivered by another person and it cannot be presented via Skype.




What is the presentation equipment in a meeting room?


Presentation rooms will be equipped with a laptop and projector for PowerPoint presentations. Please bring your presentation on a flash drive (USB drive).




Can I present a paper in a language other than English?


The presentation guidelines can be found here.




Any guidelines for the presentation?


The presentation guidelines can be found here.





Travel & Transportation

How do I get to Taormina?


Catania Fontanarossa “Vincenzo Bellini” International airport is the nearest and most convenient airport at some 55 km from Taormina. It features several flights from the major Italian cities such as Milan, Rome, Naples and Venice (Ryanair, Alitalia, Windjet, Meridiana, etc.) and many international direct flights from important European and international cities such as Amsterdam (Transavia), Brussels (Brussels Airlines) London (British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair), Paris (Transavia, EasyJet), Dusseldorf, Cologne, Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich (Lufthansa, Eurowings, Easyjet, Ryanair), Zurich (Swiss), Malta (Air Malta), Istanbul (Turkish Airlines), Dubai (Flydubai) and many more. Lots of charter flights from all over the world land to Catania, too.




How do I get to Taormina from Catania airport?


You can get to Taormina from Catania airport by bus. There is a direct bus service between Catania airport and Taormina provided by the Etna Trasporti bus company. It takes about one hour and a half. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office outside the airport or on the bus. To take the bus, When you leave the arrivals hall turn to the right, walk to the end and find your bus. Taormina has its own modern bus terminal right in the town centre. Frequent buses (Company “Interbus“) run from Palermo, Catania (airport included) and Messina. Alternatively, you can take the AMT Alibus to the train station in Catania (runs every 20 minutes, from 5:00 to 24:00) and then take the train to Taormina. If you rent a car, you can reach Taormina from Catania airport by car in one hour drive by direct highway A18 (direction Messina, exit Taormina). Finally, you could get to Taormina by taxi. It is the fastest and easiest way to reach Taormina. The taxi takes about one hour and costs approximately € 80/90,00 one way.




How is Public Transportation in Taormina?


Relatively very good and safe. TAXI Piazza Badia Tel. 0942.23000 Piazza Duomo Tel. 0942.23800 Mazzarò Tel. 0942.21266 Railway Station Tel. 0942.51150 PUBLIC INTEREST AIRPORT CATANIA FONTANA ROSSA Tel. 095.7306266 BUS TERMINAL (INTERBUS) Tel. 625301 CONGRESS HALL Tel. 0942.626124 POLICE Emergency 113 – Tel. 0942.23888 POST OFFICE Piazza Bucinò 1 (Porta Catania) Tel. 0942.23010/23709/23230 RAILWAY STATION Tel. 0942.51026/51511/51602 – Toll free 1478 88088 CABLE CAR TAORMINA Tel. 0942.23906 TOWN HALL Tel. 0942.6101 – Toll Free 800 201420




Where to eat in Taormina?


MICHELIN AWARDED RESTAURANTS: La Capinera RESTAURANTS €€€: Villa Carlotta restaurant Maffeis La Baronessa Villa Ducale restaurant Osteria RossoDiVino RESTAURANTS €€: Al Duomo Andreas La Piazzetta Nettuno RESTAURANTS €: Al Giardino L’Incontro Rossopeperoncino Tischi Toschi Tiramisù Osteria Villa Zuccaro Time out (football fans) PIZZERIE: La Botte Vecchia Taormina Il Saraceno Villa Zuccaro La Napoletana




Where to rent a car in Taormina and Catania Airport?


TAORMINA CITY CENTER AVIS Tel 0942.23041 – Via San Pancrazio 79 CALIFORNIA (Car & Scooter) Tel 0942.23769 – Via Bagnoli Croce 86 CITY (Car & Scooter) Tel 0942.23161 – Piazza S. Antonio5 EURODOLLAR Tel 0942.23577 – Via Nazionale 105 HERTZ Tel 0942.23283 Fax 0942.623469/23045 – Via Don Bosco 10 ITALIA (Car & Scooter) Tel 0942.23973 – Via Pirandello 29 SICILY BY CAR Tel 0942.21252 – Via Apollo Arcageta 4SIXT Tel 0942.550033 or 0942.550240 – Via Nazionale 17 CUNDARI RENT Tel 0942.24700 – Via Apollo Arcageta 12 CATANIA FONTANAROSSA AIRPORT RENTAL AVIS Tel +39 095.340500 EUROPCAR Tel +39 095.348125 EURODOLLAR Tel +39 095.340252 fax 095.340389 HERTZ Tel +39 095 341595 fax 341767 HOLIDAY Tel Fax +39 095.346769 MAGGIORE Tel +39 095.340594 Fax 095.347288 NATIONAL Car Rental Tel +39 095.340594 Fax 095.347288 SICILY BY CAR Tel + 39 095.349900 SIXT Tel +39 095.340252 Fax 095.340389 TIRRENO Tel + 39 095.346893




How is the weather in May in Taormina?


The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night) in Taormina in May is 16.0°C (60.8°F). The amount of rain in May is normal with an average of 32mm (1.3in). This month generally has very pleasant temperatures. The average maximum temperature lies around 22.0°C (71.6°F).




Where could I get an invitation letter for visa purposes to attend the AMA Global Markting SIG 2020?


For those requiring an invitation letter for visa purposes to attend the AMA Global Markting SIG 2020 please send below information to Hayley Smith at University of Leeds (hayley@lubs.leeds.ac.uk). This will then be generated and returned via email within 5 working days:

Passport number:

Passport Name:

Date of Birth:

Gender:

Issue Date:

Expiration Date:

Country of Issue:

Date of Entry to UK:

Date of Exit from UK:

Embassy Name:

Embassy Address:

Embassy Phone Number:





Session Chair

What duties are expected of me as a session chair?


Session chairs have three primary duties: 1) introducing the presenters in a session, 2) keeping time during the session, and 3) facilitating the Q & A at the end of the session. Sessions are generally groups of four or five presentations, with each presenter allotted 15 minutes. (Please note: this amount includes time for reading the paper and playing clips, etc.) Presenter pairs (two people presenting a co-written paper) are allotted the same amount of time as an individual presenter.




Should I give the presenters time signals?


Yes. Some chairs do so verbally, and some do so using small note cards. Generally, chairs alert presenters when they have 4 minutes remaining and again when 2 minutes remain, although you may indicate other times at your or a presenter’s preference. Chairs should advise presenters ahead of time that at the 2-minute warning, the presenter should start to wrap up his/her argument. Please convey to presenters how and when you will give them time signals before the session starts.




Who keeps time for me?


You may keep time for yourself if you are comfortable doing so. However, many individuals find it easy to lose track of time while presenting and ask a friend in the audience or another panelist to give time signals during their presentation.




If a presenter runs out of time but has not finished presenting, what should I do?


You do not have to stop the presenter at exactly 15 minutes. However, if you have indicated to the presenter that her/his time is expired but s/he does not immediately conclude (say within a minute or so), you can and should kindly interrupt the presenter and verbally ask her/him to finish quickly so that the other panelists will have time for their presentations. If you are the presenter who runs out of time, please adhere to the time guidelines.




Can presenters in my session switch the order of their presentations?


We prefer if presenters stick to the printed order of presentations in a given Session. This allows individuals moving between sessions during the session to have a better idea of when a given presentation will occur in the session. Of course, if a presenter is late/absent or there are extenuating circumstances, you may switch the order with the other panelists’ agreement and at your discretion.




How should I introduce my session’s presenters to the audience?


At the conference, you should plan to arrive at your presentation room at least 5 minutes early so that you can meet the other panelists and make sure you know how to pronounce their names, titles, etc. Introductions should be brief. Some chairs introduce all presenters at the start of the session, but we encourage you to introduce each presenter right before s/he speaks – to help audience members joining the session late to easily understand which presentation is underway at a given time.




What do I do if a presenter does not show up?


If one of the Conference Organizers is attending the session, ask him/her if the presenter previously emailed to cancel. If not, after the session, let the conference chair know (in person or by email) that the presenter did not attend. Please also inform the conference staff at the registration desk, for our records.




What is my responsibility in relation to presenters’ media needs?


You are not expected to have any specific technology-related skills or abilities. Each presentation room will be equipped with an LCD projector and screen, and the hotel/conference staff will be available for tech help. Presenters will need to bring their flash drive to connect to the projector. If one of your presenters needs tech help when setting up before the session starts, please let registration desk staff know.




If a presenter’s DVD/CD/media clip malfunctions, what should I do?


Encourage presenters to test their tech before the session starts. If it malfunctions during a presentation anyway, instruct the presenter to continue with the presentation as best s/he can. Also, alert the registration desk staff.




Should the Q & A occur after each presentation or at the end of the session?


At the end of the session! Please ask the audience to hold all questions until all panelists have presented unless it is a pressing clarification question. This provides a richer discussion time, and it prevents enthusiasm for discussing one presenter’s paper from causing other presenters to run out of time.




What is expected of me during the Q & A session?


Given that all the presenters keep to time constraints, there will usually be 15-30 minutes at the end of each session for questions. As chair, you will moderate the Q & A, which means you will call on audience members who have questions. You should also prepare a backup question or two about each presentation to ensure that all presenters are included and addressed in the Q & A. Sometimes the audience will be very excited about one presentation and ignore the others. It is appropriate for you to ask if there are questions for other presenters (and ask your own if there are not), even if there are remaining questions for the presentation that has already received questions. Further, if an audience member or panelist begins to dominate the Q & A, you should thank that person for their contributions and then redirect the conversation to ensure all are able to participate.




What do I do if the session time ends but the Q & A is still going strong?


Please be aware of the starting time for the next session. There is a scheduled 15-minute break in the program between sessions. Even if your session started late or there is great enthusiasm during the Q&A, you need to dismiss the session at its scheduled conclusion time. This helps clear out the room for the next set of panelists to set up and prevents attendees at your session from being late to the next session.





General Conference

What is the dress code?


Conference attire is "smart" casual for all events, including the evening events. We do recommend bringing a sweater or light jacket with you since personal preferences vary regarding room temperature.




What meals will be served at the conference?


There will be morning and afternoon refreshment breaks for full-day sessions, and lunch will be provided for full-day sessions or where expressly indicated.​




What is included in the registration fee?


Welcome Reception Admittance to all scientific sessions of the Conference Conference documentation Certificate of attendance Coffee breaks and lunches during the Conference Conference gala dinner




May I bring an accompanying person?


Accompanying person can join the welcome reception on May 18 and the Gala dinner on May 20, 2020, with a $130 fee. The fee does not include access to scientific sessions, coffee breaks, and lunches during the conference. The fee will be payable in cash at the registration desk.




How much is the registration fee?


The fees vary based on your status (regular or student) as well as when you are registering for the conference (we have discounts for early registration and penalties for late and on-site registration). Please see the Registration page for detailed information about the applicable registration rates.




Can I register for one day only? Do you have a special day rate?


AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference does not offer any daily rates. Any members wishing to participate in any part of the conference are required to register for the whole conference.




Will I receive a certificate of attendance?


A certificate of attendance is available upon request by emailing Goksel.Yalcinkaya@unh.edu following the conference.




Is the conference schedule available?


Details will be posted on our website as they are confirmed. A full conference schedule, including conference sessions, will be available on our website in late March.




When will the conference take place? Where is it located?


The 2020 AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference will take place May 18-21, 2020 at the Taormina Congres Palace in Taormina, ITALY.




What hotel should I stay at during the conference?


A block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Our travel tour operator for this conference is the Travel Center of Mr. Konstantinos Vatopoulos. Please contact Mr. Vatopoulos at dvatop@yahoo.gr or +30 27210 22120 (Tel) +306937287798 (Mob). directly; remember to make your room reservations early and mention the 2020 AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference name to be assured a room at the special rate. After the allocated rooms have been filled, reservations may be made at the regular room rate if space is available. Please refer to "Accommodation" page for more information.




What is the AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference Cancellation & Refund Policy?


You may cancel your registration at any time by emailing customersupport@ama.org​ or calling 800-AMA-1150 or 312-542-9000. Cancellations received more than 30 days prior to the start of the event will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations received 7 to 30 days prior to the start of the event will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the event. No refunds will be issued after the event. All refunds will be refunded to your original method of payment.





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