Submission Types

SMC 2017 plans to feature a variety of valuable papers and presentations.  All submittals of proposed content are reviewed for appropriate and interesting material by one of several different review groups before approval for development.  The different types of content and description of the respective review group and its procedures are described below.  Selection is based on the overall desire to provide a timely and valuable SMC program.  While each review group has its own process for selection, submittals may be moved from one group to another where deemed more appropriate. Submitters will be informed if their submittal is being considered by a different group than indicated by the proposer.  

All selected content will be included in the electronic proceedings of SMC 2017.  Content is additionally considered for publishing in the Society’s Annual Transactions or in one of the Society’s Journals or other publications.  For information on potential awards for which content may be eligible, consult the Recognition portion of the SNAME website.

Description of Types

Peer Reviewed Papers
– The SNAME Papers Committee consists of experts in many fields who collectively review the submitted paper abstracts for their value and potential archival quality of the paper to be developed.  Lead reviewers are chosen from committee members to coordinate paper development and work directly with the authors to assure complete and comprehensive coverage.  After approving an abstract for development, the resulting draft paper is sent to a minimum of two external experts in the subject area for comments and recommendations on its quality and value.  If the paper is deemed acceptable the lead reviewer continues to work with the author to ensure comments regarding the content are appropriately addressed by the authors and that further editing is performed to ensure the paper is rendered in a readable and highly professional manner.  Other experts in the field are then invited to review the paper prior to presentation and submit formal written discussions that will be presented along with normal questions during the presentation.  Authors responses to all discussions and questions are then retained for further publication opportunities.  As these papers are often chosen for inclusion in the Society Transactions, the discussions and authors written replies are an important part of what is published.  This peer reviewed papers approach is thought to provide the highest level of peer review that professional societies offer.

Convention PapersProposed paper abstracts not submitted as Peer Reviewed Papers also go to the SNAME Papers Committee for review.  They undergo a selection process similar to the peer reviewed papers.  They are not held to archival quality and completeness.  The papers are thoroughly reviewed and comments provided to assure the paper is a high quality and timely convention paper.  Discussions provided by interested individuals and author replies are similarly valuable for potential further publication of the paper.   

Student Papers – Papers written by students are strongly encouraged for career development and provide a valuable opportunity to show expertise from new entries into the professional community. A small student papers committee group is formed for each SMC and is responsible for both helping to solicit and review, proposals from students.  Abstracts are selected and paper development is coordinated by the group with a focus on assisting the authors with completion of a good paper and presentation.  

Ship Production Papers or Presentations – Focusing on ship production advancements, the Panel Chairs of the SNAME Technical & Research (T&R) Ship Production Committee form the group that reviews these content submittals for interest and value to the industry.  These SNAME Panel Chairs also chair the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Panels.  Selected content often consists of results emanating from NSRP projects, other advancements in ship production and other related submittals of interest to builders and the activities of various T&R research Panels.  The review group reviews all contact proposal submittals and decides which are to be invited. Presentations only are also acceptable.  Each Panel Chair then works with the authors of the papers or presentations falling into the area of interest of that Panel to assure that a valuable paper or presentation results.    
Technical and Research (T&R) Sessions - The SNAME T&R Steering Committee works with each of its Committees to initiate and sponsor sessions to further research and working efforts in their respective technical areas.  Some of the sessions created will feature papers, others will present new efforts underway or discussions of potential new initiatives or content of interest.  These sessions are aimed at addressing research and development gaps and looking for help and assistance from the industry and Government to advance the state of the art.  Sessions may feature presentation of results or working efforts of current research efforts, work of interest to particular T&R Panel efforts, or may consist of other types of discussions on various topics of interest.  All are aimed at looking forward to future developments and providing practical information and guidance bulletins on implementation of technology.   

Special Sessions - The SMC planning Committee also forms an ad hoc group to review and recommend other content submitted to consider whether it is of interest and of value to the SMC program. Ideas submitted can be papers, presentations, or any other concepts that will contribute to the overall program.