Conference Submission Tips

Link to the Abstract Submission Portal:


Important: The email address used in the submission portal needs to be same as your CEA account (confirmed by selecting "Edit my Profile" under your login in top right hand corner).

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Paula Emery at

Submission to a Track

In our new conference platform, when submitting your abstract, you will be asked to direct your submission to a Track. These tracks are the CEA Study Groups and Scientific Committees who will review the abstracts in their respective areas and provide a decision to the program office.

Not certain what track to select in Step 1? The following table provides an overview of the topics for each track in the submission portal. The specific topic is added in step 5 while an optional secondary topic can be added in step 6 of the submission process. Note that some papers may be reassigned to a different track based on the study group or committee's feedback, the paper's secondary subject, and the program chair's discretion.  Link to JEL Categories.

Topic JEL Category Track: Study Group/Scientific Committee
Development Economics O Canadian Development Economics Study Group (CDESG)
Economic Systems, Transition Economies P
Econometrics C1-C5 Canadian Econometrics Study Group (CESG) 
Game Theory and Bargaining Theory C7 Canadian Economic Theory Conference (CETC)
Information and Uncertainty D8
Mathematical/Computational Economics C6
Microeconomics D
Behavioural Economics D9, E7, G4 Canadian Experimental and Behavioral Economics Research Group (CEBERG)
Experimental Economics C9
Health Economics I1 Canadian Health Economics Study Group (CHESG)
International Finance F Canadian International Trade Study Group (CITSG)
International Trade and Investment F
Law and Economics K Canadian Law and Economics Assocation (CLEA)
Labour and Demographic Economics J Canadian Labour Economics Forum (CLEF)
Economics of Education  I2
Economic Growth, Technlogical Change O3, O4 Canadian Macroeconomics Study Group (CMSG)
Macroeconomics, Business Cycles E, E21-E23, E3
Monetary Economics and Policy E4-E6, F3-F4
Economic History N Canadian Network for Economic History (CNEH)
Political Economy P Canadian Public Economics Study Group (CPEG)
Public Economics, Taxation, Fiscal Policy H
Welfare Economics D6
Environmental Economics Q5, F18, F64, H23, R11 Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Association (CREEA)
Resource and Energy Economics Q00-Q01,Q15, Q2-Q4, N5, O13, O44, P48
Economics of Indigeneous Peoples J15 Indigenous Economics Study Group (IESG)
Agriculture Economics Q1 Agricultural Economics
Data Science & Economics C8 Data Science & Economics
Education Economics I2 Education Economics
Financial Economics G Financial Economics
Business Administration, Marketing, Accounting Industrial Organization
Industrial Organization L
Innovation Economics O3 Innovation Economics
Teaching of Economics A2 Teaching of Economics
Urban, Regional, and Spatial Economics R Urban, Regional, and Spatial Economics
Other Topics    Unlisted/Other


Why do I have to submit my paper to a track?

The track feature in our submission portal is required to manage the subsequent review process in our new conference management system. This allows the program office to direct your submission to the appropriate review group.

Do I have to be a member of a Study Group to submit to their track?

No, you do not need to be a member of a specific Study Group to submit to their track in the portal. You are, however, welcome to learn more about each study group by visiting their webpage and participating in their activities.  

Can I Edit My Submission/Abstract?

Yes! Your submission details can be edited during and after submission up until the submission deadline of Feburary 14, 2020 (Deadline extended to Feb 17th).  During submission, once you have filled in a "Step" you can return to that step by clicking on the  desired  "Step" button listed in the left hand column - Do NOT use back button. Up until the submission deadline, February 17th, 2020, you can edit the submitted abstract under "my submissions" in the Ex Ordo portal. Click on the abstract and choose "edit" near the bottom. After making changes, save your work. 

For help with editing your submission in Ex Ordo, please see:

What Format Should I Select?

Choose the session format that would best best suit your paper. All sessions will be 90 minutes long with a session chair. Discussants may be assigned but this is at the discretion of the session organizer or chair. 

  • Oral Regular Format: this format will include 3 or 4 presentations per session. Time will be approximately evenly allocated to each presenter, with sufficient time for discussants, if applicable, and audience Q&A. 
  • Oral Short Format: this format will include more presenters per sessions. You will be instructed that the number of slides for your presentation be in the range of five or six. The chair of a session will confirm how much time each presenter will have allotted. This is based on the number of participants registered in the session, by the registration deadline, which is approximately six weeks before the conference start date. 
  • Oral Regular or Oral Short Format: choosing this option will signal to the evaluators that you are open to both options. 

What is the maximum word limit for an abstract?

The limit is 250 words for the abstract content. In addition to the abstract, we encourage you to submit full-length papers by providing a URL in Step 6. Please provide title (in proper title format) and the abstract in Step 3.

Where do I enter co-authors?

Enter your co-authors in Step 4. Please provide co-authors names. It is important that the submitting author is listed as the presenting author. If you determine that you cannot present, then we can switch who the presenter author will be.  Your co-author will receive a confirmation email as well when you submit.

I cannot find my Topic in my Track. What should I enter?

The topics listed in step 5 are related to the Track you selected in Step 1.   If you do not see ANY topic areas that suits the submission, you may need to go back to the table above to determine if you are in the wrong track. If you did choose the wrong track, click on “Step 1: Track” and revise your selection. If you want to add a secondary topic area or an unlisted topic area, you can do so in "Step 6: Additional Information”.  

Where do I enter the Methodology for my submission?

Enter in Step 6 - Additional Information. 

Where do I enter the URL/Link to my paper?

Enter in Step 6 - Additional Information. 

Where do I enter my paper's secondary topic?

Add a topic area that was not listed or a secondary topic area, if applicable in Step 6. 

Can I add comments to my submission?

Yes, please enter your comments in step 6. For example, if your submission is part of a special session, please provide the organizers name and the name of the session in this area.