Prepare for a Conference

Each conference has a program committee that evaluates the proposals and the number accepted depends on program size, topics covered and quality of paper proposals.

Find a conference

A call for paper proposal is issued about one year prior to each of our conferences. If you have an idea for a technical paper, search the conferences with an open call for papers.


Write a Proposal

A paper proposal should be about 350 words (may differ by conference) and include enough information for the committee to make an accurate judgment of your paper.

Your proposal should demonstrate that your paper will:

  • Contribute technically sound knowledge in a particular area of petroleum technology
  • Present new knowledge or experience that has not been published previously
  • Not be commercial in nature and will not promote specific companies, products or services


Submit your proposal

Once you have written a paper proposal, you can submit it to any of our conferences with an open call for papers by the deadline to ensure it will be considered. Don't forget to:

  • Ask for company clearance from your manager to ensure the company understands that if the proposal is accepted, you will be required to write a manuscript and present at a conference
  • Sign a transfer of copyright form
  • Find your log-in information and make sure your contact information is up to date. If you do not already have a login for the SPE website, get one.  If you don't remember your password, reset it before continuing.


Write your paper

Proper organization of the paper will lead the reader through your supporting data and theories to a logical conclusion.

Papers accepted for an SPE conference must not have been accepted or presented elsewhere (including another SPE conference). When your paper is accepted, you will receive an author kit to help you submit your manuscript.


Submit your paper

You must submit your manuscript and transfer of copyright by the stated deadline (about three months prior to the conference) for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings. Manuscripts should be submitted via the link provided in an email notification that is sent to the presenting (corresponding) author. All manuscripts should all be in .doc format using the template provided in the author kit. SPE meetings have a "no-paper, no-podium" policy.

You also have the option of separately submitting your paper for peer review and publication in one our journals.


Present your paper or poster at the conference

Before you present your paper at the conference, we suggest you practice to become comfortable giving it and aware of your time contraints.


If you are giving a poster presentation with space limitations, you should choose your words and images carefully so that viewers can understand the important points of your paper from your poster.