The Call for Papers is now closed. The paper selection process is underway. Authors will be notified of their acceptance status by January 4 January 9.

Presenting a paper at PharmaSUG is a great way to deepen your own technical skills, gain recognition for yourself and your company, and connect with the larger community of statistical programmers, statisticians, data analysts, and researchers in the life sciences. No matter how long you've been in the industry, you've probably learned something that could benefit others. Come and share that learning at PharmaSUG 2019!

If you're a bit unsure about presenting at PharmaSUG, please consider taking advantage of our Presenter Coaching Program. We'll help you every step of the way!

Below is some essential information to guide you as you create your paper and prepare your presentation or e-poster. Before submitting a paper proposal, please review the information below carefully. If you have any questions, please contact Richann Watson, Academic Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Submission Basics

Your proposal will need to include a paper title of no more than 25 words and a summary (abstract) of no more than 250 words. You will also be asked to provide the name of each author along with each author's affiliation (company, etc.), email address, and a short biography of no more than 75 words per author.

To improve the chances of your paper being selected for the conference, it is strongly recommended that you include a working draft or outline. This will give the conference committee a better idea of the content, style, and quality of your paper.

Presentation Options and Sections (changed for 2019)

There are several presentation formats: a regular 20-minute paper, a 50-minute long paper, a 10-minute quick tip, and an e-poster. When you submit your paper, you will need to specify the submission category you think your paper best fits. You can also specify a second-choice category. If the conference committee feels your paper fits better elsewhere, your paper may be assigned to another category. If we are in doubt as to the best choice, we will talk to you.

The final list of conference sections will not necessarily match the list of submission categories. Submission categories may be further sub-divided and/or combined as needed depending on the content received to arrive at the final set of conference sections. Several conference sections will run concurrently at the conference.

Click here to review the list of submission categories and their descriptions.

Paper Guidelines

Every presentation and e-poster requires submission of a companion paper. These papers will be published as part of the official Conference Proceedings at the PharmaSUG website. (We no longer produce printed proceedings.) To meet the expectations for publication in the Proceedings, please refer to the PharmaSUG 2019 Paper Guidelines, Paper Template, and other tools found with our Presenter Resources.

Presenter Obligations

If the proposed paper is accepted for presentation at PharmaSUG 2019, the author(s) agree to:

  1. Submit the Copyright Grant Form signed by all authors on or before March 30, 2019;
  2. Submit a final paper in PDF format consistent with the PharmaSUG 2019 Paper Guidelines on or before April 30, 2019;
  3. Register for the conference on or before the early registration deadline of May 17, 2019. Registration opens in late November, 2018.
  4. Be available to present your paper at any point during the conference from 8:00am Monday (June 17, 2019) through noon Wednesday (June 19, 2019). Due to the complexity of the scheduling process, special scheduling requests cannot be honored. Please plan to attend the entire conference and make your travel plans accordingly.

If any of the above terms and conditions is not met, PharmaSUG reserves the right to remove the presentation from the Conference Schedule and exclude the paper from the Conference Proceedings.

Presenter Timetable

Item Date Details
Paper Proposals Nov. 26, 2018
Dec. 10, 2018
All paper proposals must be submitted through the PharmaSUG Paper Submission System.
Notification Dec. 14, 2018
Jan. 9, 2019
Section Chairs will notify paper proposers whether their paper has been accepted.
Copyright Grant Form March 30, 2019 The Copyright Grant Form must be signed by ALL authors (digitally, or via print and scan) and submitted electronically through the PharmaSUG Paper Submission System.
Papers Due April 30, 2019 The final PDF version of each paper must follow the PharmaSUG 2019 Paper Guidelines and be submitted to the PharmaSUG Paper Submission System. Early submissions are encouraged and appreciated by the conference committee. The conference committee will review the paper and provide any necessary feedback to each presenter. Any revisions will be required on a timely basis.
Registration Deadline May 17, 2019 Presenters must register by the early registration deadline to receive the presenter rate. We reserve the right to cancel presentations by unregistered presenters.
Presentation files loaded June 7, 2019 Please submit your presentation through the PharmaSUG Paper Submission System.