Authoring Conference Papers

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

Open calls for papers

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

A proposal demonstrates 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.

A proper review of your abstract requires that it contain adequate information on which to make a judgment. The suggested limit of 225-450 words should not be constraining if the proposal is limited to the following factual highlights:

  • Objectives/Scope
  • Methods, Procedures, Process
  • Results, Observations, Conclusions
  • Novel/Additive Information

Sample proposal (pdf)

SPE is adopting ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), a widely accepted unique identifier for authors, giving them control over their content and eliminating ambiguities. All SPE contributors will be required to have an ORCiD starting 1 January, 2023. Click here for more information.

Once you have written a proposal, you can submit it to any of our conferences with an open call for papers. An author is limited to a maximum of three (3) proposal submissions to any one event

When submitting a proposal, don't forget to:

  • Secure company clearance and approvals from the appropriate department(s).
  • Ensure the company understands that if the proposal is accepted, you will be required to write a manuscript, sign a transfer of copyright, and present at the conference.
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Proposal FAQs

Conference Dual Submission Policy

Proper organization of the paper will lead the reader through your theories and supporting data to a logical conclusion. If your paper is accepted, you will receive an Acceptance Notification that provides you with access to an author kit.  The Author Kit serves as a resource center with:

  • Submission Deadlines
  • Required Forms
  • SPE Paper Template and Instructions
  • SPE Style Guide
  • Conference PowerPoint Template
  • Presentation Tips
  • Peer Review information

Preparing a paper

All manuscripts must be submitted via the online Paper Proposal Management System (PPMS). Each presenting (corresponding) author will be sent an email with a customized link that provides access to the system.

A complete submission includes:

  • Final Manuscript (using the SPE Manuscript template [.doc/.docx format])
  • Presenting Author Transfer of Copyright (TOC)
  • Five (5) Co-author Transfer of Copyright (TOC)
  • Paper Information Form (PIF)

SPE meetings have a "no-paper, no-podium" policy. If you do not submit the manuscript by the stated deadline, it will be withdrawn from the program.

Submitting a Manuscript

Before you present your paper at the conference, we suggest you practice to become comfortable presenting from behind a lectern and are aware of your time constraints.

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.

Preparing your presentation