Topic: Allowing authors to choose a primary and a secondary topic for their submission  (Read 78831 times)

You want to allow the authors of your conference to select a primary and a secondary topic for
their submissions, so that they can indicate their order of preference.

Sorry, but there is currently not really an option to determine a preference of topics in ConfTool Pro, but there are some alternatives.

If you go to:
Overview => Settings => Manage Submission Types / Conference Tracks
You can allow participants to select 1 or 2 topics for each submission and also enter keywords. Maybe that's already fine for you.


An alternative is, to use Conference Tracks / Submission Types as primary selection and Topics as secondary selection.

If that meets your requirements, please create the "main topics" as Submissions Types here:
Overview => Settings => Manage Submission Types / Conference Tracks

Then create the "secondary topic" as Topics here:
Overview => Settings => Manage Topics

However, reviewers can only select from Topics for their areas of expertise, so also the automatic assignment process also only consider the Topics, not the submission types.

Another alternative might be "Topic Groups" for you.

1. Please go to
Overview => Settings => Main Settings for Paper and Abstract Submission
and activate the "Expert Settings" on the bottom of the page (Cogwheel Icon).
Under "Special Conditions for Paper Submission" set "Enable Topic Groups" to "Yes".

2. Now go back to "Settings" and select
Overview => Settings => Manage Topics Groups
Please create two topic groups called for instance "Primary Topic" and "Secondary Topic".

3. Then please go to:
Overview => Settings => Manage Topics
Create / assign your topics to the first topic group and then create and assign the topics for the "Secondary Topic" group.

4. Please note that you also have to enable topic groups for each submission type:
Overview => Settings => Manage Submission Types / Conference Tracks
Scroll down to "Topics" select "Topic Groups" in the select box.