I think I understand the submission process, but hoped for some clarification to make sure I'm understanding it completely. (Also, I'm working on my presentation for the PKP 09 conference, and I'd hate to get it wrong in front of a crowd of OCS super users!)
Most of the conferences that I've worked with have a workflow similar to the following:
1) submit a two-page abstract as a separate file
2) abstract gets peer reviewed, and either accepted and rejected
3) some time before the conference, the author is asked to upload a paper or presentation
If I choose the the "abstract and proposal together" workflow, then the authors can upload their two-page abstract, but are unable to upload their paper unless the Director asks the author for revisions. And if that happens, then the submission is moved from the "Presentations" section (where it's displayed on the web site), and moved back to the "In Review" section, where it is no longer listed as an accepted abstract.
What I've ended up doing is just uploading the final papers manually, provided I can get ahold of them, so as not to remove the abstract from the "Presentations" page.
Are there any other alternatives? Any chance that future releases of OCS might allow a separate upload?
Digital Initiatives Librarian
Georgia Institute of Technology