Standards and Guidelines for the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies Ratified by CGOTS on September 3, 1994; Revised on September 2, 1996
MISSION Founded in 1990, the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (CGOTS), affiliated with the American Political Science Association, aims to promote Taiwan area studies in the mainstream political science community, to assist Chinese political scientist from Taiwan in their professional development and to facilitate the development and growth of an integrated academic community among ROC political scientists and U.S.-based scholars with a substantial research interest in Taiwan.
GOALS CGOTS endeavors to promote studies on the theoretical implications of Taiwan's social, economic, political transformation and the changes and continuities of its external relations; to promote Taiwan studies as an important research area in the international academic community, and specifically as an indispensable element in any respectable curriculum on East Asia; to facilitate interaction and collaboration between political scientists in the U.S. and R.O.C.; and to assist young scholars and advanced graduate students in their career development.
PROGRAM These goals are to be achieved through the sponsorship of panels and roundtables under the broad umbrella of the APSA annual meeting each year; the support of publication projects; through the encouragement of other professional activities.
MEMBERSHIP Eligibility: A person may become a CGOTS member if he or she pays CGOTS annual membership dues. Student members are exempt from paying membership fees.
Membership Privileges: Membership enables one to vote for CGOTS coordinator; to qualify for participation in CGOTS-organized activities; to qualify for the travel grants and research supports administered through the CGOTS; and to be listed in CGOTS Membership Directory.
ORGANIZATION Coordinator: The Coordinator is the chief executive officer of the CGOTS and the chief representative of the group. The Coordinator is responsible for the preparation of the annual meeting program and of funding proposals. The Coordinator serves a two-year term. At mid-term, the Coordinator for the next term is elected by all the members present at the annual business meeting. Any member, except for the incumbent Coordinator, who is sponsored by five or more members can become a candidate. The candidate who wins the highest votes is elected as Coordinator-elect.
Assistant Coordinators: During his or her tenure, the Coordinator appoints at least one U.S.-based member and at least one Taiwan-based member as Assistant Coordinators. Assistant Coordinators serve a two-year renewable term. They provide advice and assistance to the Coordinator with respect to annual meeting programs, funding, and other group-wide matters.
Senior Advisors: The Coordinator may appoint senior political scientists as advisors for the CGOTS.
CGOTS Guidelines for the Review of Paper, Panel, and Grant Proposals Ratified by CGOTS on September 5, 1992
1. CGOTS Coordinator, after consulting with CGOTS Assistant Coordinators, other members and APSA officials, decides the number of panels to be organized in an APSA annual meeting, specific topic for each panel, and the deadline for proposal submission.
2. The Review Committee shall consist of all the incumbent CGOTS officials and, when available, the Coordinator-elect. The Coordinator may invite a senior member to join the Committee. The Coordinator either chairs the Review Committee or appoints one committee member as its chairperson.
3. The call for papers should be made public to CGOTS members no less than fifty days before the deadline for proposal submission.
4. Individual paper proposals should consist of a half- to one-page double-spaced description of the paper and, if needed, the amount of partial travel support needed from the CGOTS.
5. Two types of panel proposals will be reviewed: (1) roundtables, and (2) panels seeking co-sponsorship with APSA Organized Sections by using the latter's APSA panel quotas. A panel proposal should specify the topic, the chair of the panel, other panelists and their roles in the panel, and the total amount of travel support requested. Once approved by the Review Committee, the person who submitted the proposal for a co-sponsored panel is responsible for negotiating with the targeted APSA Organized Section under the conditions set by the Review Committee.
6. All the proposals, as well as letters indicating willingness to serve as panel chair or discussant, should be submitted to the ROC- or US-based Assistant Coordinators, depending upon the residence of the proposer. The Assistant Coordinators are responsible for sending duplicate copies of proposals to all other members of the Review Committee.
7. Review Committee chooses participants based on their proposals' quality and relevance to the selected themes of CGOTS panels, and the reasonableness of their travel-support requests. If several proposals share the same level of quality, those who do not serve as panelists in the previous year's CGOTS panels should have higher priority. The Review Committee should inform the applicants of the results of review as soon as the program is finalized.
8. Travel support allocated to CGOTS panelists is subject to the constraints of CGOTS funds. Travel spending inside the United States should be given higher priority than trans-Pacific airfare. Participants should request financial support from CGOTS for only the portion of the travel cost which is not covered by their institutions' subsidies.
9. If the actual number of panels assigned by APSA to CGOTS is different from the number planned, the Coordinator is responsible for readjusting the CGOTS program.