Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA) – Promoting Global Reach through Cosponsored Meetings

Helen Wall Murray

POMA Manuscript Manager

It has been a long-standing tradition that the ASA offers cosponsorship and financial support to non-ASA meetings dedicated to acoustics-related topics and research. The Executive Council reviews and approves applications for cosponsorship, and financial support is provided through the ASA Technical Initiative Program. For organizations whose meetings meet the criteria and receive approval, an additional courtesy is then offered – an invitation and opportunity to publish their meeting proceedings in POMA.

In 2022, POMA published proceedings from meetings focused on Nonlinear Acoustics, Underwater Acoustics and Musical Acoustics.  Over the past few years, other topics highlighted were Long Range Sound Propagation, Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life and Ultrasonics.  Each meeting is permanently archived in a specific Volume on the POMA home page and the published papers are actively promoted through the ASA social media accounts.

Considering the multidisciplinary nature of the ASA, it only seems natural that papers from various acoustics-related meetings in the US and worldwide would find a permanent home in POMA. Therefore, each year, POMA Editor Megan Ballard makes it a top priority to reach out to newly approved meeting organizers, inviting them to take advantage of POMA’s flexible scheduling and workflow.  Customized meeting logos can be highlighted on cover pages, along with the formal POMA and ASA branding. POMA’s team of expert Associate Editors work diligently to review papers in a timely fashion and often work hand in hand with Guest Associate Editors from a specific meeting. Through the years, this collaboration has fostered collegiality and interconnectedness among the various technical and research areas of acoustics science.

The POMA Editorial Board always welcomes organizers of cosponsored meetings to reach out and take advantage of this unique and streamlined opportunity to publish their proceedings.

For more information, Guidelines for ASA Support of Non-ASA Meetings and POMA Cosponsored Meeting Information (for detailed information on using POMA, including publishing fees) are available here:

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact the POMA Manuscript Manager at

POMA Captures Meeting Momentum

Helen Wall Murray

POMA Manuscript Manager

Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA) is a benefit to all ASA Meeting attendees, not just because it offers a rapid publication path for articles based on presentations and posters, but because it serves as the collective record for preliminary investigations, initial findings, case studies, hot topics and timely research, as well as the ongoing global conversation shared by ASA members and the wider acoustics community at the time of a conference.  Each Volume of POMA provides a snapshot of an ASA meeting past and present.

The 184th Meeting of Acoustical Society of America which took place in Chicago earlier this month felt very much like a throwback meeting:  More than 1,000 presentations were scheduled in the program; attendees were seen navigating the floor/room maps, occupying escalators and elevators in swift pursuit of the next session or presentation; seats were quite full at society-wide events; energy levels were high and attitudes ambitious. An outsider might very well have inquired, What’s all the rush about?  Well, the answer remains quite simple: Five days designed specifically for sharing and observing cutting-edge research and in-depth analysis related to and focused on the broad-ranging science of acoustics.

But, even the most ambitious of attendees may not have been able to share and absorb all of the information that they intended to express or capture during the 5-day meeting. POMA, by design, provides the ideal solution. Turn your talk or poster into a written article. Create a record of your research for all to read and revisit.

Currently POMA is receiving papers from the 184th Meeting as well as papers from all past ASA Meetings. The submission portal is simple and quick and formatting instructions and templates are available in both Word and LaTeX. In principle, any article based on an oral presentation or poster delivered at any ASA meeting is eligible for publication in POMA. Manuscripts are reviewed from the standpoints of clarity and correctness by an outstanding team of Associate Editors and are published online shortly after being accepted. You can learn more about the components of a good POMA article from our POMA Editor and Associate Editors.

Good News for ASA Students!

POMA is holding its 3rd society-wide Student Paper Competition for a POMA submission based on a presentation or poster from the Chicago meeting.

Up to five student papers will receive an award of USD $300. Additionally, the student paper winners will be noted on the POMA cover page and their articles will be promoted in email and social media campaigns.

To qualify for the award, an author must:

  • be enrolled as a student at least half-time (graduates are eligible if the presented work was performed as a student within one year of the meeting). Note that the student author does not need to be a member of the ASA to qualify.
  • be listed as the first author on the submitted abstract and POMA manuscript and present the paper at the meeting.
  • submit the POMA manuscript by the competition deadline, which is 30 days after the conclusion of the meeting. For this meeting, manuscripts must be submitted on or before 11 June 2023.

To enter: Indicate your paper is part of the POMA Student Paper Competition by selecting this option during the POMA submission process.

Selection: The papers will be rated by the POMA Associate Editor corresponding the technical area in which the paper was presented. The top related papers will be evaluated by the POMA Editor, POMA Assistant Editor, and POMA Manuscript Manager and up to five winning papers will be selected.

Additional Instructions

  • To ensure the article passes the initial quality check, please follow all manuscript preparation and submission instructions.  See also the submission checklist.
  • The competition deadline is 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time, 11 June 2023.  Any manuscripts received after this will be considered for publication in POMA but will be ineligible for the competition.
  • Regardless of the competition outcome, the opportunity to publish an editor-reviewed proceedings paper will enhance your CV/resume and help you take an important intermediate step toward a peer-reviewed publication.

To hear interviews with the winners of the past two POMA Student Paper Competitions visit Across Acoustics, the official Podcast of the ASA.

As always, we look forward to receiving your POMA submissions and thank you for your past contributions!

ASA Meetings and publishing

Did you know that by attending and presenting at ASA meetings, you unlock different publishing benefits? If you’ll be attending the 184th ASA Meeting in Chicago, Illinois 8–12 May 2023, be sure to take advantage of these benefits and opportunities!

Everybody attending the 184th ASA meeting is welcome to check out a special workshop: Providing and Responding to Constructive Reviews. Although everyone receives reviews when publishing scientific work, criticism can be challenging to accept and respond to. Providing constructive criticism can sometimes be as tricky as accepting it. This workshop is intended for writers and reviewers alike and will be held on Wednesday, 10 May, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Using provided examples of scientific writing submissions and reviews, participants will practice writing and responding to reviews. Experienced authors, reviewers, and editors, including James Lynch, Editor in Chief of ASA, will provide assistance and insight.

For those presenting at the meeting, one the primary benefits is that you can publish in ASA’s Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA). POMA manuscripts are reviewed from the standpoints of clarity and correctness by an Associate Editor and are published online shortly after being accepted. In case you didn’t know…

  • it’s free to submit but you must present at the meeting.
  • there is no submission deadline!
  • POMA has Word and LaTeX manuscript templates.
  • published papers are indexed in scholarly venues and highlighted on social media.

By the way, since there is no deadline for POMA, papers from any prior ASA meeting or from designated cosponsored conferences are still eligible for submission!

Bonus benefit: Special session organizers at ASA meetings can submit summaries of sessions! These POMA articles provide a written, archived record of important sessions that honor colleagues, provide historical perspectives, and detail research advances in technical specialties and new topics.

Visit for additional information, including recent changes to the manuscript preparation/submission process.

Plus, POMA holds a society-wide student paper competition! Not only will the student winners receive $300 USD, but their articles will also be noted on the POMA cover and promoted in email and social media campaigns! The submission deadline for the Chicago meeting is 11 June 2023. Find out more about the competition, including qualifications and how to enter here:

Last, but certainly not least, meeting presenters can contribute to the ASA Lay Language Paper (LLP) program to share acoustics news with science reporters and journalists. LLPs are short summaries of presentations which are on the ASA online news site Check out this style guide to learn how to write and submit your LLP:

We hope to see you in Chicago! For those of you who can’t attend in person, be sure to follow us on social media for meeting highlights!