I just realised that I forgot to submit the final version of a paper for a conference, and the deadline just passed last week. What should I do in this case? I contacted the publishing office but they said they are not accepting paper submissions.

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    Learn from the experience, don't make that mistake again Sep 14, 2016 at 20:24
  • quite so..Thank you!but is there any way to save the paper?
    – J Zhao
    Sep 14, 2016 at 20:54
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    To save the paper, rework and submit to another conference. Sep 14, 2016 at 21:47
  • Some conferences accept late papers for first submission (esp. if they do not have enough submissions), but if this is a camera-ready version (is it? What do you mean by "final version"?), it's probably too late. Sep 14, 2016 at 21:54
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    @Ethan get yourself some electronic calendar and set the alarm for a few days before important dates - strictly without exception! When reminded, re-set it to one day before the day. That should help, if you strictly adhere to it. I found that, once an important date appears in my agenda, email, discussion, etc., I immediately, without regard for decorum, politeness, put it in the calendar [of course, that does not hold when you cross the road, drive a car or similar, but you should not be checking your mail/phone at that time, anyway]. Make it a strict rule, no exceptions. Sep 14, 2016 at 23:22

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You're probably out of luck here. You can try to email one of the conference chairs or whoever might be higher up the chain than the publishing office, but that's a bit of a long shot, especially a week after.

I'm so sorry this happened to you. I've come close to missing a deadline once or twice and I now set days worth of reminders just to be sure I don't mess anything up.

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    Agreed: it sounds like once the mistake was made, the OP did the right thing to try to salvage the situation, but the situation was no longer salvageable.
    – jakebeal
    Sep 14, 2016 at 21:20

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