Call for Submissions Rules & Guidelines
There are separate deadlines for symposia and posters:
Symposium submissions close on December 1, 2015 at 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time.
All submissions must represent completed work (i.e., please do not submit a proposal if the data are still pending). Non-empirical research should not be submitted as a poster. Submissions should discuss research that has not been presented or published elsewhere. All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the Program Committee.
Symposium submitters will be notified via email of the decision regarding acceptance (or rejection) of their submission in late December. If accepted, submitters will be notified of the schedule for the symposium in late January. If the Program Committee recommends that a symposium submission be considered for a poster presentation instead, the submitter will be notified of this recommendation and each author will be offered the opportunity to submit individual presentations as posters in the Call for Submissions.
Poster submitters will be notified of the acceptance (or rejection) of their poster on a rolling basis, and if accepted, will be notified of the schedule for their poster in March 2016.
With all proposal formats, including posters, the Program Committee retains the right to request additional information, ask that changes be made to improve a presentation, or decline to schedule a presentation the Committee does not find relevant to the meeting or that does not follow the guidelines for submission. No changes can be made after proposals have been submitted unless the Committee has specifically requested that change. All submissions must represent completed work (i.e. please do not submit a proposal if the data are still pending). Non-empirical research should not be submitted as a poster. Submissions should discuss research that has not been presented or published elsewhere.
Only the person who submits the proposal will receive correspondence relating to the submission. The submitter must notify all authors of the status of the proposal. The name of the proposal submitter will not appear in any program unless the submitter elects to be listed as an author. Submitter information is only used for communications about the submission, such as notification of acceptance or rejection of the proposal.
All program participants must register and pay the appropriate conference registration fee. This rule applies to speakers, session chairpersons, participants, and poster presenters. You may join APS or renew your membership via the convention registration form, but please understand that membership and convention registration are separate items. You can register onsite at the convention, but early registrants receive a special early bird registration rate before March 31, 2016. More information about convention registration is available online.
A symposium is a focused session in which individual speakers present their research on a common issue. Symposia should have the dual goals of providing diversity of perspective and integrating those perspectives into a meaningful whole.
A symposium includes a chair, up to four presenters, and a discussant (optional). Symposia are scheduled in 80 time slots and should allow for discussion among presenters and the audience. An LCD projector, screen, microphone and speakers will be available in each presentation room for symposia. Presenters must supply all other equipment for their presentation, including laptop computers.
To Submit a Symposium — Enter the following information:
Sample poster configuration
Posters offer the opportunity to present data and have substantive discussions with interested colleagues. The audience circulates among the posters, stopping to discuss papers of particular interest to them. Authors present their papers using a visual medium with key excerpts from the papers displayed on a 4′ high x 8′ wide/1.2 m high x 2.4 m wide free-standing bulletin board. Poster presentations should incorporate illustrative materials such as tables, graphs, photographs, and large-print text, and materials should be clearly readable from a distance of three feet (primary text font should be 20 points or larger, and headings font at least 30 points). Posters are assigned a session number and bulletin board number and are organized by keyword when possible. No audio visual equipment can be used.
When possible, the poster title should indicate the important result (e.g., lesions of frontal cortex disrupt divided attention) rather than the experimental question (e.g., frontal cortex and divided attention). A maximum of 15 presenters or authors may be included with the submission and included in the program.
Like all other presentations, poster presentations should represent completed work. Please do not submit a proposal if the data are still pending. Posters that discuss new scientific findings are especially encouraged. First-time submitters also are encouraged to seek feedback from professors or other mentors who are able to provide guidance regarding their presentation.
Posters will be scheduled into one of several poster sessions from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon.
To Submit a Poster — Enter the following information:
In addition to the general posters sessions, there are poster sessions corresponding to cross-cutting themed programs on Friday and Saturday. If you would like to have your poster considered for presentation in one of these focused sessions, select the corresponding theme program as your subject area when entering your poster submission.
This year’s cross-cutting theme programs are:
Posters not accepted into these specialized sessions will be automatically considered for the general poster sessions.
The Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) hosts an annual student poster session at the APS Annual Convention. A $200 award is given for the best student poster at this session. Submissions will be reviewed by SSCP members. If you would like to have your poster considered for the SSCP student poster session, select ‘SSCP Poster’ in the first step after you select poster and start new submission.
To be eligible to submit an SSCP poster, the first author of the poster must be a student and must be a member of SSCP at the time of submission. Submissions to the SSCP student poster session must be completed by January 31, 2016. You will also be contacted by email in April to submit a copy of the final version of your poster by May 10, 2016.
The SSCP poster submission can deal with any area within scientific clinical psychology (e.g., the etiology or correlates of psychopathology, assessment/diagnosis, clinical judgment, psychiatric classification, psychotherapy process or outcome, prevention, psychopharmacology). The research and analyses presented in the poster submission must be completed (i.e., submissions containing such language as “Data will be collected….” will not be considered). Please be sure to provide enough relevant detail in the summary so that reviewers can adequately judge the originality of the study, the soundness of the theoretical rationale and design, the quality of the analyses, the appropriateness of the conclusions, and so on.
If you have any questions please contactThomas M. Olino of SSCP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “SSCP Poster” in the Subject line to ensure your question is answered promptly.
The APS-STP Teaching Institute welcomes submissions to the Teaching Institute Poster Session. The format is the same as a regular poster, but submissions should be related to the teaching of psychology. This includes, but is not limited to, teaching techniques, innovations, evaluation, and philosophy. Posters should focus on methods for teaching psychology, such as particularly effective or innovative courses or course organizations, strategies (including demonstrations) for promoting active learning, ways of integrating course material, helpful use of technology, and the like.
Please note that if accepted to present a teaching poster, you must register for the Teaching Institute.
Sample poster configuration
The Teaching Institute Poster Session will be scheduled for late-morning on Thursday.
A free-standing bulletin board (4′ high x 8′ wide/1.2 m high x 2.4 m wide) will provide display space for presentations. The audience circulates among the posters, stopping to discuss papers of particular interest to them. Poster presentations should incorporate illustrative materials such as tables, graphs, photographs, and large-print text, and materials should be clearly readable from a distance of three feet (primary text font should be 20 points or larger, and headings font at least 30 points). No audio visual equipment can be used.
A maximum of 15 presenters or authors may be included with the submission and included in the program.
To Submit a Teaching Institute Poster — Enter the following information:
The APS Student Caucus sponsors two research award competitions for students each year at the convention: the Student Research Award and the RISE Research Award. All APS Student Affiliates are eligible to submit their research to be considered for the awards. Please visit the APSSC Awards page for information on the awards.