Poster Rules and Guidelines

Overview of 2021 Virtual Enhanced Posters

Poster presenters will have the opportunity to highlight aspects of their research in the Virtual Poster Showcase (VPS) May 26 – September 1, 2021.  Authors will create a PDF poster and can include an accompanying slideshow with audio. The slides will zoom in on various parts of the poster to guide viewers through the information.  Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with poster presenters via chat. Detailed information on the preparation of Poster PDFs and slideshows with audio will be shared with submitters in the coming months.

There are 3 types of poster submissions for the 2021 APS Virtual Convention:

  • Standard Poster: Standard Poster submissions must only report data collection and analysis that has been completed by the time the submission is finalized. Submissions that do not report collected data and analyses, or that do not have enough collected data or analysis to make an empirical claim, will not be accepted. Non-empirical research should not be submitted as a poster.
  • Research Proposal Poster: Research Proposal Posters should represent plans for a future empirical study. Data collection should not be complete. This is a chance to receive early feedback on your research study plan. Your submission should describe an empirical research study plan in detail including hypotheses, experimental design, plan for participant recruitment, procedure, plan for statistical analysis, and expected results.
  • Teaching Poster: Teaching posters should pertain to the teaching of psychological science. 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.

With any poster submission, you must explain the rationale, significance of results (or predicted results), and general principles. State whether the research is exploratory or confirmatory. It is not acceptable to say, “The results will be discussed.”

The poster submission is plain text only, but you should incorporate illustrative materials such as tables, graphs, photographs, large-print text, and materials in your final poster presentation.

Deadlines for Submission

All submissions must be finalized by March 1, 2021. Notifications of acceptance or rejection of poster submissions will be sent out on a rolling basis.

Review, Selection, and Notifications

  • Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee. Your poster will be matched with a reviewer based on the subject area.
  • Normally, APS does not accept submissions that discuss research that has been already presented elsewhere. Considering the disruptions and unique circumstances caused by COVID-19, research that has already accepted to other conferences will be considered for presentation at the 2021 APS Virtual Convention. Please list the name and dates of the conference where the submission has been accepted on the submission form and on your poster.
  • Review decision notifications will be sent to the first author and presenting author on each poster submission. These notifications will be sent on a rolling basis.
  • With all submission formats, including posters, the Program Committee retains the right to request additional information, ask that changes be made to improve a presentation, or decline 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.

Speaker and Submitter Responsibilities

  • The first author of a submission, whether or not this person is attending the Convention, must be an APS Member or APS Student Affiliate at the time of the presentation. Submitters do not need to be members to submit proposals or to have proposals reviewed. Please note that you must log in to your APS Member Profile or create an account in order to create a submission.
  • An individual may be a first author on only one poster proposal.
  • The presenting author must accept the speaker agreement if their submission is accepted for presentation. Information on how to do so will be included in your emailed acceptance notification.
  • The presenting author must register for the Convention. An early bird rate is available on the registration page until April 15, 2021.
  • 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 while submitting. After a submission has been finalized, all submission communication will be sent to the first and presenting author(s).
  • The commitment of all participants must be secured in advance of proposal submission.
  • The presenting author is responsible for sharing submission notifications and information with co-authors.

Program Participant Registration Policy

All program participants must register and pay the appropriate registration fee.  Early registrants receive a discounted rate before the Early Bird deadline at midnight (Latest Time Zone on Earth) on April 15, 2021.

Submission Guidelines

APS seeks presentations showcasing the latest findings in psychological science. Below are some guidelines that can assist in the preparation of submissions.

To submit a poster you’ll need to enter the following information:

  • Submitter information: When you begin your poster submission you’ll be prompted to log in to your APS Member Profile or create an account. Although membership is not required to submit your research, you must create an APS Profile. Once you log in or create your account, you’ll be automatically redirected to complete your submission.
  • Poster title: The title should be succinct and when possible, the title should indicate the important result, rather than the experimental question. Please use Title Case – e.g., Meaning in Time: We Consider Our Lives Insignificant When Viewed from the Future.
  • Poster type: Standard Poster, Research Proposal Poster, or Teaching Poster
  • Abstract: A brief, high-level overview of the research that will be presented; describes the findings (50-word maximum).
  • Subject area: Related area of research; used to match the proposal with the best-suited reviewer. Secondary subject area may also be selected.
    • Subject areas: Behavioral Economics, Behavioral Genetics, Biological Psychology, Clinical Science, Cognitive Psychology, Consumer Behavior, Cultural Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Diversity Science, Epigenetics, Experimental Psychology, Human Factors, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Linguistics, Methodology, Neuroscience, Sensation and Perception, Personality/Emotion Psychology, Political Psychology, Social Psychology, Other
  • Keyword: Select the keyword that best represents the poster (limit 1).
  • Supporting summary: Provides a more in-depth overview of the completed work. and includes the following: the background/theory tested, the methods used, a summary of the major findings, and the implications for the work on the field as whole.  (500-word maximum, plain-text format).
    • Standard Poster submissions should and include the background/theory tested, the methods used, a summary of the major findings, and the implications for the work on the field as whole.  You must clearly state that data collection is from an empirical study and is complete.
    • Research Proposal posters should include hypotheses, experimental design, plan for participant recruitment, procedure, plan for statistical analysis, and expected results.
    • References are optional (words will count towards the 500-word maximum).
    • Emphasize the rationale, significance of results (or projected results), and general principles of the research. State whether the study is exploratory or confirmatory. It is not acceptable to say, “The results will be discussed.”
  • Author Information: University or business affiliation, individual e-mail address and highest degree earned must be included for all presenters/co-authors. Maximum of 15 co-authors may be included.
    • An individual may be a first author on only one poster proposal.
    • The first author is the person who contributed the most or led the research study and should be listed first (even if first author is not attending the Convention). The first author of a submission, whether or not this person is attending the Convention, must be an APS Member or APS Student Affiliate at the time of the presentation.
    • The presenting author is the person who will create the enhanced poster presentation. The presenting author must register for the Convention.