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How to Submit Your Proposal

The submission process is entirely online. Please do not send any additional materials (hard copy, CD, etc.) to the Administrative Office. Please follow the steps below to submit each proposal.

SIOP username & password: You will need your SIOP username and password to submit a proposal. If you need your username and password, go to the submission login site and request that the information be e-mailed to you at the e-mail address in the SIOP database. Contact the Administrative Office at SIOP@siop.org if you need to update your e-mail address or if you need help. 

Updating saved SIOP profiles.  It is the responsibility of the individual submitting the session to ensure that participants (with the exception of SIOP nonmembers) within that session verify or update their SIOP profile affiliation and contact information on file well in advance of the submission date.  Updating participant information in advance helps ensure a streamlined experience when the submitter is ready to finalize the submission.  SIOP membership information can be updated by logging in at www.siop.org and editing the profile in the my.SIOP member community. Please do not create a new (duplicate) profile simply to update profile information.

Online submission availability: We expect that access to our online proposal submission site will be available when you receive this Call for Proposals.  Submitters may go back and edit their submission by entering the submission site and selecting an existing, nonsubmitted submission at any time until the deadline, at which point changes will no longer be possible. Once you click “Submit Presentation” for your submission, it cannot be edited further.  Traffic on this site is extremely heavy close to the deadline, so it is possible that you will not be able to access the site as the deadline approaches or that your processing time will be very slow; please plan accordingly.  The site will automatically shut down at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 13th, 2017.  Therefore your submission must be completed by that time.

Online Submission Elements

Please note that if your proposal is accepted, the information you provide during the online submission process is used to populate the program.  Be certain to enter accurate and up-to-date information. Note: most of the information included in the online form is also required in the Submission Document (see session types above for information required in the submission document).  

Proposal Title
85-character title (maximum, including spaces) for your proposed session

Shortened Title
50-character shortened title (maximum, including spaces) for the proposed session to be used in grid version of program

Content Areas

Placing your submission into primary and secondary content areas helps to ensure it is evaluated by a reviewer with specific content expertise. The content areas you choose are also used to schedule sessions to minimize overlap with sessions of similar topics occurring at the same time within the program. We recognize that this list is not exhaustive. There is no “other” category. Choose the best fit. 

  • Careers/Mentoring/Socialization/Onboarding/Retirement
  • Coaching/Leadership Development
  • Consulting Practices/Ethical Issues
  • Counterproductive Behavior/Workplace Deviance
  • Emotions/Emotional Labor
  • Employee Withdrawal (e.g., absence, turnover)/Retention
  • Global/International/Cross-Cultural Issues
  • Groups/Teams
  • Human Factors/Ergonomics
  • Inclusion/Diversity (e.g., sexual orientation, race, gender)
  • Innovation/Creativity
  • Job Analysis/Job Design/Competency Modeling
  • Job Attitudes/Engagement
  • Job Performance/Citizenship Behavior
  • Judgment/Decision Making
  • Leadership
  • Legal Issues/Employment Law
  • Measurement/Statistical Techniques
  • Motivation/Rewards/Compensation
  • Occupational Health/Safety/Stress & Strain/Aging
  • Organizational Culture/Climate
  • Organizational Justice
  • Organizational Performance/Change/ Downsizing/Organizational Development
  • Performance Appraisal/Feedback/Performance Management
  • Personality
  • Pro-Social (e.g., humanitarian work psychology, corporate social responsibility, sustainable development) 
  • Research Methodology (e.g., surveys)
  • Staffing (e.g., recruitment, applicant reactions, selection system design, succession planning, workforce planning)
  • Strategic Human Resources/Utility/Changing Role of Human Resources
  • Teaching I-O Psychology/Student Affiliate Issues/Professional Development in I-O Psychology (i.e., career topics specific to I-O psychology)
  • Technology (e.g., gamification, social media, simulations)
  • Testing/Assessment (e.g., selection methods, validation, predictors)
  • Training
  • Work and Family/Non-Work Life/Leisure

Suggested Reviewer Profile
When entering your submission, you will indicate whether the content of your submission seems most relevant for practitioners, academics, or a mixed audience. This designation is important as it will guide the composition of the assigned reviewers; however, it will NOT impact your likelihood of acceptance.

Abstracts for all accepted sessions will be published in the conference program. Abstracts must be 400 characters or less.


This study was conducted to clarify the meaning of computational self-awareness (mathematical discrepancy between self- and other-ratings) in multisource feedback.  Through the application of Item Response Theory (IRT), the relationship between observed and latent performance domains on a 360Ëš assessment was compared for high versus low computationally self-aware individuals.

Press Paragraph  
When you provide clearly written, easily accessible overviews of your work that can be used to publicize accepted proposals to members of the media, you contribute greatly to SIOP’s ability to inform and influence broader audiences. Please describe in no more than 800 characters the session in simple, nontechnical, and compelling terms that highlight the relevance and implications of your research. The best press paragraphs are written independently for this purpose; please do not copy the abstract for use as a press paragraph.


Research on work meetings illustrates the importance of meetings in organizations.  The purpose of this symposium is to go inside workplace meetings and investigate previously understudied processes in this workplace phenomenon and connect the findings to practices around work meetings.  Specifically, the papers examine how organizational support and counterproductive behavior impact meeting effectiveness, emotional labor in meetings, and how shared emotion in meetings promotes creative behavior.  The papers provide practical advice for managers on ways to improve meeting effectiveness.  The discussants will critically analyze the papers and provide contrasting perspectives highlighting the science and practice of work meetings.

Social Media Statement
SIOP would like to promote your annual conference session via social media. The goal is to more easily and widely share conference content to help increase visibility of your research, the conference, and SIOP more generally. In 15 or fewer words, please describe your submission in the space provided, including any appropriate hashtags and social media handles (see following examples). Consider using a curiosity-inducing question or statement t build audience interest in your session. Before sharing the post via social media, SIOP will add a link to your session and the conference hashtag (#SIOP17). Examples of effective Social Media Statements:

  • Learn how to innovate through biz experiments #innovation @trpoeppelman
  • Learn the Do’s, Don’ts, and How-To’s of Big Data in the workplace! #bigdata @evansinar
  • What are pros and cons of different types of #HR scientific information? Why use them?

Special Requests
Please indicate any special requests (e.g., scheduling, presentation needs such as a flip chart, special video hookups or audio connections). Special requests can only be considered if made at the time you submit your proposal and are subject to logistical and financial considerations.  For Alternative Session Types only, please be sure to indicate in the special requests check box if a round table room set up is required.

Number of Authors/Participants
You must list ALL authors, including yourself if applicable, regardless of whether they will be presenting at the session or not.  The number of authors/participants that you give will be used to create the participant list and the conference program.  Please note that the list of presenters cannot be changed in the online or printed programs after the session has been accepted. We strongly advise that you ask all session participants to verify their information in the SIOP database prior to submission to ensure accuracy.

Amount of Time Requested
All Poster Sessions are 50 minutes. All Master Tutorials are 80 minutes. Other formats can be either 50 or 80 minutes. We are striving for a larger proportion of 50-minute sessions; please consider the 50-minute length when appropriate. Recommended compositions for different session lengths are listed below.

50-minute session

  • Symposium with three presenters and one discussant
  • Symposium with four presenters and no discussant
  • Debate with two or three presenters
  • All Posters
  • All other session types except for Master Tutorials can be structured to fit a 50-minute length

80-minute session

  • Symposium with four presenters and one discussant
  • Symposium with five presenters and no discussant
  • Debate with four or more presenters
  • All Master Tutorials
  • All other session types except for Posters can be structured to fit an 80-minute length

Character Count
New this year, note that titles, abstracts, press paragraphs, etc. now have a CHARACTER rather than word limit. The limits are inclusive of spaces. The limits are as follows:

Title: 85 characters
Shortened title: 50 characters
Abstract: 400 characters
Press paragraph: 800 characters

Word Count
Please note you are required to calculate and provide within your submitted document the word count of your submission using the applicable guidelines within each session type description. For Symposium submissions, please include the total word count summing across the general summary and the individual presentation summaries (excluding references, tables, or figures). Failing to abide by the word count requirements will preclude review of the submission.

Diversity of Affiliation (relevant for Debate, Symposium, Panel Discussion, and Alternative Session Type submissions only)
Although individual presentations within a multi-presenter session may have all authors from the same institution, the overall session must contain presenters from at least two different affiliations so that sessions are not viewed as “advertisements” for products or research programs from a single company or academic program.  The program is intended to be science based rather than commercially oriented, to represent a diverse set of perspectives, and to be inclusive for all participants.  When submitting, you will be asked to confirm that you have conformed to this requirement and that you recognize that not doing so means your submission will not be reviewed.

Confirmation of Presentation Commitment
Submitters will be asked to confirm that all presenters (e.g., first authors, panelists, discussants, chairs) have committed to present in person should the session be accepted, and that they have considered travel logistics and expenses associated with attending the 2018 SIOP conference. You are also asked to confirm your understanding thatthere can be NO SUBSTITUTIONS of presenters or papers after submission, and you will be asked to confirm that, where applicable, participants listed as first authors will be those who present the paper or poster.

Legal Right to Present Submitted Material
You will be asked to confirm that all presenters (e.g., first authors, discussants, chairs) in the proposed session have indicated that they have the legal right to present and distribute all information included in the submission (e.g., that any materials included in the proposal can be presented and distributed at the conference).

Human Resources Continuing Education (CE) Credits
Submitters are given the option to have their submissions considered for HR Certification Institute recertification credits (for PHR/SPHR/GPHR certifications).  There are a handful of requirements for submission eligibility, most importantly that the program directly tie into one or more items in the PHR/SPHR Body of Knowledge.  If your submission is a Symposium or a Master Tutorial (no other submission formats are eligible for this opportunity) and it is HR related, please select this checkbox when prompted during the online submission process.  Participation in this opportunity will not influence any acceptance decisions.

The Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Award
Submitters are given the option to have their submission considered for the LGBT award, which is presented in recognition of a poster or symposium paper that represents an outstanding example of scholarship addressing issues faced by LGBT individuals in the workplace.  If your submission fits these criteria and you would like to be considered for the award, please select the appropriate checkbox when prompted during the online submission process.  Participation in this opportunity will not influence any acceptance decisions.

Required Submission Document Format
During the submission process, you will need to upload your entire submission. The document you submit must conform to the following format: 

  • 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman type, Word document (.doc or .docx)
  • Do not use special margins or fonts, tab stops, or soft carriage returns
  • Except where indicated, do not use all capital letters.  It is very important to prepare this document exactly as stated below.

Your file should contain the following information (in order):

  1. Type of proposed session (Debate, Symposium, Poster, Alternative Session Type, etc.) typed on the first line
  2. The word TITLE on the second line (no more than 85 characters)
  3. The title of the proposed session on the third line
  4. A blank line
  5. The word SHORTENED TITLE on the fifth line
  6. The 50-character shortened title (maximum, including spaces) on the sixth line
  7. A blank line
  8. The word ABSTRACT on the eighth line
  9. The abstract on the following lines (no more than 400 characters)
  10. A blank line
  11. The words PRESS PARAGRAPH on the new line
  12. The press paragraph on the following lines (no more than 800 characters)
  13. The words WORD COUNT on the new line
  14. The session’s numerical word count (see above for information about word count specifications by session type) on the new line, in XXXX format and without commas or other punctuation (e.g., 1624)
  15. Several blank lines or a new page
  16. The full text of the proposal, including tables, figures, and references as needed.
  17. If you are submitting a Master Tutorial, include learning objectives, a 100-word biography for each presenter, and a statement about requisite knowledge for the intended audience (see Master Tutorial instructions for more detail).
  18. If you are submitting a proposal for Reproducible Research or Multidisciplinary Sessions, include a 500 word maximum statement that abides by the guidelines indicated in the sections that outline those proposals.

Blind review for posters.  If your submission is a Poster, omit names that could identify the author(s).  Also, please go to Properties in the File menu, click on the Summary tab, and delete any identifiers. All other submissions are NOT blind reviewed. 

Participant List
During the submission process, you will be asked to use the search function to identify all participants and their roles in your proposed session.  If you are the submitter, you must still add your name into the system as an author on the paper because you are not automatically added as such.  Before submitting, please ensure that all authors/presenters have updated their SIOP profiles so that accurate information will be added when you select their name from the database.  In the case of non-SIOP members, ensure you have the following information for each participant to manually input:

  • Full name, title, and current affiliation
  • Complete mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address

You will also need to identify the order of authors, and designate presenters, chairs, and discussants.

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