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2014 Proposal Format Requirements & Session Types

The SIOP program has several different session types, each with a specific format and set of requirements.  Please review and select among the various format options carefully, as not all topics are well-matched to all session types.  Please note that standalone presentations are not automatically grouped and assigned to sessions but rather, must be grouped by the session chair into a thematically-integrated session at the time of submission.  Individual presentations can also be submitted as Posters. 

For all session types except for posters, SIOP provides an LCD projector, screen, and microphones (2 table, 1 podium, and 1 wired lavaliere microphone).  Overhead projectors are not provided.  Please note that in order to use the LCD projector you are required to bring your own laptop.

SESSION TYPES

Debate.  Debates are an engaging way to present opposing views about a topic.  Generally, a debate includes a moderator and presenters to represent each side of a controversial topic.  The debate may consist of the moderator stating a proposition, one side presenting affirming arguments, and the other side presenting dissenting arguments.  Alternatively, the moderator may pose pointed questions whereby each debater shares his or her conflicting views on the topic.  Time for rebuttal and audience questions can be incorporated.  When submitting a debate proposal, please describe the topic to be debated, the participant composition and format of the debate, the major points likely to be argued by each side or the questions that will be posed to them, and the debaters’ expertise related to the focal topic.  Please refer to the How to Submit Your Proposal section for guidance about Diversity of Affiliation requirements.

Debate Submission Requirements

  • 10-word title
  • 50-word abstract
  • 100-word press paragraph (see updated press paragraph guidelines in the How to Submit Your Proposal section)
  • A summary with a minimum of 900 words and a maximum of 3,000 words (excluding references) that describes the session in enough detail so reviewers can evaluate it effectively
  • Does not need to be prepared for blind review

(Click HERE for an example of a Debate submission)

Symposium/Forum.  A Symposium/Forum is a multi-presenter session including a well-integrated set of research, practice, theory, or teaching-oriented content.  Participants in a Symposium/Forum should include a chairperson and three to five presenters (five only if no discussant is included).  A Symposium/Forum often includes discussants, but it does not have to do so.  The audience can also play the role of discussant while the chair facilitates the discussion.  Audience interaction is a desired feature for SIOP sessions; please allow sufficient time accordingly.  Although individual presentations within a Symposium/Forum may have all authors from the same institution, across the entire session the Diversity of Affiliation requirement applies; please refer to the How to Submit Your Proposal section for guidance about this requirement. 

Symposium/Forum Submission Requirements:

  • 10-word title (please note that this applies to all individual presentations within the session as well as to the overall session title)
  • 50-word abstract
  • 100-word press paragraph (see updated press paragraph guidelines in the How to Submit Your Proposal section)
  • 750-word (excluding references) general summary
  • 1000-word summary (excluding references) for each component paper detailing the presentation’s contribution, including a description of data and analyses where appropriate
  • Includes 3 to 5 presentations (excluding discussant or interaction with audience; if 5 presentations cannot have a discussant)
  • May include one or more discussants but is not required (note: discussants cannot discuss their own papers)
  • If a discussant is included, a summary of the discussant’s comments is not needed
  • Does not need to be prepared for blind review

(Click HERE for an example of a Symposium/Forum submission)

Roundtable/Conversation Hour.  The typical approach for this session type is to have one or two experts on a focal scientific or practical I-O topic serve as hosts.  Members of the audience are typically seated in a circle to facilitate their active participation in the discussion with the hosts and with each other.  This session type is well-suited to helping attendees with problems they are currently facing, discussing the latest developments in an area, and/or facilitating network development among people with similar interests.  Proposals for roundtables/conversation hours should provide a focal topic, describe why it is appropriate for this session type, list one or two committed experts to serve as hosts, and provide background information about the expertise of each host on the focal topic.  Although the expert(s) may wish to make a short presentation to begin the session, the majority of time should be devoted to answering questions from the audience and/or promoting discussion and networking.

Roundtable/Conversation Hour Submission Requirements:

  • 10-word title
  • 50-word abstract
  • 100-word press paragraph (see updated press paragraph guidelines in the How to Submit Your Proposal section)
  • A summary with a minimum of 900 words to a maximum of 3,000 words (excluding references) that describes the session in enough detail so reviewers can evaluate it effectively
  • In general, the summary should specify the purpose(s) of the session, the focal I-O topic under consideration, and the expertise of the host(s) on the focal topic
  • Does not need to be prepared for blind review

(Click HERE for an example of a Roundtable/Conversation Hour submission

Master Tutorial.  The primary purpose of the Master Tutorial is to develop and educate the audience about a focal I-O topic.  As examples, tutorials might be developed to provide an update on a specified content area, discuss a new statistical technique, or describe how knowledge from another discipline can be applied to an I-O problem or topic.  Topics that are not appropriate include descriptions of commercial products that the presenter is marketing.  Proposals for tutorials should describe the specific content to be taught in the tutorial and indicate whether the coverage of the material will be basic or advanced.  If appropriate and in accordance with APA requirements, as a service to our members, continuing education credit (CE credit) will be offered for participation in these sessions.  For this reason, all Master Tutorials must be 80 minutes long.  In addition, to facilitate this process, all submissions for Master Tutorials must include 3-4 learning objectives (for guidelines, see the APA Learning Objective Guidelines) and curricula vitae for all presenters.

Master Tutorial Submission Requirements

  • 10-word title
  • 50-word abstract
  • 100-word press paragraph (see updated press paragraph guidelines in the How to Submit Your Proposal section)
  • A summary with a minimum of 900 words to a maximum of 3,000 words (excluding references & vitae) that describes the session in enough detail so reviewers can evaluate it effectively
  • The summary should include the learning objectives for the session and the curricula vitae of the presenters
  • Does not need to be prepared for blind review

(Click HERE for an example of a Master Tutorial submission)

Panel Discussion.  In a Panel Discussion, the chairperson plays a very active role, serving as the moderator who asks questions of the panelists and ensures that all panelists (generally three to five people) have the opportunity to speak.  Panel Discussions should generate spontaneous interaction among panelists and between panelists and the audience.  Diversity among panelists is important to the success of the session.  Further, all panelists must recognize the need for advance preparation.  A Panel Discussion proposal should describe the questions that will be addressed by the panel, the underlying issues or themes to be discussed, and the structure or format of the session.  Please refer to the How to Submit Your Proposal section for guidance about applicable Diversity of Affiliation requirements.

Panel Discussion Submission Requirements

  • 10-word title
  • 50-word abstract
  • 100-word press paragraph (see updated press paragraph guidelines in the How to Submit Your Proposal section)
  • A summary with a minimum of 900 words to a maximum of 3,000 words (excluding references) that describes the session in enough detail so reviewers can evaluate it effectively
  • Does not need to be prepared for blind review

(Click HERE for an example of a Panel Discussion submission)

Poster.  Several poster sessions will be organized to give participants opportunities to present individual papers.  Poster sessions will be 50 minutes long.  At each poster session, many authors simultaneously present their papers, primarily in a visual medium, with key excerpts from the papers displayed on large boards (8’ x 4’).  The audience circulates among posters and stops to discuss papers of particular interest with the authors.  Papers submitted for poster presentation must represent completed work and be prepared according to instructions provided in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition.  Please note that non-empirical submissions advancing theoretical propositions ARE permitted.  No audiovisual equipment or electricity will be available for Poster Sessions.

The Flanagan Award is also associated with poster submissions:

The John C. Flanagan Award for Best Student Presentation at the SIOP ConferenceThe John C. Flanagan Award was established to recognize the best student contribution at the SIOP conference.  Poster submissions whose first author is a student are automatically considered for the Flanagan award.  To qualify for the Flanagan Award, a student must, at the time of the paper’s submission, (a) have a paid Student Affiliate membership in SIOP, (b) be enrolled in a PhD program, and (c) be the first author of the paper submitted.  In the case of multiple authors, order of authorship should reflect the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved (see Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition).

Poster Format Submission Requirements:

  • 50-word abstract
  • 100-word press paragraph (see updated press paragraph guidelines in the How to Submit Your Proposal section)
  • A complete paper with a maximum of 3,000 words
  • References, tables, and figures do not count toward the 3,000 word limit, but appendices do count toward the limit
  • This format must be prepared for blind review.  Omit names that could identify the author(s).  Also, go to "Properties" in the file menu, click on the summary tab, and delete any identifiers.

(Click HERE for an example of a Poster submission)

Alternative Session Type.  The Program Committee is actively seeking proposals for innovative session types contributing to a program that is informative and invigorating, and additionally, that exposes the audience to new ways of disseminating, connecting with, and learning about key topics.  We are instituting this new session type to encourage such submissions; it would apply to any submission falling outside the types above due to novelty in format or style.  There are two important stipulations for this session type: first, it must fit either a 50 or an 80-minute session length; and second, it must utilize a standard theater-style room layout (podium/screen at the front of the room and rows of chairs for the audience).  For logistical reasons variations in session length and/or room layouts can unfortunately not be accommodated. 

One example of an emerging session type that would now be submitted within the Alternative Session Type designation is Ignite (see the Ignite site and an excellent TIP article from a SIOP Ignite veteran for additional background).  Ignite sessions are meant to generate new thinking, new emotions, and new attitudes on a topic – and not to just be a forum for knowledge-sharing.  Successful Ignite presentations are often highly visual and involve personal opinions and perspectives; literature or research summaries, or text/number-heavy transfers of information, translate less well to this format.

While Ignite has been a very positively-received Alternative Session Type in recent years, we also seek other alternative formats as well. We look forward to submitters’ ideas for memorable, unique, and compelling session types that will be enlightening and absorbing for the SIOP 2014 audience.  Proposals for Alternative Session Types should detail the focal topic or theme, the distinguishing and novel attributes of the new format and how they will benefit the audience, and a specific rationale for why and how the topic/theme is well-aligned with this session type.  For multi-presenter sessions, Diversity of Affiliation requirements apply; please see the How to Submit Your Proposal section for additional details.

When submitting any Alternative Session Type, please give careful consideration to the fact that many alternative formats can be quite challenging for presenters unaccustomed to the format and as such, involve substantial planning and coordination amongst presenters and the session chair, often well beyond a traditional format.  We strongly encourage extensive presenter practice to ensure a smooth-running and well-received session.  Since these formats will often be new to the audience as well, please plan an introduction that ensures they too have the information they need to effectively contextualize, engage with, and learn from the session type.

Alternative Session Type Submission Requirements

  • 10-word title
  • 50-word abstract
  • 100-word press paragraph (see updated press paragraph guidelines in the How to Submit Your Proposal section)
  • A summary with a minimum of 900 words to a maximum of 3,000 words (excluding references) that describes the session in enough detail so reviewers can evaluate it effectively
  • Does not need to be prepared for blind review

(Click HERE for an example of an Alternative Session Type submission)

 

How to Submit Your Proposal

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