In this section you will find detailed instructions on preparing and formatting your written proposal. Please review the contents of this section carefully. Submissions that do not follow the rules for submission, including word count, will be rejected and cannot be resubmitted after the deadline.

Summary of Proposal Document Elements for Each Submission Type

  Poster Symposium Debate Panel Discussion Master Tutorial Alternative Session IGNITE!
Title                                                        85 Characters (including spaces)
Shortened Title n/a           50 Characters (including spaces)
Abstract                                                        400 Characters (including spaces)
Press Paragraph                                                        800 Characters (including spaces)
Word Count Maximum of 3,000 words* 750 word summary; 1,000 words for each component paper* Minimum of 900 words and maximum of 3,000 words
Time Requested 50 Minutes Only 50 or 80 Minutes 50 Minutes Only
Should be Prepared for Blind Review  Yes No

*References, tables, and figures do not count toward the 3,000-word limit, but appendices do count toward the limit.

Basic Formatting Guidelines

All submissions, regardless of type or content, should have the same basic formatting:

  • 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.  

What to Include on the Title Page

All submission documents should begin with a title page that includes the submission type, title, shortened title, abstract, press paragraph and word count. Please review the title page template for information and recommendations for each of these elements. Some of the information overlaps with requirements in the online submission process, but please also include it on the title page of the submission document.

In the abstract, please describe the level of sophistication of the content for the intended audience. Consider using terms such as “introductory,” “intermediate,” or “advanced.”

Does Your Submission Include Reproducible Research or Multi-Disciplinary Content? SIOP encourages proposals that include Reproducible Research and/or Multi-Disciplinary content. Sessions that include reproducible research or multi-disciplinary content will be marked as such in the conference program. For a submission to have this designation, you must include an explanation in your proposal (500-character maximum; does not count toward total word limit) describing how your session qualifies based on the guidelines for reproducible research or guidelines for multi-disciplinary content. The explanation can be provided after the word count on the title page. All submission types are eligible for these designations.

What to Include in the Body of the Proposal Document

The full text of proposals varies based on submission type. Please be sure that your submission follows the guidelines based on type described below.

Debate. Please provide a description of 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. (Example Debate proposal document)

IGNITE! Please provide a brief overview of the focal topic and a short summary of each presentation, including biographical information for each presenter. If there are fewer presenters, submissions should include guiding questions for the facilitated audience discussion portion. (Example IGNITE! proposal document)

Panel Discussion. Please describe the structure or format of the session, the underlying issues or themes to be discussed, and some key questions that will either be addressed primarily by the panel or will be supplemented with additional questions generated by the audience.  (Example Panel Discussion proposal document)

Symposium. Please include a general introduction of the purpose/theme of the symposium, followed by summaries of each component paper detailing the presentation’s contribution, including a description of data and analyses where appropriate (with accompanying references, tables, and figures, as needed). If a discussant is included, a summary of the discussant’s comments is not needed at the time of submission. (Example Symposium proposal document)

Alternative Session Types. Please describe the focal topic or theme, the distinguishing and novel attributes of the new format and how they will benefit the audience, and provide a specific rationale for why and how the topic/theme is well aligned with this session type. Please clearly indicate in your description specifically what qualifies your submission as an alternative session.

In preparing your alternative session submission, you will need to consider which of the two alternative session submission formats is most appropriate. “Alternative Session Type with Presenters (No Authorship Order),” should be used in cases where there are no individual papers being presented and authorship is not meaningful (e.g., Open Fishbowl). The presenters will appear in the program in the way they appear for Panel Discussions. (Example Alternative Session Type With Presenters (No Authorship Order) proposal document) “Alternative Session Type with Multiple Papers” should be used in cases where there are multiple papers being presented and authorship order on each paper is meaningful (e.g., Research Incubator). The format of these types will resemble that of a Symposium in the printed program. (Example Alternative Session Type with Multiple Papersproposal document)

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.(Example Master Tutorial proposal document)

Posters. Proposals should consist of a complete paper prepared for blind review. Omit names that could identify the author(s), and please remove authors from the file properties (i.e., In Word files, go to "Properties" in the file menu, click on the summary tab, and delete any identifiers). Papers submitted for Poster presentation must represent completed work and should be prepared according to instructions provided in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition, with the exception of the title page and abstract formatting, which should follow SIOP’s rules detailed below. (Example Poster proposal document)


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