Eligibility of Individuals and Proposals

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Eligibility of Individuals & Proposals

We have simplified the number of roles to two: speaker and non-speaking contributor. In the past, these designations would have likely mapped onto the following roles:

  •   Speaker: Discussant, chair, co-chair, panelist, presenter
  •   Non-speaking contributor: All others (i.e., co-authors with no designated speaking role)

Each proposal in which a person is indicated as a speaker counts against that person’s Rule of Three total (see below).

SIOP welcomes participation in the call for proposals by all SIOP members as well as non-members.

At least ONE SIOP Member, Associate, Fellow, or Retired member must be a speaker (i.e., at least one non-Student member).
No contributor may be designated as a speaker in more than 3 total submissions, regardless of type.
At least TWO speakers must have different affiliations.
(except master tutorials)
The submitter must be a SIOP member of any type, including Student member.


Explanation of Rules:
  •    Live Supervision Rule: Submission in all session types other than posters requires at least one SIOP Member, Associate, Fellow, or Retired member as a speaker.  A poster may have all Student members, if desired.
  •   Rule of Three: An individual may be speaker in no more than three submissions, regardless of type. It is the responsibility of the submitter to ensure that those within that session have not agreed to be speakers in more than three proposed sessions. If you submit a session with any speakers that have violated the Rule of Three, your submission will be held out of peer review until the problem is resolved. If the problem cannot be resolved in a reasonable amount of time, the speaker in violation of the Rule of Three will be removed from all their sessions.
  •  Diversity of Affiliation Rule: Multi-presentation proposals must have speakers from at least two different affiliations. Although a single presentation within a multi-presentation proposal may have all authors from the same institution, the overall session must have speakers with at least two different affiliations. This requirement is not applicable to posters and master tutorials.  
  •  Ownership Rule: Non-SIOP members may not submit sessions and should partner with a SIOP member if they wish to propose a session. If you are sponsoring a non-SIOP member to be a speaker in your session, you should: 1) request that the non-member creates a SIOP account (this does not require them to become a member), 2) inform the non-member that they will need to pay the non-member registration fee to attend the conference, and 3) provide information on logistical aspects of the conference. If you are not a SIOP member and would like to propose a session, contact the SIOP staff at siop@siop.org to ask for a recommendation.
    •  Request that the non-member creates a SIOP account (this does not require them to become a member).
    •  Inform the non-member that they will need to pay the non-member registration fee to attend the conference.
    •  Provide information on logistical aspects of the conference.

If you are not a SIOP member and would like to propose a session, contact the SIOP staff at siop@siop.org to ask for a recommendation. 


All speakers are responsible for paying the conference registration fee, even if they only plan to attend their own session(s).
There are no substitutions of presenters or papers after submission.


Presenters agree to open distribution of session materials and access by other attendees.

Submission of a proposal is taken as agreement to allow individuals to cite your presented work in their future research. It is expected that presentation materials will be shared with attendees in Whova, SIOP’s virtual conference platform/app, and thus submitters should ensure that they have the legal right to present the material included in the submission. If permission must be obtained from your employer or study partners to allow the presentation of data or other information, such permission must be secured prior to submission. Individuals are permitted to withhold some content from Whova (e.g., individual slides with proprietary information), but most content from the session should be submitted for inclusion in Whova. SIOP cannot guarantee that other attendees will not share content from Whova with a broader audience, and submitters do not hold SIOP responsible for such sharing.


Submissions Not Permitted
  •   Previously published/presented work is not permitted. No previously published or presented works (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, books), including any works already accepted for publication (or contracted for publication), should be submitted. 
  •   Proposals under review for other meetings/conferences should not be submitted. A proposal should not be submitted for review simultaneously with review for any other international, national, regional, or state meeting.
  •   Proposals with a commercial intent and focus are not permitted. Presenters should be sensitive to the commercial nature of products and/or services discussed in the context of their sessions. Presentations that focus on the commercial intent of a product or service rather than on the science and practice of I-O psychology are not permitted. If you wish to promote a product or service, you may want to become a sponsor or exhibitor. Contact Susan Rogers from the SIOP staff (srogers@siop.org) for more information.  

Quick Questions & Answers

Q:  How does the LIVE SUPERVISION RULE change submission formats from previous years?
A:  You can still organize sessions the same way as you organized them in the past, but you have a few more options than before. The only rule is that at least one speaker must have a current SIOP non-student membership. The rest is up to your peer reviewers. For example, all the following structures of speakers meet the LIVE SUPERVISION RULE for a symposium:

1.  SIOP professional member as chair/host, all students presenting papers
2.  Student as chair/host, SIOP professional member as discussant, all students presenting papers
3.  Student as chair, two students presenting papers, one SIOP professional member presenting a paper

Q:  But my session still has a chair/discussant! Author order is important for one of my speaker’s tenure bid! How do I make sure people are recognized appropriately in program materials?
A:  As part of the submission process, you’ll be asked to submit an APA-style citation in which you can recognize anything you want to recognize. This citation will appear and be searchable in Whova as part of your session’s description.