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Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

45th Annual Convention

Call for Papers Handbook


A printable PDF version of this handbook is available here.


The Association for Behavior Analysis International values diversity of all kinds in the composition of the convention program. We encourage submissions by presenters from diverse groups that have traditionally been under-represented in the ABAI program and in behavioral research. In addition, presenters organizing symposia and panel discussions are encouraged to make efforts to include presenters from diverse and traditionally under-represented groups. It is anticipated that enhancing the diversity of the ABAI convention program will not only make the program more equitable but also enhance the variety of perspectives represented, thereby enriching the convention program overall.


New in 2019


Social Networking Business Meetings

We encourage a broad array of social groups in the ABAI community to schedule business meetings as a way to gather together at the ABAI convention. We are especially interested in social networks that can build broader diversity in the ABAI community.


Practice Area

The Practice area will now be invitation only; poster, paper, panel, and symposium submissions will no longer be open to members. Instead, six tutorials of 50 or 110 minutes each will be solicited by the Practice Board coordinator. These presentations will not count toward the limit on oral presentations. The track will still also have one invited paper, one B. F. Skinner lecture, and a Don Baer lecture, as in the past.


Workshop Submission Changes

The following changes will be implemented for 2019 to decrease the number of workshop cancellations for low registration and to decrease the likelihood that two workshops on similar topics will run at the same time:

  • AUT, CBM, DDA, EDC, and TBA:
    • These areas will have a list of approved topics under which workshops may be submitted. These topics will be chosen by the Program Committee after careful review of workshops from previous years (including number of attendees and evaluation results).
    • Presenters in these areas who wish to submit workshops outside the approved topics will be asked to provide a rationale during the submission process.
    • These areas will not be required to select a topic or provide a rationale.

Additional details and submission requirements can be found here.


Thematic Sessions

The Program Board has developed two thematic sessions of 4 hours each; “creativity” and “choice” are the themes for 2019. These themed sessions will be highlighted in the program.


Conduct Assurance

All submitters will be asked to agree to the following statement: “All presenters at ABAI events are expected to abide by ABAI’s Ethics and Diversity policies. Discriminatory and derogatory language will not be tolerated in presentations at ABAI events.”


Book Recommendations and Author Signings

ABAI appreciates recommendations of essential or new texts in behavior analysis to carry in the bookstore. This year, in addition to the standard information, the track/area of the text is required during submission.


The book recommendation form has been updated to include information about author signings. If you are the author of the recommended book, and would like to participate in author signing event, you will be asked to provide additional information.




Poster Sessions

There will be three 2-hour poster session from 1:00 pm–3:00 pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.


Business Meetings

Business meetings will be from 7:00 pm–7:50 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. There will be no morning business meetings, except for a few closed meetings; the Program Committee meeting; and the ABAI Business Meeting, scheduled on Monday at 7:00 am.


Membership and Registration Requirements

Submissions will only be eligible for presentation once all presenting authors, chairs, discussants, and panelists have become current (2018–2019) members of ABAI and registered for the 2019 annual convention.


At the final step of the submission process, you will be informed of the membership status of all relevant submission participants; please remind participants who are not current members to complete their membership application before the call for papers deadline.


Failure to become a member, register for the convention, or make a scheduled presentation could result in the denial of submission privileges for the following convention year.


Submission and Presentation Language

All submissions and presentations must be made in English.


SABA Senior Student Presenter Grant Application Deadline

To be considered for a SABA Senior Student Presenter Grant, all submissions must be made by the close of call for papers on October 31, 2018, including posters.


Modifed by Eddie Soh