Call for Papers Handbook
Paper Submission Guidelines
Paper submissions are individual presentations, usually concerned with conceptual, historical, or methodological issues. A paper submission may report empirical research that would be too complex for effective presentation in a poster (e.g., an integrated series of experiments). All data-based and single-study paper submissions that do not fit this criteria will be rejected or reassigned as posters. Papers in the basic or applied research domains require a data attachment.
Papers will be grouped into sessions by area coordinators and a chair will be assigned to the session from among the papers’ presenting authors. Fifty-minute paper sessions are comprised of two papers and a chair; 110-minute paper sessions are comprised of four papers and a chair.
ABAI prefers and requests that all submissions be made through the ABAI portal. The following information is required in order to make a complete submission:
Please use title case when entering the title (e.g., Clinical Applications of Behavior Analysis: A Two-Part Study), not all lowercase or all capital letters. Please limit titles to 15 words (200 characters). Please spell out all acronyms. No ending punctuation or quotation marks around the title are necessary.
Select the most appropriate program area for your submission as the primary area; this information will help to avoid scheduling conflicts. A secondary area also may be selected as additional information.
Complete descriptions of the program areas can be found here.
AAB: Applied Animal Behavior
BPN: Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuroscience
CBM: Clinical/Family/Behavioral Medicine
CSS: Community, Social, and Sustainability Issues
DDA: Developmental Disabilities
DEV: Behavioral Development
EAB: Experimental Analysis of Behavior
OBM: Organizational Behavior Management
PCH: Philosophical, Conceptual, and Historical Issues
TBA: Teaching Behavior Analysis
VRB: Verbal Behavior
Categorize each submission as basic research, applied research, service delivery, or theory, as defined here. Designating a domain for each submission allows conference attendees to make informed decisions about which presentations to attend.
The abstract must follow American Psychological Association style guidelines and be no fewer than 150 words or more than 200 words. Abstracts should begin with a sentence stating why the topic is important and end with the general conclusion, relevance, or potential impact. All acronyms must be spelled out at first mention.
The abstract for a data-based presentation also must include (1) an overview of the types of participants, (2) an overview of the types of procedures, and (3) a statement of what the data showed, with what degree of confidence.
Please include up to four keywords (single words or two-word phrases) with each submission. Keywords should be as specific as possible (e.g., "reinforcement" or "autism" would be too general; "CPT," "insurance," or "telehealth" would be acceptable). Along with the domains, keywords will allow conference attendees to search for topics most relevant to them.
Funding and Conflict of Interest
Submissions must include a description of the type of funding received for this submission (e.g., NIH or other research grants).
Conflict of Interest Notice (Required)
Submissions must include a declaration and identification of any potential conflict of interest (e.g., commercial support interest for sponsors, instructors, content of instruction, or any other relationship that could reasonably be construed as a conflict of interest). Please answer "N/A" if no conflict of interest exists.
Supporting Graph or Table
Data-based submissions must include a graphic or tabular summary of obtained data. Data-based submissions without a supporting graph or table will be rejected. The data does not need to be complete at the time of submission, but the abstract and graph/table must establish that the project is well under way. Graphs and tables submitted must be of professional quality and formatted according to APA Style. Attachments must be in PDF format and are limited to a single page. To avoid upload errors, limit PDF file size to 1 MB.
Note: Submissions in the basic research or applied research domains must include data attachments. Submissions in the service delivery or theory domains may include data attachments if appropriate.
In the online submission form, you will be asked, "Is this a data-based presentation?" If you select "yes," the form will require you to upload a PDF before proceeding.
Presenting Author, Author
A presenting author is required for every paper submission. Seven additional authors may be added, for a total of eight authors per submission. A detailed explanation of all roles can be found here.
You will be asked to add an individual by searching for a contact. You must provide a last name and full or partial email address.
If the contact you search for is not found, you can add a new contact. The following information is required:
- Affiliation (if including more than one affiliation, separate with a semi-colon [e.g., Affiliation One; Affiliation Two])
- Valid email address (all correspondence will be sent to this address)
Please do not add a new contact if the displayed email or affiliation is out of date. After completing your submission, please contact ABAI (email@example.com) with the submission ID number and the corrected information for your contact. This ensures that there will not be multiple contact records for the same person.
SABA Senior Student Presenter Grant Application (Optional)
The Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) will distribute donations from the SABA Senior Student Presenter Grant fund to qualified student applicants who complete submissions before October 26, 2016.
To qualify for a SABA Senior Student Presenter Grant, the applicant must meet all of the following criteria:
- The student must be a verified 2017 student member of ABAI by October 26, 2016.
- The student's submission, including poster submissions, must be completed by October 26, 2016.
- The student must be the first (senior) author as well as the presenting author of the submission (poster, paper, panel, or symposium).
- The proposal must be accepted for presentation at the 2017 ABAI Annual Convention.
To apply for a Senior Student Presenter Grant, check the box that says, "Yes, please consider this contact for the SABA Senior Student Presenter Grant," or type this statement if not submitting via the portal.
Agreement to Serve as a Paper Session Chair
Accepted papers will be grouped into sessions by area coordinators. One of the presenting authors will be assigned the role of “Paper Session Chair.” Please answer the question, “If my submission is accepted, I agree to chair the assembled paper session.” “Yes, I am willing to chair,” or “No, I do not wish to chair.”
Agreement to Serve as a Poster Discussant
Presenting authors are invited to serve as poster discussants in their areas of expertise. Poster discussants will be assigned a specific set of posters to visit and review. Discussants will attend their designated poster sessions, interact with presenters, and ask questions about the studies they review.
In the online submission form, check the box if you agree to serve as a poster discussant; for emailed submissions type the following statement: "Yes, I am willing to serve as a poster discussant."
Recommend a Book (Optional)
If you would like to recommend a must-have book for behavior analysts, please provide the following information:
- Authors as they are listed on the cover/title page
- Year of publication
- ISBN (if known)
While we appreciate and welcome all recommendations, be aware that recommending a book does not guarantee it will be sold in the ABAI bookstore. Books will be reviewed and approved by the Program Board, and the ABAI office will check availability.
Data Assurance, Presentation Assurance, Photography Release, Confirmation of Submission Received
Your completed submission is verification that you have permission to present the data and information in the submission. If submitting via email, type the following statement: "In making this submission, I affirm that the presenters in this event have been authorized to present the content and data and that the correct authors have been credited for the work presented."
Your submission is acceptance of responsibility. If your submission is accepted, you guarantee that the presenting author (and chair, discussant, or panelist, as appropriate) will have current ABAI membership status, register for and attend the convention and deliver the presentation, as scheduled by the Program Board. Please note: Presenters who fail to deliver an accepted and scheduled presentation will not be permitted to present the following year. If submitting via email, type the following statement: "If my proposed presentation is accepted, I guarantee that the presenting author will register and attend the conference and deliver the presentation, as scheduled by the Program Board."
You acknowledge that while at the ABAI event, you may be photographed by an ABAI-approved photographer. By making a submission, you are granting the Association for Behavior Analysis International permission to use your likeness in photograph(s) in any and all of its publications and in any and all other media, whether now known or hereafter existing, controlled by the Association for Behavior Analysis International, in perpetuity, and for other use by the association. You will make no monetary or other claim against the Association for Behavior Analysis International for the use of the photograph(s).
For each submission, each author listed will receive a confirmation email containing a submission ID number; said email serves as confirmation that the submission has been received and saved in the convention database. Please keep the submission ID number for your records to reference when communicating with the ABAI office. You may review the submission at any time by returning to the "Call for Papers Entry" section of the portal. If you do not receive a submission confirmation email, do not resubmit. Please contact the ABAI office at firstname.lastname@example.org.