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.

46th Annual Convention

Call for Submissions


A PDF version of the submission guidelines can be downloaded here.




October 30, 2019


CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE. Submission deadline for papers, panels, symposia, B. F. Skinner lectures, invited presentations, workshops, reunions, business meetings, and Expo posters.


SABA SENIOR STUDENT PRESENTER GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE. All submissions including poster submissions must be made by October 30, 2019, to be considered for a SABA Senior Student Presenter Grant.


December 20, 2019


Submission acceptance notifications and rejection notifications sent via email.


SABA Senior Student Presenter Grant notifications sent via email.


January 8, 2020


CALL FOR POSTERS DEADLINE. Deadline to complete poster submissions NOT being considered for SABA Senior Student Presenter Grants.


Presentation schedules released via email and program posted online (excepting posters).


February 14, 2020


Poster acceptance notifications and rejection notifications sent via email and poster schedules posted online.



New in 2020


Invited Presenter Role Limits

Serving as an invited presenter does not count toward the presenter role limits. All invited presenters may serve as a chair or discussant in one additional presentation, as a presenter or panelist for one additional paper, symposium, or panel, and as a presenter for two posters.


Statement of IRB Approval

Submissions in the basic research or applied research domains will be required to affirm that their “completed submission is verification that all procedures described in this presentation conformed to the internationally recognized standards set forth for research involving human or animal subjects.”


Diversity Presentations

Three additional invited sessions that specifically address diversity-related topics have been allocated to the invited track. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board coordinator will organize these three sessions. Sessions will have an area assigned as appropriate, but will not count toward that area’s presentation limits.




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, and the ABAI Business Meeting, which is 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 (2019–2020) members of ABAI and registered for the 2020 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 submissions 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 submissions on October 30, 2019, including posters.



Modifed by Eddie Soh