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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.

Substance Use and Addiction Conference

Call for Posters

Posters on all aspects of addiction and substance use are welcome. Possible topics include gambling, binge eating, sex addiction, illicit drugs, and management and treatment of addictions and abuse.



Submission Deadline: April 17, 2018

Accept/Reject Notification: May 9, 2018



All submissions should be made through the ABAI portal.  All submissions and presentations must be in English.


Poster Presentation Limits

An individual may be a presenting author on no more than two poster submissions. Submissions made in excess of this limit will be rejected.


Commitment to Present

By making a submission, presenters commit to register for and attend the conference to present their posters.



Poster Submission Guidelines

Posters are physical displays of information, usually reporting empirical research. Submissions must demonstrate that the work to be reported has scientific merit and is well advanced. Data-based posters, which require a graph or chart of data, will receive preference. Posters in the applied research and basic research domains must include a data attachment.


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.


Program Area

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
AUT: Autism
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
EDC: Education
OBM: Organizational Behavior Management
PCH: Philosophical, Conceptual, and Historical Issues
PRA: Practice
TBA: Teaching Behavior Analysis
VRB: Verbal Behavior


Submission Domain

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.


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.



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


Funding (Optional)

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.


Presenting Author, Author

A presenting author is required for every submission. To increase the impact and prestige of the poster session, an individual may serve as presenting author on no more than two posters. The Program Committee will reject posters where the presenting author does not adhere to these limits. Decisions on which poster(s) to reject will take into consideration the order in which submissions were made.


In addition to the presenting author, up to seven additional authors are allowed. These authors are not required to register for and attend the conference. When submitting online, you will be given the option to add an author by searching for a contact. You must provide a last name and full or partial email address in order to search. If the contact you search for is not displayed, you may add a new contact. The following information is required:


  • Name
  • 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)
  • Country (for presenting author only)
  • Province/State (for presenting author only)
  • Citizenship (for presenting author only)


Please do not add a new contact if the displayed email or affiliation is out of date. Instead, contact with the updated information. This ensures there will not be multiple contact records for the same person.


Recommend a Book (Optional)

If you would like to recommend a must-have book for behavior analysts, please provide the following information:


  • Title
  • Authors as they are listed on the cover/title page
  • Publisher
  • 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


Data Assurance

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."


Presentation Assurance

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."


Photography Release

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).


Submission Confirmation

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

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