Frequently Asked Questions

When will submissions for the annual meeting be accepted?

The submission site will open on September 1, 2017.

When is the submission deadline?

The submission deadline is Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 11:59PM EST. 

Must I register for the Annual Meeting in order to present?

Yes. All people attending the meeting must register for the meeting. Members pay lower registration fees than nonmembers. Advanced registration ends March 18th, 2019 at 11:59 EST. Onsite registration fees are $25 higher than advanced registration fees.

I'm an undergraduate. What should I do?

Undergraduates are welcome at the Annual Meeting. They may register in advance or on site. Advanced registration ends March 18th, 2019 at 11:59 EST.

I'm not a student or faculty member but I want to attend the Annual Meeting.
What should I do?

People who are not currently psychologists or students should register for the Annual Meeting as nonmembers. They may register in advance or on site. Advanced registration ends March 18th, 2019at 11:59 EST.

What are my chances of being accepted?

The program committee reviews submissions. Each submission is assigned to two reviewers based on the topic area you identify (e.g., stereotyping, behavioral neuroscience). Reviews are blind. The overall rejection rate each year is approximately 15%. The rejection rate is similar across topic areas. 

What are the most common reasons submissions are rejected?

One common reason we cannot accept papers is because data collection is not yet complete. The program committee favors research that is complete or near completion. Other papers are rejected because there is insufficient information or data in the abstract for reviewers to judge the merits of the project. Submitters are allowed to include one table or figure with their submission. A table or figure is often useful to reviewers. A third reason for rejection is failure to follow instructions. Please be sure to provide all necessary information with your submission.

When will I find out if my presentation is accepted?

Notifications are sent in January. The first author of each submission will receive an email.

Who should I contact with questions about my submission?

Please contact the 2019 Program Moderator, Dr. Kim Rios.


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