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Call for Abstracts

All Abstracts should be submitted electronically by Monday, November 12, 11:59 p.m. (EST). 

Important Dates:

  • Papers, Methodological Briefs and Poster Abstracts : November 12, 2018
  • Panel Proposals: November 12, 2018
  • Acceptance notification: Mid-January, 2019

The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) is pleased to announce that its 74th Annual Conference will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, May 16-19, 2019.

AAPOR seeks proposals for full panel, individual paper, methodological brief, and posters sessions. Submissions on any topic across public opinion, survey and social science research will be considered for the 2019 Annual Conference. Submissions will be grouped into the following conference tracks.  

Submitting a Panel   New Process for 2019!

This year all submissions including those made as part of a pre-arranged panel will be required to submit individual abstracts. This will allow the program committee to review the individual submissions and consider these submissions for alternate placement in the program if the pre-arranged panel is not accepted. Here are the steps for submitting a panel:

A bit of planning. The panel organizer and participants should touch base before submission time and agree on the panel topic and contributions from each speaker.

Each panel presenter submits an abstract as a paper. After the call for abstracts opens, the individual panel presenters each need to submit an abstract for their presentation. Select “Paper” or “Methodological Brief” as the submission type. This will be used to determine a possible (not guaranteed) place on the program if the pre-arranged panel is not accepted. On completion of your abstract submission, you will need to provide your abstract ID to the panel organizer.

The organizer submits an abstract for the entire panel. Once all the abstract IDs have been collected, the panel organizer needs to submit an abstract for the full panel by selecting 'PANEL' as the Session Type. The organizer will be asked for a title, panel description, and the abstract ID numbers of your panelists. Note: organizers who themselves plan to present in the panel need to submit twice (first their personal paper and later the panel).

AAPOR 2019 Tracks for Paper, Panel, Methodological Brief, and Poster Submissions

Regardless of the type of paper you are submitting for the conference we are asking each submitter to identify one track from among the following eight (8) that is most relevant and applicable for the abstract. We understand that some submissions could relate to more than one track, but we are specifically asking you to make a decision about which single track you deem is the most appropriate. 

Attitudes & Issues (Issues): 

Example topics: substantive issues and attitudes studied using survey research methods, such as attitudes about immigration, health care, taxes, race relations, climate change, and much more.  

Data Science & Organic Data (DataSci): 

Example topics: analysis of social media or search engine data; combining administrative data with survey data; applications of machine learning methods or artificial intelligence in social science research

Elections & Political Polling (Polling): 

Example topics: voting behavior; drivers of vote preference; election poll methods; polling accuracy; voter files; exit polling; presidential approval

Multinational, Multiregional & Multicultural​ (3MC):

Example topics: substantive findings from 3MC surveys; methodological issues in 3MC surveys

Questionnaire Design & Interviewing (QuesDes):

Example topics: questionnaire design or formatting; interviewer effects; cognitive interviewing; focus groups

Research in Practice (Practice): 

Example topics: topics that do not fall into the other tracks including data visualization; data security; writing successful RFPs; survey management; other practical issues regarding survey data collection. 

Statistical Techniques for Surveys (Stats):

Example topics: weighting and estimation; imputation; small-area estimation; Bayesian modeling; multi-level regression and post-stratification; variance estimation; analysis of complex survey data 

Survey Design (SurvDes):

Example topics: sampling frames; sampling techniques; evaluating recruitment or data collection protocols; survey modes; nonresponse; paradata; adaptive design; incentive experiments and the like

Format types: You will be asked to select from the following presentation formats:

  1. Full Panels are organized sessions that focus on a common theme and include five participants in addition to the panel organizer. The organizer of the panel should enter up to a 300word abstract into the system discussing the issues to be addressed and their importance. In addition, the panel organizer must enter the abstract ID (submitted independently) for each panelist. If complete information is not immediately available, the organizer must add information to complete the submission before the November 12th deadline. 
  2. Papers involve original research featuring an oral address of 10‐14 minutes to an audience. A 300‐word abstract is required at submission. Authors are strongly encouraged to prepare a formal paper in advance of the conference (usually 12‐15 pages in length) to share with the session organizer and moderator. In addition, authors are asked to make their presentation materials, such as PowerPoint™ slides, available to session attendees at (or following) the conference.
  3. Methodological Briefs are intentionally short (5-7 minutes) oral presentations of original methodological research that highlight significant empirical results (e.g., one table) with less theoretical elaboration than a full paper. A 300‐word abstract is required at submission. Authors are strongly encouraged to prepare short papers in advance of the conference (e.g., 5‐8 pages in length), and are asked to make presentation materials, such as PowerPoint™ slides, available to attendees at (or following) the conference.
  4. Posters are presentations of original research that rely on visual display (i.e., posters) combined with interactive author‐audience discussion. A 300‐word abstract is required at submission. Authors are strongly encouraged to distribute handouts or a reduced-size paper copy of their poster at the conference.

Multipaper restriction: To promote broad conference participation, an individual may not submit more than two proposals as first author, regardless of the proposed format of the submission (panel participant, paper, poster, or methodological brief presentation). Each submission must identify who will be the presenter at the conference.

Scheduling Conflicts:  To ensure we can schedule as many presentations at the conference, it is important that you list any known scheduling conflicts you may have with your submission.  For example, you may know of a second submission for which you are the presenter or you may have a conflict with a session because of a committee meeting or other commitment during the conference.  Please indicate any and all such conflicts in the CONFLICTS tab of your submission.  While we will make every attempt to accommodate scheduling conflicts, please be advised that in some instances it may not be completely possible to avoid them.  

Evaluation and Review: The Conference Program Committee will evaluate proposals for quality, originality, and completeness. Each paper, poster, panel and methodological brief submission will be peer reviewed by at least 3 reviewers and final decisions will be announced in January 2019 for all presentation formats.  

All submissions that present original survey data must abide by the AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics & Practices by reporting, at a minimum, the information specified in Section III‐A of the AAPOR Code. Further, proposals should communicate work that authors expect to reach an acceptable stage of completion before the conference (i.e., by the end of April 2019). Here is an exemplar abstract

Space on the program is limited.   There will be some individual submissions that cannot be integrated into a session and will, unfortunately, not be accepted. Authors of individual papers have a greater chance of acceptance if they are also willing to be considered for a methodological brief or poster.

Confirmation: Submitters will receive automatic email confirmation of their submission within 24 hours. Submitters who do not receive this confirmation should log back on to the submission site to verify their submission was entered correctly. NOTE: the submitter is the primary contact person and is responsible for notifying all other participants of acceptance, rejection, scheduling and any other information provided by AAPOR.
AudioVisual Equipment: All meeting rooms will have projectors, screens, microphones & laptops.

Notice to Federal Employees: The AAPOR Annual Conference conforms to the OPM definition of a "developmental assignment." It is intended for educational purposes; over three quarters of time scheduled is for planned, organized exchange of information between presenters and audience, thereby qualifying under section 4101 of title 5, United States Code as a training activity. The AAPOR Conference is a collaboration in the scientific community, whose objectives are to provide a training opportunity to attendees; teach the latest methodology and approaches to survey research best practices; make each attendee a better survey researcher, and; maintain and improve professional survey competency.

Inquiries: Questions concerning the AAPOR conference or the proposal submission process should be directed to:

Courtney Kennedy
Conference Chair

Mandy Sha
Associate Conference Chair

Yvonne Janvrin
Membership and Conference Associate

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