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American Association for Public Opinion Research

Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts closed on Friday, November 8, 11:59 p.m. (EST). We expect to send acceptance notifications before the end of January 2020.

The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) is pleased to announce that its 75th Annual Conference will be held at the Hilton Atlanta Downtown, May 14-17, 2020.

AAPOR seeks proposals for individual paper, methodological brief, and poster sessions, self-organized panels, and learning seminars. Submissions on any topic across public opinion, survey, and social science research will be considered for the 75th Annual Conference. After you have read over the information below and agree to the deadlines and procedures, go to the Abstract Submission Site to complete your abstract proposal.
Submissions: The proposal submission form asks for author contact information, title, presentation track, keywords describing the content of the presentation, and an abstract of no more than 300 words.  A description of the presentation tracks and formats is provided below.

Deadlines: Abstracts will be accepted until November 8, 2019. We expect to send acceptance notifications by the end of January 2020.
Confirmation: Submitters will receive automatic email confirmation of their submission within 5 minutes. 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.
Review Process
Each submission for papers, methodological briefs, and posters will be reviewed by at least 2 peer reviewers and a final reviewer who assists the Conference Chair and Associate Conference Chair with making final decisions about abstracts for the specific presentation track and session format. We expect to send acceptance notifications by the end of January 2020.
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.

Session Types and Presentation Tracks
The following eight presentation tracks and five session types are used to organize the abstract submissions. Please identify one track and one type that you deem most relevant and appropriate for your abstract. We encourage submissions that highlight substantive issues and attitudes related to Civil and human rights, as well as AAPOR’s history and the 75th anniversary.

Presentation Tracks
Attitudes & Issues (Issues): 
Example topics: substantive issues and attitudes studied using survey research methods, such as human rights, 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
Session Types
  1. Papers involve original research featuring an oral presentation 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 moderator. In addition, authors are asked to make their presentation materials, such as PowerPoint™ slides, available to session attendees at (or following) the conference.
  2. 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.
  3. Posters are presentations of original research that rely on visual display 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. In addition to the Student Poster Competition, all posters shown at AAPOR this year will be eligible to win an award as the Best Poster for the New AAPOR Poster Award Competition.
  4. Learning seminars are 90-minute sessions aimed at helping attendees to update a skill or to achieve professional development objectives, with time built-in for questions and answers. The abstract should describe the topic, learning objective, benefits to the audience, instructor(s) or presenter(s)’ demonstrated expertise, as well as the proposed format. (These learning seminars are similar to the PORTAL sessions from the Toronto conference, but allow submitters greater flexibility and offer attendees a wider range of learning opportunities). As you develop your idea for a learning seminar, please email Conference Chair Mandy Sha at [email protected] to discuss the learning objective and the format.
  5. Self-Organized Panels are organized by the submitter to focus on a common theme for original research. These panels typically include five participants (they can be five presenters; or four presenters and a discussant). We highly encourage self-organized panels that showcase diversity in the presenters and the organizations that they represent. 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. Email Conference Chair Mandy Sha at [email protected] to discuss the theme and the format.
    • Each panel presenter submits an abstract as a paper. The individual panel presenters each need to submit an abstract for their presentation. On completion of your abstract submission, you will need to provide your abstract ID to the panel organizer. If the panel your abstract is a part of is not selected, your individual paper may be added to an alternative panel based on fit and reviewer evaluation.
    • 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).

Multi‐paper 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 primary presenter at the conference.
Scheduling Conflicts:  To minimize scheduling conflicts, please list any known scheduling conflicts you may have with your submission in the CONFLICTS tab of your submission.  For example, you may have a conflict with a session because of a committee meeting during the conference.  While we will make every attempt to accommodate scheduling conflicts, please be advised that in some instances it may not be possible to avoid them.  

Audio‐Visual 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:
Mandy Sha
Conference Chair
[email protected]
Kristen Olson
Associate Conference Chair
[email protected]
Sam Nysetvold
Conference Program Associate
[email protected]

Sustaining Sponsors

Ipsos Public Affairs, LLC

Platinum Sponsors

Reconnaissance Market Research

Gold Sponsors

ABT Associates
Marketing Systems Group
NORC at the University of Chicago

Bronze Sponsors

Adapt, Inc.
Precision Opinion

Conference Supporters

ASDE Survey Sampler


Oxford University Press
Roper Center
StataCorp LLC

Notice to Federal Employees

The Annual AAPOR Conference conforms to the OPM definition of a “developmental assignment.” It is intended for educational purposes; over three quarters of time schedule 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.