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Call for Abstracts

AAPOR’s 76th Annual Conference 
Data Collection, Measurement, and Public Opinion During a Pandemic

Papers, Posters, Panels, Professional Development and Career Advice Sessions, and Round Tables

Submission Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2020, 11:59 PM Eastern

The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) will hold its 76th Annual Conference May 11-14, 2021. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in the premier forum for the exchange of advances in public opinion and survey research.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for 2021!

AAPOR seeks proposals for individual papers, methodological briefs, posters, panel sessions, professional development and career advice sessions, and roundtables. The theme for AAPOR’s 2021 76th Annual Conference, Data Collection, Measurement, and Public Opinion During a Pandemic, reflects the upheaval to data collection and public opinion research during 2020 and beyond. We specifically seek to showcase how surveys are being refined, repurposed, reimagined, or reinvented in light of the coronavirus pandemic and how public opinion and behaviors of the electorate have changed during this time. Submissions on topics across public opinion, survey research methods, and social science research related to the 2021 conference tracks will also be considered.

The AAPOR Conference Committee seeks the following proposals:

  • Contributed papers
  • Methodological briefs
  • Poster presentations
  • Panel sessions
  • Professional Development and Career Advice Sessions New for 2021!
  • Round Tables New for 2021!

Proposals should:

  • Address important research questions
  • Increase the knowledge and skills of scholars and industry professionals
  • Promote the development of our profession
  • Showcase methodological rigor​

Mini-Conference—New for 2021!

AAPOR is introducing a mini-conference related to the theme of Data Collection, Measurement, and Public Opinion During a PandemicDetails about the mini-conference can be found here. Abstract submitters will be asked to indicate whether their abstract is being submitted for the mini-conference or the main conference. During each virtual concurrent session time slot, at least two dedicated live sessions will contain papers or panels submitted as part of the mini-conference.


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. 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 or whether the submission is for the mini-conference or main conference. Learn more about presentation tracks and formats.

Format for 2021 Conference

The AAPOR Executive Council has decided that the 2021 Annual AAPOR Conference will be held as a virtual conference. Read more about the decision here.

For a virtual conference:

Some sessions will be offered as synchronous live sessions and others as asynchronous pre-recorded sessions. Both will allow the opportunity for Q&A.

  • Synchronous live presentations: Some accepted abstracts and/or panels on the mini-conference theme, some professional development and career advice sessions, some affinity group panels, and all round tables will be presented in live, synchronous sessions. Learn more about submission types.
  • Asynchronous pre-recorded presentations: Accepted papers pertaining to the general conference tracks, some affinity group panel sessions, some mini-conference-related papers, and some professional development and career advice sessions will be pre-recorded and presented in an asynchronous format. Posters will also be in an asynchronous pre-recorded presentation format.
Details about the length of papers and presentation formats may be adjusted for a virtual conference format. These adjustmentss will be announced in January 2021. 

Willingness to present in virtual or in-person conference

When submitting an abstract, submitters will be asked to indicate whether they are willing to present a paper in virtually. Space on the program is limited. There will be some individual submissions that will, unfortunately, not be accepted due to space, quality, or fit. Because of the decision to hold the 2021 AAPOR Conference as a virtual conference, the AAPOR Conference Committee will decide which papers will be invited to present as synchronous live sessions or as asynchronous recorded presentations or posters.

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 or whether the submission is for the mini-conference or main conference. 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. 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 presenters will need to have access to a computer with a microphone and speakers. Information about the format for recording and participating in a virtual conference will be distributed in early 2021.


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. 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 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 2021.

AAPOR Code of Ethics

All submissions that present original survey data must abide by the AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics and 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 2021). Here is an exemplar abstract.

Inquiries: Questions concerning the AAPOR conference or the proposal submission process should be directed to:
Kristen Olson
AAPOR Conference Chair
Darby Steiger
AAPOR Associate Conference Chair
Melanie Goff
Program Manager, Conference and Awards

Sustaining Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Abt Associates
D3 Systems, Inc.
Marketing Systems Group

Silver Sponsors

Ipsos Public Affairs, LLC
Ironwood Insights Group, 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.