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Submission Types and Conference Tracks

The following six session types and twelve presentation tracks are used to organize the abstract submissions. The abstract submission form will ask you to identify one session type and one track that is most relevant for your abstract. Regardless of track and session type, we encourage submissions that highlight substantive issues and attitudes related to the conference theme of Advancing Inclusion and Equity Through Data Collection, Measurement, and Community.

Session Types


Contributed Papers

Research presentations that are 12-15 minutes long and are presented in thematically organized sessions with a moderator and 3-4 other presenters.

Each paper presenter submits an abstract. 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.

Contributed Methodological Briefs

Shorter presentations (8-10 minutes) on a focused topic that are presented in thematically organized sessions with a moderator and 6-7 other presenters. 

Each methodological brief presenter submits an abstract. 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.


Posters

Research posters on a focused topic that are presented in all-attendee poster sessions. Students submitting posters are eligible to be considered for the Student Poster Competition

Each poster presenter submits an abstract. The proposal submission form asks for author contact information, title, presentation track, keywords describing the content of the poster, and an abstract of no more than 300 words.


Contributed Panel Sessions*

Self-organized panels that 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).

Affinity Group Panel Sessions*

One panel session may be submitted by each AAPOR Affinity group related to areas of interest for the affinity group.

*For panel sessions, each panel presenter will submit an abstract as a paper. 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 will also submit an abstract for the entire panel and will provide the abstract ID numbers of your panelists. Note: Organizers who themselves plan to present in the panel need to submit two abstracts (both their personal paper abstract and panel abstract).


Professional Development Roundtables

These sessions are facilitated discussions of a professional development topic (such as being a peer reviewer, interacting with the media, leadership issues, diversity and inclusion training, presenting oneself professionally, etc.). 

Each roundtable organizer submits an abstract. The proposal submission form asks for the roundtable organizer contact information, title, presentation track, keywords describing the content of the roundtable, and an abstract of no more than 300 words. The abstract should identify the need for a live discussion of this topic via a roundtable format, three to five discussion topics and questions for the roundtable to address, as well as any other roundtable leaders. Strong abstracts will also identify the target audience for the roundtable.

 

Presentation Tracks


Attitudes and Opinions (Att)

Example topics: substantive issues and attitudes studied using survey research or other methods; attitudes towards the coronavirus pandemic, human rights, racial justice, immigration, LGBTQ issues, health care, taxes, race relations, police, civil rights, climate change, and other attitudes around justice, diversity, inclusion, and equity. 

Elections, Polling, and Politics (Elec) 

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

Media, News and Information Sources (Media)

Example topics: types of news, media and information sources; new media; discrediting legitimate news sources; correlates of media viewing and consumption behaviors; effects of media on attitudes and opinions.

Questionnaire Design and Interviewing (QuesDes)

Example topics: questionnaire design or formatting; visual design; interviewer effects; cognitive interviewing; response times; question characteristics.

Data Collection Methods, Modes, Field Operations, and Costs (DataColl)

Example topics: Evaluating recruitment or data collection protocols; transitions from interviewer administered to other modes; survey modes, survey costs; contact tracing methods

Response Rates and Nonresponse Error (Nonresp)

Example topics: Nonresponse rates; nonresponse error; nonresponse-related paradata; adaptive and responsive design; incentive experiments; differential response patterns among diverse communities. 

Probability and Nonprobability Samples, Frames, and Coverage Errors (Samples)

Example topics: sampling frames; sampling techniques; comparison of probability and nonprobability samples; administrative data coverage properties.

Statistical Techniques and Estimation (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

Data Science, Big Data, and Administrative Records (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.

Multicultural, Multilingual, and Multinational Research (3MC)

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

Research in Practice (ResPrac)

Example topics: data visualization; data security; writing successful RFPs; survey management; increasing the talent pipeline for public opinion research among diverse communities; other practical issues regarding survey data collection.

Qualitative Research (QualRes)

Example topics: methodological insights from or about qualitative research methods; in-depth interviewing methods; focus groups; qualitative content analyses; mixed methods data collection; qualitative research among diverse communities.
 

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.