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When does the submission portal open?
The submission portal opens on Monday, July 9, 2018.

When does the submission portal close?
The submission portal closes on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Do the abstract character count requirements refer to the character count with or without spaces?
The requirements refer to the character count with spaces. (Download a submission guide here for all submission requirements.)

Does data collection and analysis have to be complete at the time of submission?
New this year: No, data collection and analysis do not have to be complete at the time of submission. The purpose of this change is to allow people to present newer research at SPSP, since there is a delay between the time of submission and the actual conference. We also want to be consistent with larger changes in the field regarding evaluating the scientific rigor of the methods versus the significance of the results, somewhat akin to pre-registered reports for journals. Note that although data collection does not need to be complete at the time of submission, we do require a clear indication that data collection and analysis will be done by the time of the conference. This means that you should only utilize this new option if you are certain that the study will be done by that time.

Can I chair a symposium and be a speaker in the same symposium?
Yes, as long as the two roles are in the same symposium, you can be a chair and speaker.

Can I chair a symposium and be a speaker in a different symposium?
No, an individual can only have a role in one symposium.

Can I be the first/presenting author for more than one single presenter submission?
No, an individual can only be the first/presenting author on one single presenter submission.

Can I be listed as a co-author for more than one submission?
Yes, as long as you are listed as the first/presenting author for a maximum of 1 symposium submission, 1 single presenter submission, and 1 professional development session. Co-authors are never presenters or speakers. There is no limit on secondary authorships.

Since I can submit once each to a symposium, single presenter, and professional development submission, could I be accepted for all three?
No, a maximum of two submissions can be accepted: one science (single presenter or symposium) submission and one professional development (PD session or Workshop) submission. If the review panels select both science submissions, the single presenter submission will be declined and the symposium will be included in the program.

Can I be a part of two symposium submissions?
No, individuals are only permitted to submit in one symposium submission. If it is found that an individual is a part of two or more symposium submissions, all associated submissions will be disqualified.

Can I be a part of two professional development submissions?
No, individuals are only permitted to submit in one professional development submission (this includes 75-minute sessions and deep-dive workshops). If it is found that an individual is a part of two or more professional development submissions, all associated submissions will be disqualified.

Can I chair more than one symposium?
No, an individual can only have a role in one symposium.

Can I co-chair more than one symposium?
No, an individual can only have a role in one symposium.

Can I submit the same abstract for a symposium and a single presenter submission? 
Yes, though only one can be accepted and presented. If both the symposium AND single presenter submission are selected by review panels, the single presenter submission will be declined and only the group submission will be included in the program.

In the past, when submitting a symposium, there was an option for individual presentations within a symposium to be considered for posters if the group submission was rejected. Is this still an option? 
No, there is no longer an option to indicate this within the symposium submission. However, because we allow one symposium submission AND one single presenter submission, the individual presenters have the option to also submit their presentation separately as a single presenter submission. An individual can only present once at the convention and if the group submission is accepted, the single presenter submission will be declined. The "plan b" option still exists, it just requires that the talk is submitted separately as a single presenter submission. This also allows for the option to submit a different talk for consideration than the one submitted in the group submission.

Can undergraduate students submit? 
Yes, undergraduate students are welcome to submit either during the regular submission period (July 9 – 24) or during the extended undergraduate submission period (July 25 – September 19).

Can I present in a preconference and in the convention? 
Yes, since preconferences are separate from the actual convention, your participation as a speaker or poster presenter in a preconference does not preclude you from participating in the convention. 

Do presenters have to register and pay to attend the convention?
Yes, all chairs/speakers/presenters are required to pay the convention registration fee in order to participate in the program. Registration opens August 16.

Do I have to be a member to submit?
No, you do not have to be a member to submit programming for the 2019 Convention. If your work is accepted, though, you must become a member for 2019 in order to participate.

Note that if you are applying for a travel award, you do have to be a member to apply. More information can be found here.

Do I have to be a member to present?
Yes, all chairs/speakers/presenters must be members of SPSP for 2019 in order to participate in the convention program.

Are discussants allowed in sessions?
No, discussants are not allowed in sessions.

When will I find out if my submission was accepted or rejected?
Notifications will be sent in Mid-September, be sure to check spam and junk folders.

Who can I contact for questions about my submission?
You can contact the SPSP Meetings team at meetings@spsp.org.

2019 Annual Convention
February 7 - 9, 2019
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232, USA