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Presentation Tracks and Session Types

AAPOR 2021 Tracks for Paper, Panel, Methodological Brief, Poster, Round Table Discussions and Professional Development and Career Advice Sessions Submissions

The following thirteen presentation tracks and six 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 and then click here to begin or continue your abstract proposal.  

Session Types
Presentation Tracks


Session Types

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.

Contributed Papers – Research presentations that are 12-15 minutes long. These papers can be for the mini-conference or the main conference.

  • 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. These papers can be for the mini-conference or the main conference.

  • 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. These posters can be for the mini-conference or the main conference.

  • 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.

Panels - Sessions to be organized by AAPOR attendees to reflect critical issues related to the mini-conference theme or by an affinity group. Panels will have four or five speakers. If the conference is held virtually, these sessions will be live. Given uncertainty over the format of the 2021 AAPOR annual conference, member-organized panels will only be considered for the mini-conference themes, for Affinity Groups, and for professional development or career advice sessions. Panels for the general conference tracks will not be considered. All attendee-organized panels should reflect diversity in organizations and in presenters. To submit an attendee-organized panel for the mini-conference or an affinity group session:

  • 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).
  • New for 2021! The organizer indicates whether the panel is being submitted as part of the mini-conference or by an affinity group.

(New!) Round Tables – Round tables encourage live facilitated conversations among AAPOR members about current issues facing our field. The proposal should identify the leaders of the round table as well as identify discussion topics and questions, and the need for such a discussion.

  • Each round table organizer submits an abstract. The proposal submission form asks for the round table organizer contact information, title, presentation track, keywords describing the content of the round table, and an abstract of no more than 300 words. The abstract should identify the need for a live discussion of this topic via a round table format, 3-5 discussion topics and questions for the round table to address, as well as any other round table leaders. Strong abstracts will also identify the target audience for the round table.

(New!) Professional Development and Career Advice Sessions – These sessions are 1-2 speakers for 45-90 minutes providing a research-based overview of a professional development topic designed for an introductory audience (formerly called PORTAL sessions). These sessions also include discussions related to career advice or participation in AAPOR-related or other professional development topics (including volunteering in AAPOR, being a peer reviewer for AAPOR journals, leadership issues topics; diversity and inclusion training; presenting oneself professionally). These sessions can be for the mini-conference or the main conference.

  • Each professional development and career advice organizer submits an abstract. The proposal submission form asks for the session organizer’s contact information, title, presentation track, keywords describing the topic of the session, and an abstract of no more than 300 words. The abstract should identify the need for the session, the type of professional development or advice that will be offered, the panelists (names, affiliation, and expertise) in addition to the organizer, and the topics or questions that this discussion will address. These sessions can be introductory overviews of a focused research topic led by 1-2 presenters, or can be professional development-oriented conversations among multiple AAPOR attendees. Strong abstracts will also identify the target audience for the session.

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Presentation Tracks

Attitudes and Opinions (Attitudes)
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. 

Elections, Polling, and Politics (Elections)
Example topics: voting behavior; 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 (Nonresponse)
Example topics: Nonresponse rates; nonresponse error; nonresponse-related paradata; adaptive and responsive design; incentive experiments

Probability and Nonprobability Samples, Frames, and Coverage Errors (Samples)
Example topics: sampling frames; sampling techniques; comparison of probability and non-probability 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

AAPOR’s History (History)
Example topics: AAPOR’s role in public opinion research over time; Changes in data collection processes and procedures over time; Reflections on AAPOR as an organization over time

Research in Practice (ResPrac)
Example topics: data visualization; data security; writing successful RFPs; survey management; 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

After you have read over the information in the Call for Abstracts and agree to the deadlines and procedures, click here to begin or continue your abstract proposal.

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