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Presentation Tracks and Session Types

AAPOR 2022 Submission Tracks for Papers, Methodological Briefs, Posters, Panels, Affinity Group Panels, and Professional Development Roundtables 

The following twelve 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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).  

  • 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)

Affinity Group Panel Sessions - One panel session may be submitted by each AAPOR Affinity group related to areas of interest for the affinity group. These panels typically include five participants (they can be five presenters; or four presenters and a discussant).  

  • 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 affinity group 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)

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, 3-5 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.

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Presentation Tracks

Attitudes and Opinions (Att)

Example topics: substantive issues and attitudes 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 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.

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.

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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