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Call for Abstracts

Data Collection, Measurement, and Public Opinion During a Pandemic

AAPOR 76th Annual Conference May 13-16, 2021

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 on May 13-16, 2021. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in the premier forum for the exchange of advances in public opinion and survey research.

Be part of the 2021 program. Submit your abstract today!

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
  • Panels
  • 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

Submissions: 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. A description of the presentation tracks and formats is provided on the AAPOR website.

  • Mini-Conference (New for 2021!): AAPOR is introducing a mini-conference related to the theme of Data Collection, Measurement, and Public Opinion During a Pandemic During each time slot, at least two dedicated live sessions (if virtual) or conference rooms (if in person or hybrid) will contain papers or panels submitted as part of the mini-conference. The goal of the mini-conference is to serve as a platform and a forum to bring together experts to collectively understand how the onset of the coronavirus pandemic has affected research practices, data collection, elections, federal statistics, and public opinion. The abstract submission site is the same for the AAPOR mini-conference and the main AAPOR conference. Abstract submitters will be asked to indicate whether their abstract is being submitted for the mini-conference or the 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 members 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. To submit a member-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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