Wednesday, March 18, 2020

APPAM Launches COVID-19 Member Resources, Data and Research Collaboration Hub

As many professional organizations around the globe explore ways that they can contribute to addressing the current public health crisis, APPAM would like to provide members with a platform for interacting and sharing ideas focused around the COVID-19 topic. To that end, we are launching a Resources, Data, and Research Collaboration Hub.

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Things to Know Before You Submit/FAQ


The APPAM Fall Research Conference is a multi-disciplinary annual research conference that attracts the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues. The submission deadline was April 18.

The conference invites five types of proposals: caucus, paper panels, individual papers, roundtables, and workshops. Some papers submitted either as parts of panels or separately may be considered for poster sessions. Here are details about the four proposal types and the poster sessions.

Caucus: This is a dedicated time for participants to gather informally to discuss new and emerging policy issues, to formulate new research questions, approaches to research and to form possible research collaborations. Similar to last year's Saturday Caucus, this year's sessions will be offered throughout the conference. [Download the Call for Proposals for Caucuses PDF] The deadline for caucus proposals is June 13, 2014.

Paper Panel: A proposals that bundles 3 or 4 papers together to propose a single conference session, and may also include a chair and one or two discussants. Usually, the organizer of a panel proposal is responsible for recruiting all of the papers and other components.

Paper: A proposal for a single research paper to be included in a session with other, separately submitted components. Usually, it is the responsibility of the Program Committee to find an appropriate session for a paper proposal. Alternatively, if you are constructing a panel and find a need for additional papers, we invite you to check the Single Paper Listing for Panel Creation on a weekly basis.

Roundtable: A proposal that bundles 3 to 5 speakers together who are experts on a topic and will speak on a session without presenting papers. A roundtable proposal also may include a session moderator.

Workshop: A proposal for an expository session that will seek to train the attendees regarding a research method, use of a data source, or other similar topic. Workshops often feature only or two presenters, and offer participants a packet of materials to take away for future use.

Poster: A research paper that is presented in a poster format, including the public display of the poster during their appointed poster session and an opportunity to make oral presentations to conference attendees. Often, APPAM offers poster sessions to new/emerging researchers.

Please note that the Program Committee reserves the right to alter, combine and even transform proposals as it builds sessions for the conference.
The conference has become the preeminent venue for the presentation and discussion of applied public policy research, attracting more than 1,600 attendees for 250+ sessions across three days of meetings in early November.

Each year, the APPAM president-elect appoints a conference program committee of approximately 50 people to review the proposals submitted for the conference and recommend sessions to be included in the meetings. The program committee members span a wide variety of substantive areas, and an equally wide variety of areas are supported within the conference.
APPAM has always included practitioners within the conference, and many non-academic researchers in public policy and management consider APPAM to be their primary professional meeting. APPAM is always seeking increased conference participation from policy makers at all levels of government and other practitioners who are directly involved in the areas of emphasis within the annual research conference.

Please read the following information before submitting your proposal.

  • In order to submit you will need the names, phone numbers, email addresses and affiliations of all participants, including non-presenting authors.
    • For panels, we require the title of the panel and synopsis, all paper titles, abstracts, names, and organizations/affiliations of all presenters, and chair and discussant names and organizations/affiliations.
    • For roundtables, we require a synopsis of the session, moderator name and organization/affiliation, and presenter names and organization/affiliation.
  • When submitting a panel, APPAM now requires a chair and at least one discussant in order to submit a panel. Please ask your chair and discussant about their participation prior to listing them as a part of your submission. If your panel is accepted, they will receive notice from APPAM; we do not want them to be confused about their participation. You can change these chair and discussants later if need be. Please make sure your chair and discussant(s) are aware that conference registration fees must be paid in order for them to participate.
  • APPAM gives preference to diverse, fully formed, cohesive panels, over single papers, when reviewing submissions. Fully formed panels are easier to accept than single papers that need to be grouped into cohesive panels.
  • Sessions that are not diverse or lack cohesion may be rejected or significantly altered, at the discretion of the program committee.
  • Please note: It is our expectation that proposals submitted for inclusion in the conference will exemplify a range of perspectives and methodologies and include a diverse range of participants with respect to affiliation. No panel should include more than one presenting author with the same affiliation. Proposals that do not display organizational diversity are likely to be rejected or significantly altered, at the discretion of the Program Committee.
  • APPAM is committed to promoting diversity in the association. To ensure the conference meets this goal, please consider the diversity of your panel, with respect to race and ethnicity. Proposals that reflect a commitment to diversity, it all its forms, are less likely to be altered.
  • You may submit more than one proposal, however each person may only present once, so if you submit multiple proposals you must arrange for co-authors to present other papers if they are accepted.
  • APPAM is only able to take into consideration scheduling requests for the following reasons: Medical/health, religious observances, and international flight limitations. We will not be able to accommodate schedule consideration for work/school schedules or family matters. If you require schedule consideration due to one of the approved reasons, please contact Jocelyn Mason ( with your proposal number and scheduling limitations.
  • You do not need to be a member of APPAM to submit a proposal; however all accepted participants will need to register for the conference in the summer and members receive significant discounts on registration fees.
  • As you are creating your submissions, we encourage you to check the Single Paper Listing for papers that might work well with your proposal to form a complete panel. While we will still encourage/will accept individual paper submissions, complete panels--three or four papers along a common theme, chair and discussant--have a much better chance of being accepted for the conference.
  • Please only submit a proposal if you will be able to attend the conference in Albuquerque, NM. We understand that sometimes things come up, but APPAM has a 50% acceptance rate for submissions so each person that is accepted and cannot attend takes a spot from someone who can attend. When determining if you will be able to attend, please consider that all presenters, chairs and discussant will be required to pay for registration to attend the conference.

Conference Submission FAQ Questions

Questions And Answers

What types of proposals does APPAM usually invite?

We are soliciting abstracts for (1) individual papers to be integrated into panels, (2) panels made up of 3-4 papers, (3) roundtables, (4) super sessions and (5) posters.

Submission Definitions

Single Paper - Single paper submissions are individual research papers that will be reviewed and combined with 2-3 other papers to form cohesive panels.  Submissions should note the presenting author and include an abstract of no more than 500 words.

Panel - Panels include 3-4 papers.  A chair and at least one, and a maximum of two discussants are required.  Two discussants are encouraged for panels with four papers. Presenting authors may not serve as the chair or discussant on the same panel. Individuals may only present a paper on one panel throughout the conference, though they may serve as a chair or discussant multiple times.

Roundtable - Roundtables are not paper dependent, but rather feature speakers who will discuss a topic from varying perspectives and draw the audience into a discussion on the topic.  Roundtable proposals should include no more than 4 speakers plus a moderator.

Super Session- Super sessions are alternatives to a traditional symposium as seen as past events.  These sessions are designed to gather a large number of attendees from a single policy area and should focus on topics that have a broad impact on public policy.  They are simliar to a roundtable in format where there is a moderator and two to four speakers.

Poster - Poster submissions are single paper proposals that are presented in a poster format.  Presenters will be asked to discuss their work and answer questions during each poster session.  A first, second, and third pace winner will be selected from the presenters each day.

Please note that the Program Committee reserves the right to alter, combine and even transform proposals as it builds sessions for the conference.

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What information do I need to submit a panel?

In order to submit you will need the names, email addresses and affiliations of all participants, including non-presenting authors. You will also be asked to submit the following:

  1. Panel Title
  2. Overall Panel Abstract (no more than 500 words)
  3. Paper Titles (3-4)
  4. Paper Abstracts (no more than 500 words each)
  5. Presenting and Non-Presenting Author Contact Information
  6. One chair and one or two discussants
  7. One session organizer

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What does a strong panel look like?

A strong panel contains three or four papers, a chair and at least one, but no more than two, discussant(s). A panel with four papers is encouraged to have two discussants but again, only one is required. The panel abstract ties the papers together and clearly indicates how the panel relates to the conference theme and the selected policy area. Strong panels include a diverse range of participants, crossing lines of gender, race, affiliation and research methods and perspective.

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What information do I need to submit a roundtable?

Roundtable submissions are discussion-based sessions that require the following:

  • Roundtable Title
  • Abstract of the Session (no more than 500 words)
  • 2-4 Speakers with contact information
  • One Moderator with contact information
  • One organizer with contact information

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When will acceptances/rejections be sent out?

All acceptance and rejection notices will be sent out in mid-July.

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In the past, I have submitted a panel and it’s been pulled apart, why does that happen?

Sometimes, upon careful review, the Program Committee decides that a panel would be stronger if certain papers or participants were removed or replaced. This happens for reasons of diversity, to increase panel cohesiveness or to vary perspectives on a certain topic. When this happens they put together an altered panel using other papers available to them in order to create the strongest possible program for attendees. When altering a panel, program committee members may also change the panel title, replace the chair and/ or discussant(s) and reclassify the panel as belonging to a different policy area.

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What if my submission fits into two policy areas?

You will be asked to select a primary policy area, based on the 15 areas identified for the 2019 Fall Research Conference.  However, you will be asked during the submission process if you would like to identify a second area that your submission may fit into as well.  This seconday area is only used for review purposes and will not have any impact on how the work is presented at the confernece, should it be accepted.

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I’m having difficulty submitting my proposal, who should I contact?

If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact If you have a question about the conference or specific submission criteria, please contact Tristanne Staudt at

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Do I have to start and finish my submission in one session?

No. You can start your submission now and finish it at a later date. Upon beginning your submission, you will receive an email with an access link that is unique to your proposal. Keep this email and you will be able to use the information provided to login and complete your submission at a later time. Your submission must be completed by the submission deadline. If any part is incomplete after the deadline, your submission will be deleted and not considered for inclusion in the conference.

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What should I do if I am submitting a proposal for the conference but I need my session or poster to be scheduled on a specific day?

If you have scheduling limitations, please email them to Tristanne Staudt at Do not include scheduling limitations in the description or abstract fields of the submission systems as they are unlikely to be seen and will not be honored. Please limit scheduling requests to reasons of great importance including religious observances, medical needs or international travel limitations. Scheduling over 300 sessions is very challenging and requires many sessions to be scheduled during non-preferred time slots, we are not able to accommodate scheduling requests due to family matters or work/class schedules.

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Can I submit more than one proposal?

Yes, you may submit as many proposals as you wish. However, you may only present one paper at the conference. If you submit more than one proposal, the others must be co-authored and a co-author must be willing and available to present the work at the conference if more than one of your proposals is accepted.

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What time is the submission deadline on April 10th?

The official deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Wednesday, April 10, 2020.  There will be no extensions to this deadline.

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I am planning on submitting a panel. I will submit the abstracts for each paper. Do the authors of the papers need to submit their abstracts separately as well?

No, submitting them as part of the panel is all that is required. The system will not allow the same paper to be submitted twice.

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What are the chair and discussant roles?

You can find information on these, as well as all particpant, roles here.

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I have a question about the submission process that's not addressed here. What do I do?

You can email Tristanne Staudt,, directly with your question.

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Is there any financial assistance provided by the conference if my proposal is accepted for oral or poster presentation?

Unfortunately, there is no financial assistance provided for those whose proposals, papers, and/or posters that were accepted. Presenters also need to register for the conference; there is an Early Registration discount if registration is done before the early deadline.

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Can the chair/discussant be from the same organization as one of the authors?

Yes, though we highly encourage submitters so include as much organizational diversity as possible when organizing their panel.

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What is the Single Paper Listing and where can I find it?

Fully submitted panel submissions have an average acceptance rate of 47% compared to 26% for single paper submissions.  Check out the Single Paper Listing to find other similar papers and re-submit your work as a panel. This listing includes the policy area, abstracts, and contact information for each single paper submitted for inclusion in the 2019 Fall Research Conference.  

The Single Paper Listing will be opened on February 13th, and will be updated every Wednesday through April 11th.  


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When will submissions open and close for this year's conference?

We will begin accepting submissions in early February.  The deadline for all submissions will be April 24, 2020.

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Will there be an international focus at this year's conference?

Over the past few years we've received a growing number of requests for internationally-focused sessions at the conference.  This year, we've adjusted the submissions process to include questions that will help identify not only internationally-focused submissions, but state/local submissions as well.

You'll still be asked to select a policy area from the current list of 15 represented at the conference, but on the Title Page step of submission, you will be asked to identify if your submission identifies as international or state/local.  These identifications will not only point attendees in the direction of these sessions, but it will help the Program Committee better review the submissions.

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Is it possible to submit one research topic as a proposal for a paper and a proposal for a poster at the same time?

Great question! 

During the single paper submission process there is an option to select if you'd like to have your paper considered for poster presentation in the event that it is not accepted for a panel. As long as that box is checked, your submission will be considered for both presentation types.

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Will super session submissions be considered for anything else?

Great question!  Any super session submissions not accepted as that session type, will be considered for a smaller roundtable session during the conference.

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Can you explain the role of the organizer in the roundtable? Can this person also be a speaker or moderator?

Of course!  The Organizer has no official role at the conference - they are simply the person who led the way in pulling the session together.  Becuase they have no official role, they are more than welcome to serve as either a chair, discussant, or a presenting author.

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I planned to submit a panel with other two presenters. Do I need to submit my paper to the single paper session as well? Thanks!

You do not.  The system will not allow the same paper to be submitted twice so you simply need to submit your paper as part of the panel.  

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