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#2023APPAM Fall Research Conference Submissions

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Policy that Matters: Making Public Services Work for All

November 9 - 11, 2023  | Hyatt Regency|  Atlanta, GA.

As our 45th annual meeting, the 2023 APPAM Fall Research Conference will be a multi-disciplinary research conference attracting the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues. The conference is comprised of special events, super sessions, panels, roundtables, and poster presentations and is designed to encourage substantive interaction among participants.

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Proposal Submission Information

Submissions for the 2023 APPAM Fall Research Conference open in early February 2023 and will be due in April 12, 2023. Please check back soon for official open and close date.

The following submission types will be solicited in the conference’s 15 policy areas:

Panel: Panels include a session organizer, chair, one to two discussants, and three to four papers. Panels with four papers are encouraged to have two discussants. Presenting authors may not serve as the chair or discussant on the same panel. Individuals may present on up to two panels throughout the conference, though they may serve as a chair or discussant unlimited times.
 

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 one of two poster sessions.
 

Roundtable: Roundtables do not include papers, 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 up to four speakers plus a moderator. The moderator cannot also be a speaker in the same session.
 

Single Papers: Single papers are proposals that will later be combined with other single papers to be presented as cohesive panel sessions around a single topic.
 

Student Research: APPAM is pleased to once again accept student research paper submissions at the Fall Conference. Submitted research must have been conducted by a current student or recent graduate student. Student research submissions will be combined to form a cohesive panel with four student research papers, a chair, and up to two discussants. These sessions will take place throughout the conference.
 

Workshops: NEW in 2023! APPAM is seeking workshop proposals that will take place during regular conference programming over an extended 180-minute timeslot. Workshops should be interdisciplinary, hands-on and interactive, or focused on a special interest or skill training topic. Workshop proposals must include one moderator/facilitator and up to four speakers.

 

APPAM is no longer accepting Super Session proposals. Instead, each policy area will receive one reserved Roundtable timeslot for a timely and broadly appealing topic of the Program Committee's choosing.


 

Helpful Tips

Here are a few helpful tips: 

  • Submissions that demonstrate diversity in terms of organizational affiliations, professional roles, race/ethnicity, content, author/participant backgrounds and/or ideology & methodology - through questionnaire answers - will be prioritized in the review process.  

  • Panels and Roundtables that are interdisciplinary will also be prioritized in the review process. Sessions should have multidisciplinary perspectives, which could include: political science, psychology, economics, history, education, law, public health, medicine, business, and other disciplines.
     
  • Individuals may only serve as a presenting author on two panels throughout the conference, though they may serve in other roles unlimited times.

  • Individuals may not serve as a chair or discussant for a panel on which they are also presenting a paper.

  • The final phase of the acceptance process will specifically entail vetting submissions for the aforementioned types of diversity and multidisciplinary perspectives.

 

Confex Gateway Submission Portal

New in 2023, the APPAM Conference Submission Portal, will be your access point for all your submissions and sessions you are part of for the 2023 APPAM Fall Research Conference. Please make sure that you use the same email address for all associated roles, such as presenting author, session chair, or moderator. With this portal, you can view and modify all your abstract submissions  and associated roles in one place.
 

Important Dates to Remember

Submissions Open February 1
Submissions Close April 12
Accept/Reject Notifications Sent Late-July 2023
2023 Fall Research Conference November 9-11, 2023

 

Questions?

Questions about the conference should continue to be directed to conferencesupport@appam.org.

 

Conference Submission FAQs Questions

Questions & Answers

Q: What types of proposals does APPAM usually invite?

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We are soliciting abstracts for (1) individual papers to be integrated into panels, (2) panels made up of 3-4 papers, (3) roundtables, (4) workshops and (5) posters and (6) student research papers.

Submission Definitions

Panel: Panels include a session organizer, chair, one to two discussants, and three to four papers. Panels with four papers are encouraged to have two discussants. Presenting authors may not serve as the chair or discussant on the same panel. Individuals may present on up to two panels throughout the conference, though they may serve as a chair or discussant unlimited times.
 

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 one of two poster sessions.
 

Roundtable: Roundtables do not include papers, 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 up to four speakers plus a moderator. The moderator cannot also be a speaker in the same session.
 

Single Papers: Single papers are proposals that will later be combined with other single papers to be presented as cohesive panel sessions around a single topic.
 

Student Research: APPAM is pleased to once again accept student research paper submissions at the Fall Conference. Submitted research must have been conducted by a current student or recent graduate student. Student research submissions will be combined to form a cohesive panel with four student research papers, a chair, and up to two discussants. These sessions will take place throughout the conference.
 

Workshops: NEW in 2023! APPAM is seeking workshop proposals that will take place during regular conference programming over an extended 180-minute timeslot. Workshops should be interdisciplinary, hands-on and interactive, or focused on a special interest or skill training topic. Workshop proposals must include one moderator/facilitator and up to four speakers.

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Q: What information do I need to submit a panel?

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In order to submit you will need the names, email addresses and affiliations of 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 Author Contact Information
  6. One chair and one or two discussants
  7. One session organizer

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Q: What does a strong panel look like?

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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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Q: Why are a chair and discussant required?

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One of the most challenging aspects of putting together the fall conference is identifying knowledgeable attendees who are willing and able to serve as chairs and/or discussants. By requiring you to identify a chair and discussant at the time of submission you are assisting committee members and staff in creating complete and focused panels early on. When including a chair and discussant on your panel, make sure the people identified know you have listed them. We contact all listed chairs and discussants when we sent out acceptance notices and it is very difficult to explain to listed participants that they were listed as a chair or discussant by the submitter when they were unaware and are unwilling to participate. When selecting chairs and discussants, please make sure they know they will be required to pay a registration fee to participate in the conference.

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Q: What information do I need to submit a roundtable?

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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 (who is not a speaker in the session)
  • One organizer with contact information

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Q: When will acceptances/rejections be sent out?

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

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

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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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Q: What if my submission fits into two policy areas?

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You will be asked to select a primary policy area, based on the 15 areas identified for the 2023 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 secondary area is only used for review purposes and will not have any impact on how the work is presented at the conference, should it be accepted.

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

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If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact appam@confex.com. If you have a question about the conference or specific submission criteria, please contact conferencesupport@appam.org.

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

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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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Q: What are the chair and discussant roles?

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

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

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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 Fall Research Conference.  

The Single Paper Listing will be opened in mid-February, and will be updated weekly through the submission deadline. Linked here.

If you submitted a single paper that you now want to use as part of a panel, you need to withdraw the paper and resubmit it as part of the panel. Papers cannot be submitted twice.

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

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We will begin accepting submissions in early February.  The deadline for all submissions will be mid-April 2023. There will be no extension this year.

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Q: Do all individuals in my submission need to register and attend the #2022APPAM Conference?

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All active conference participants must register, pay the full conference registration fee, and attend your scheduled session.

  • Active session roles include:
    • Panels – Chairs, discussants, presenting authors
    • Roundtables & Workshops – Moderators and speakers
    • Posters & Papers – Presenting authors
  • Inactive session roles do not need to register or attend the conference. These roles include:
    • Panels – Submitters, organizers & co-authors
    • Roundtables & Workshops – Submitters & organizers
    • Posters & Papers – Submitters & co-authors

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Q: I’m submitting a paper. Do I need to have my full paper ready at the time of submission? Will my paper be public?

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Full papers do not need to be shared until one-month before the conference. Most authors choose to upload their papers into the Online Program so they’re available for download. If you do not want your paper to be made public, you will be required to share it directly with your discussant so they can prepared feedback.

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Q: Will there be virtual or hybrid opportunities?

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The 2023 APPAM Fall Research Conference is scheduled to be fully in-person at this time.

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Q: What is the new Workshop submission type?

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NEW in 2023! APPAM is seeking workshop proposals that will take place during regular conference programming over an extended 180-minute timeslot. Workshops should be interdisciplinary, hands-on and interactive or focused on a special interest or skill training topic. Workshop proposals must include one moderator/facilitator and up to four speakers.

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Q: What is the user portal submission?

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New in 2023, APPAM Conference Submission Portal, will be your access point for all your submissions and sessions you are part of for the 2023 APPAM Fall Research Conference. Please make sure that you use the same email address for all associated a role, such as presenting author, session chair, or moderator.  With this portal, you can view and modify all your abstract submissions  and associated roles in one place.

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