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#2021APPAM - The Power of Inclusion Submissions

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The Power of Inclusion: Incorporating Diverse Voices in Public Policy Analysis and Management

November 11 - 13, 2021  | JW Marriott Austin |  Austin, Texas

Submissions are now CLOSED

 

As our 43nd annual meeting, the 2021 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. As of early February, we are planning to have #2021APPAM as an in-person event with very limited opportunities for virtual presentation.  We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will keep everyone apprised of any changes to the conference format.

 

Proposal Submission Information 2021 Policy Areas Submission Instructions Important Dates to Remember Submissions FAQ

 

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Proposal Submission Information

Submissions for the 2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference opened on February 3rd, 2021. All submissions were due by 11:59 PM PT on Sunday, April 11th, 2021.

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. Abstracts for individual papers and posters are required to be no longer than 500 words; if a panel of papers is proposed, we expect a summary of each paper plus an overarching description of the panel and its importance. Descriptions for roundtables are also required to be no longer than 500 words, plus a listing of participants and a summary of their contributions. Here are a few helpful tips:

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

  • Diversity in terms of proposal content and author/participant backgrounds are both priorities for this conference.  

  • 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. 

 

 

2021 Policy Areas

For our 43rd Fall Research Conference, we will accept submissions in fifteen policy areasFor a description of each policy area, please visit the policy areas webpage.

  • Crime, Justice and Drugs 
  • Education
  • Employment and Training Programs
  • Family and Child Policy
  • Health Policy
  • Housing, Community Development, and Urban Policy
  • Innovations in Science and Technology
  • Methods and Tools of Analysis
  • National Security and Homeland Security
  • National Resource Security, Energy, and Environmental Policy
  • Politics, Media, and the Policy Process
  • Population and Migration Issues
  • Poverty and Income Policy
  • Public and Nonprofit Management and Finance
  • Social Equity and Race

 

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A panel presenter at #2019APPAM.


 

Submission Instructions

The following specific instructions on the submission process were provided.

How to Submit a Panel

How to Submit a Paper

How to Submit a Poster

How to Submit a Roundtable

How to Submit a Super Session

 

Session Definitions

Panel - Panels include 3-4 papers.  A chair and at least one, and a maximum of two discussants are required.  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 only present up to two papers in panel sessions 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 each poster session. A first, second, and third pace winner will be selected from the presenters each day.

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 2-4 speakers plus a moderator.

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.

Super Sessions - Super Sessions are broadly-appealing sessions that will interest a large number of attendees, and cover an important and topical issue in public policy. This submission type should be interdisciplinary and be of interest to attendees across multiple policy areas. Super Session proposals should include 2-4 speakers plus a moderator.

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A poster presenter at #2019APPAM

 

Important Dates to Remember

Submissions Opened Week of February 1
Submissions Closed April 11
Accept/Reject Notifications Sent Late-July
2021 Fall Research Conference November 11-13

 

Questions?

Questions about the conference should continue to be directed to Samantha Oliver Thomason at soliver@appam.org.

 

Conference Submission FAQ 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) 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 two papers 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.  Super Sesions have 2-4 speakers, plus a moderator.

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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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 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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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
  • 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: I have four good papers in my panel, can I submit them?

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Yes, you may submit a panel with four papers. In the past there was a strong preference for three paper panels, as attendees prefer them, however APPAM will not show preference to panels with three papers.  Submitters of panels with four papers must be particularly careful to provide a description that stresses the value of the four papers being presented as one panel and how having four papers over three is beneficial.

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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 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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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 Samantha Oliver Thomason at soliver@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 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?

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If you have scheduling limitations, please email them to Tristanne Staudt at tstaudt@appam.org. 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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Q: Can I submit more than one proposal?

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Yes, you may submit as many proposals as you wish. However, you may only present up to two papers at the conference. If you submit more than two proposals, 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 two of your proposals are accepted.

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Q: Do you accept single paper submissions?

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Yes, APPAM accepts single paper submissions. But did you know that fully formed panels have a much better chance of being accepted for inclusion in the Fall Research Conference? To help submitters create fully formed panels, APPAM has created the Single Paper Listing for Panel Creation resource. Single papers are listed with your submitter’s contact information. APPAM encourages submitters to reach out to each other to try to create a fully formed panel. If you find a paper you would like to add to a panel, contact the submitter and see if they are interested in being part of the panel. Alternately, if you submit a single paper, others might contact you to see if you are interested in joining a panel. The page is updated every Wednesday and we strongly encourage you to use this important resource.

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: What are the chair and discussant roles?

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

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

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You can email Tristanne Staudt, tstaudt@appam.org, directly with your question.

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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 every Wednesday through the submission deadline.  

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 April 9, 2021.

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Q: Will super session submissions be considered for anything else?

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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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Q: What will the conference format be this year?

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We are currently planning for the conference to be held in-person with very limited opportunities for virtual presentation.  When submitting your proposal, you will be asked to note your presentation preference.  Please note that virtual presenation proposals will only be reviewed with other virtual presentation proposals.  Given the limited opportunities for these sessions, the acceptance rate is expected to be much lower than that for in-person presentation.

Of course, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will keep everyone apprised of any changes to the conference format.

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Q: Who will be notified of my proposal submission?

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Updated for 2021, now every participant listed in a submission will be notified when a proposal is succesfully submitted to the conference.  Please note that if you have multiple roles in a submission, (contact and presenting author, organizer and speaker, organizer and discussant, etc.), you will receive a confirmation email for each role.  

If you have any questions about an email you received, please contact Samantha Oliver Thomason, soliver@appam.org. 

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Q: Why are participants being asked to share demographic information?

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We will be contacting all participants included in submissions to add demographic information to their participant profile. This information will confidential and only used by APPAM staff to accurately measure the progress the association has made in their diversity and inclusion efforts. The specific information is completely voluntary and will not impact a submission’s confirmation, review, or acceptance.

The demographics being requested are: age, gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation.  Each field will include an 'Other' and 'Prefer not to say' option.  

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