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2022 Fall Research Conference

Questions & Answers

Membership

Q: Why does APPAM have both individual and institutional members?

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At the time APPAM was founded in the late 1970s, the plan was for the organization to be predominately an institutional membership association. APPAM would bring together the resources of public policy schools and policy research organizations to support a new conference and a new journal (JPAM). These activities were seen as important professional opportunities for an emerging field of policy and management research. At that time, institutional membership offered a way for the fledgling association to raise the financial resources necessary to launch. Within a few years, the growing body of individual members asked for and achieved a voice in APPAM’s governance, gaining the right to directly elect the Policy Council. Today APPAM continues to attract new institutional members who appreciate the conferences and the journal, lending their support to both. 

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Q: Why does APPAM have three different dues rates for professional members?

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APPAM’s dues are dictated by a member's salary. In an effort to be sensitive to those members new to the public policy community, APPAM created three tiers of dues, all dependent on a member’s salary.

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Q: How long can a person remain a student member?

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A person can remain a student member for 5 years. They must be enrolled at an accredited university in a program of public policy or public affairs to be a student member. A student membership is only $40 annually and includes a subscription to JPAM, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

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Q: Who votes in the APPAM Policy Council election? Why participate?

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All APPAM individual members are eligible to vote in the Council election. Since 2004, the election is held online for one month beginning in the middle of November.

Among the three members selected by the general membership, one will be a self-identified practitioner and the other two slots filled by academic members. (In 2013, the membership voted to reduce the size of the Policy Council from 40 to 29 members by 2017.)

Furthermore, members of the Council often serve on the Fall Conference Program Committee. This means that APPAM members have significant representation on the Council, and the Council itself is involved in APPAM’s most important activities. For these reasons, participation in the Council election is a substantive opportunity for members to determine what the Association does.

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JPAM

Q: How often is JPAM produced?

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The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) is produced 4 times a year. It is available in print and online. Every member of APPAM receives issues of JPAM 4 times a year.

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Q: How is JPAM produced?

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JPAM is produced through an editorial office by an editor and their team. The editors serve five year terms and apply through a proposal process for the position. The editors are chosen by APPAM’s Policy Council. Maureen Pirog, the current editor of JPAM, will maintain her editorship through June of 2014. 

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Q: How is JPAM produced?

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JPAM is produced through an editorial office by an editor and their team. The editors serve five year terms and apply through a proposal process for the position. The editors are chosen by APPAM’s Policy Council. Erdal Tekin is the current Editor of JPAM

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Governance

Q: Who has served as chair of the APPAM Institutional Representatives? How are they selected?

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In 1985, APPAM created the Committee of Institutional Representatives and asked each member institution to appoint a representative to the committee. To date, the chairs of the Institutional Representatives have been the following:

Anita Summers, University of Pennsylvania (1985-1989)
Irwin Feller, Penn State University (1989-1991)
Charles Metcalf, Mathematica Policy Research (1991-1993)
Glen Hahn Cope, University of Illinois-Springfield (1993-1995)
Jack Krauskopf, New School (1995-1996)
Mark Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon University (1997-1999)
Susan Schwab, University of Maryland-College Park (1999-2001)
Eugenia Toma, University of Kentucky (2001-2003)
Michael Luger, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2003-2005)
Michael O’Hare, University of California-Berkeley (2005-2007)
Sandra Archibald, Univeristy of Washington (2007-2009)
Carolyn Heinrich, University of Wisconsin (2009-2011)
Joseph Cordes, George Washington University (2011-2013)
Michael Shires, Pepperdine University (2013 - 2015)
Juliet Musso, University of Southern California (2015 - 2017)
Patty Troppe, Westat (2017 - 2019)

Note: Affiliations listed were at time of service as chair.

The new chair is nominated by a three-person committee appointed by the outgoing chair from among the Institutional Representatives. The nominee is presented to the Institutional Representatives at their annual spring meeting, and, if approved, serves for two years as chair and as a member of the Executive Committee of the APPAM Policy Council. A person can serve multiple terms as chair.

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Q: How are the members of the Fall Conference Program Committee selected? Do the same people serve on the committee from year to year?

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The APPAM president-elect appoints the Program Committee each year. The 35 to 40 members of the committee are selected because of their expertise in the topic areas of the conference, and several people are often placed on the committee to review proposals in a large area like education or health. The APPAM president-elect often recruits many members of the Program Committee from among the APPAM Policy Council. This enhances the role of the Council in the management of APPAM’s most important annual event.

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Fall Research Conference

Q: How can I submit a proposal for the conference?

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We will accept panel, roundtable, paper, and poster proposals for the conference from February 3 - April 6, 2016.  You can go directly to the submission system by clicking here or visit the submission information page on the APPAM website for more information.

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Q: What happens to a proposal after it is submitted?

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Proposals go through the following process:

Your proposal is assigned to a specific policy area, based on the primary category chosen during the submission process.

All the proposals will be supplied to the Fall Conference Program Committee for review. The committee members may recommend to the APPAM president-elect that your proposal be accepted, rejected, or modified. The president-elect makes the final decision on all proposals.

You will be notified by e-mail in mid-July about the status of your proposal for the conference. If accepted, the APPAM office will include your proposal in the preliminary and final conference programs, and send you information about your responsibilities as a conference participant.

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Q: When will I know if my proposal submission will be included in the conference?

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Accept or reject notifications will be sent to all submitters in mid-July. 

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Q: Why does APPAM hold the Fall Conferences in Washington, DC every other year?

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Beginning in 1985, APPAM has held every conference in an odd-numbered year in Washington, DC. This pattern emerged because of the interest of practitioners in the Washington area (and especially federal government officials) in the research presented at the Fall Research Conference. The conferences held in Washington, DC in recent years have been strongly attended by non-academics. In 2003, APPAM surveyed several leadership groups and the individual membership regarding whether to continue the every-other-year pattern in Washington, DC, and found that all were in support of that arrangement.

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Q: What is the typical schedule for a Fall Conference?

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The Fall Research Conference typically occurs over the first Thursday through Saturday of November each year, although occasionally the conference may occur in the last week of October or the second week of November to avoid conflict with Halloween in the United States. The following sample schedule indicates key dates in the annual cycle of the conference; note that these dates may be modified in any specific year.

Fall Research Conference: Example Schedule

Dates = Conference Event
Mid-January = Conference theme announced, Call for Proposals issued
April = Deadline to submit proposals online through the APPAM website
July = Proposal status notifications available
July-August = Early registration begins
July-August = Preliminary program available online
September = Special deadline for paper presenters to register for the conference
September - October = Last day for early registration online

 

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Q: What is the role of the Program Committee and who appoints it?

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The APPAM president-elect appoints the Program Committee each year. The 50 members of the committee are selected because of their expertise in the topic areas of the conference, and two or three persons are often placed on the committee to review proposals in a larger topic area such as education policy or public management.

On average, 30% of the members on one year's committee will serve the next year. This overlap enhances the institutional memory and management experience of the proposal review process.

The APPAM president-elect often recruits many members of the Program Committee from among the APPAM Policy Council. This enhances the role of the Council in the management of APPAM's most important annual event. The Program Committee reviews all proposals submitted to the conference and makes recommendations to the president-elect regarding what to accept for sessions. Ultimately, the president-elect has final authority over the composition of each conference.

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Q: What is the role of the Program Committee and who appoints it?

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The APPAM president-elect appoints the Program Committee each year. The 50 members of the committee are selected because of their expertise in the topic areas of the conference, and two or three persons are often placed on the committee to review proposals in a larger topic area such as education policy or public management.

On average, 30% of the members on one year's committee will serve the next year. This overlap enhances the institutional memory and management experience of the proposal review process.

The APPAM president-elect often recruits many members of the Program Committee from among the APPAM Policy Council. This enhances the role of the Council in the management of APPAM's most important annual event. The Program Committee reviews all proposals submitted to the conference and makes recommendations to the president-elect regarding what to accept for sessions. Ultimately, the president-elect has final authority over the composition of each conference.

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Q: How are proposals submitted to the conference?

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All Fall Research Conference proposals must be submitted online using an online system. Persons submitting individual papers may designate they will or will not accept a poster session if offered one. APPAM asks that all proposals provide abstracts and complete contact information for persons linked to the proposals. APPAM does not ask for completed papers at the time of submission nor expect that the papers be finished until about a month prior to the meetings.

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Q: How can I increase the likelihood of being accepted for APPAM?

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Here are some tips for improving a proposal to increase the chances of getting accepted:

  • Propose a complete panel rather than an individual paper. The program committee consists entirely of volunteers. By proposing a complete panel, you are simplifying their work considerably, especially if the proposal shines in terms of its overall quality and coherence. When you submit an individual paper proposal, you are speculating that there will be several other papers submitted on a similar topic, and that the program committee will have the opportunity to assemble an ad hoc panel.
  • Propose a panel that builds on the conference theme. The program committee appreciates proposals that reflect the theme set by the APPAM president-elect. The theme is traditionally broad enough to encompass a wide variety of proposals, and usually about 25% of all submissions directly reflect the theme.
  • Propose a panel that includes some senior researchers who are known to the field. Junior-level researchers may not be able to recruit these individuals to present papers but they may find it relatively easy to find senior people to serve as panel chairs and discussants.
  • Propose a panel that is diverse along several dimensions including institutional affiliation, gender, race/ethnicity, and national emphasis. APPAM has a policy of not accepting panels for the research conference in which all of the paper presenters have the same institutional affiliation. Any such panel proposal will be revised before being accepted. APPAM also has made a conscious effort to encourage gender and racial/ethnic diversity in all areas of the conference, and that effort will intensify in future years.
  • Show off your data. The APPAM conference is the place to bring new data to bear on crucial research questions. Papers and panels that demonstrate new data for the inspection of the APPAM community always are of great interest to the program committee.
  • Co-author with seasoned APPAM participants. By attending the APPAM conferences, you will have the opportunity to network with some of the most influential researchers in public policy and management. Hopefully, that networking will translate into opportunities for collaboration on future research to be submitted to the conference.

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Q: What are the procedures for getting a visa invitation letter to travel to the Fall Conference from outside the U.S.?

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APPAM will provide visa invitation letters upon request to authors accepted to present papers or to otherwise participate in sessions at the Fall Research Conference. Please note that all persons participating on the program are required to register for the conference. Other persons interested in attending the meetings must pay a non-refundable registration fee if they wish to request a visa letter. To request a visa invitation letter, please contact Meghan Grenda at mgrenda@appam.org 

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Q: What is the theme of this year's conference?

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The theme of the 2016 conference is The Role of Research in Making Government More Effective. This theme was selected by APPAM President-Elect Carolyn Heinrich.

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General Association Info

Q: Does APPAM engage in lobbying on behalf of its members?

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As a recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, APPAM is permitted to engage in limited lobbying and cannot make lobbying one of its central missions. However, APPAM is an affiliated member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), which represents the views of the social science research community to the federal government to encourage public support for research. 

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Equity & Inclusion Fellowships

Q: I am currently a Masters student and will be a PhD student in November, which Fellowship should I apply for?

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You should apply for the Student Fellowship.

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Q: I am currently a PhD student and but have already received my Masters, which Fellowship should I apply for?

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You should apply for the Student Fellowship.

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Q: I am currently a Masters student and working full-time, which Fellowship should I apply for?

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 You should apply for the Student Fellowship.

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Q: I am currently working full-time and will be a Masters/PhD student in November, which Fellowship should I apply for?

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You should apply for the Student Fellowship.

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Q: I am currently a PhD student and will have received my degree by November, which Fellowship should I apply for?

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You should apply for the Young Professionals Fellowship.

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Q: Where can I view past cohorts?

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Please see the last five years of Equity and Inclusion Fellows below:

2020 Fellows
2019 Fellows
2018 Fellows
2017 Fellows
2016 Fellows
 

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Career Connections

Q: Who can use the new job board?

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APPAM Career Connections is available to all members and public.

Institutional Members can enjoy complimentary 30, 60, or 90 days postings.  Upgrades to featured posting will have a small fee.  Non-member institutions will be charged a fee for posting open jobs.

Job seekers do not have to be APPAM members and all functions of the job board are complimentary.

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Q: How much does it cost to use Career Connections?

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Basic posts on Career Connections are free of charge for APPAM Institutional Members though upgrades to featured jobs will have a small fee. Employers that are not institutional members will need to pay for a 30, 60, or 90 day posting. 


Job Seekers can use Career Connections for free.

 

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Q: Who can see my resume?

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You can control who sees your resume. 

When uploading your resume, you may select “Yes, add my resume to the Resume Bank” which means all employers with an active job posting will have access to your resume and could reach out to you.

Additionally, you may select “No, allow only this employer to view my resume.” and it will not be added to the Resume Bank.

To have a resume removed from the Resume Bank, please contact info@appam.org.

 

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Q: How do I apply for a posted position?

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To apply for a position, please select 'Apply' on the top right part of the posting's page.  If the employer has added a Quick Apply option, you will be able to apply directly within Career Connections. If they have not added Quick Apply, please follow the employer's instructions as laid out in the posting description.

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Q: What industries are covered by the job board?

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Career Connections is organizaed by the following industry types:

  • Academic
  • Government
  • NGO/Non-Profit
  • Non-Academic Research
  • Other

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Q: How do I know if my organization is an institutional member?

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Please email membership@appam.org to confirm whether or not your organization is a member.

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Q: My organization is an institutional member but the site is charging me a fee. How do I use my member benefit?

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Only the institutional representative's APPAM credentials will automatically waive the posting fee.  If you're part of an institutional member organization but not the institutional representative, please contact your representative and ask for the discount code to waive the fee.

Not sure who your institutional representative is?  Email membership@appam.org and we can point you in the right direction.

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Q: I am a professional member. Can I post a position for free?

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Only if you are employed by an organization that is also an institutional member.  Complimentary postings are a benefit of our institutional memberships and as such, the only organizations able to waive the posting fee.  Any organization that is not a member will be charged a posting fee.

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Conference Submission FAQs

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 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: NEW in 2022! In place of the APPAM Regional Student Conference, APPAM is now accepting student research submissions at the Annual Fall Research Conference. Presenting authors must be active students at the time of the November conference. 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 Fall Conference.
 

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 up to four speakers plus a moderator.

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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 or a supersession?

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Roundtable and super session 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 2022 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 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 particpant, 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 Monday, April 18, 2022. We extended the original deadline of April 8th to April 18th on March 31, 2022.

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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 & Super Sessions – 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 & Super Sessions – 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 2022 APPAM Fall Research Conference is scheduled to be fully in-person at this time.

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Q: What is the new Student Research submission type?

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This is a new submission type established in 2022 to highlight student research at the APPAM Fall Research Conference. Submitted research must have been conducted by a student, but the research may be presented post-graduation. Submissions require a paper title, 100 – 500 abstract, and a presenting author that can attend the annual conference. Full papers are not required at the time of submission, but will be required one-month prior to the conference. Student research submissions will be combined to form a cohesive panel with four student research papers, a chair, and up to two discussants based on policy area and paper topic. Student research sessions will be scheduled throughout the normal conference programming. Student papers that are not accepted as a panel paper may be considered for a poster if submitter opts into that at the time of submission.

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2022 Fall Research Conference

Q: My proposal was not accepted for inclusion in the conference - how can I participate in the conference?

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The APPAM office works closely with the Program Committee to recruit chairs and discussants for panel sessions. You can volunteer to serve as chair or discussant for a particular session. The call for volunteers will open in September.

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Q: How is the conference theme selected, and what is its purpose?

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The APPAM president-elect is the chairperson of the Program Committee and selects the theme for that year's Fall Research Conference. APPAM began the practice of selecting themes for the Fall Research Conference in 1994. The theme shapes several aspects of the conference, including the special symposia, outreach by APPAM to research on new topics, and the overall response to the Call for Proposals.

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Q: When and where is the 2022 Fall Research Conference being held?

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The 2022 Fall Research Conference will be held November 17-19, 2022 in Washington D.C. There will also be governance meetings and a pre-conference workshop held on Wednesday, November 16. 

 

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Q: How many sessions will be at the conference this year?

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There will be just over 300 sessions at the conference this year, plus a number of special events including policy area super sessions, receptions, lunches, and networking mixers.

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Q: Do I have to register online for the conference?

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All registrations in advance must be completed at APPAM.org. Registrations can be made using Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express cards. 

Please note that during the registration process, you will be given the opportunity to print an invoice for your registration should you not wish to pay online. You must send that invoice, along with your payment, to the APPAM office if you choose this option. 

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Q: Where can I find the 2022 Online Program?

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The Online Program for the 2022 conference can be found here.

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Q: Where can I find sponsorship, exhibiting, and advertising information for the conference?

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We will have many opportunities for sponsorship, exhibiting, and advertising at the conference.  Complete details are available here.

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Q: Will you require vaccinations, masks and social distancing in November?

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Attendees are required to be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2022. Masks are not currently required and Washington D.C. does not require masks indoors at this time. Attendees who have provided mobile numbers at registration will receive a text message from 42Chat with a link to upload documents. If you did not receive a text message, please visit the registration page for more information

 

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Q: Are there any virtual sessions this year?

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No, the conference is fully in-person in Washington D.C.

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Q: What else are you doing to make the conference safe?

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In addition to requiring vaccinations, we will have sanitizing stations set up throughout the conference area. Masks will be available at the registration desk as well. 

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