Call For Abstracts

AASP's 30th Annual Conference
October 14-17, 2015
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana USA


Submission Opens Monday, January 12, 2015

Submission Closes Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) will be accepting conference abstract submissions for its 30th Annual Conference from January 12, 2015 through February 17, 2015. The program will consist of pre-conference continuing education workshops, invited keynote addresses, symposia, workshops, lectures, and poster sessions.

Abstracts addressing the scientist-practitioner perspective are strongly encouraged. The scientist-practitioner focus involves an identification of the reciprocal relationships among theory, research, and interventions/practice. For example, theory-based empirical research presentations should draw the link to the applied implications of the research findings. Similarly, presentations that feature applied interventions and practice should clarify the relationship with current theory or research.

Abstract Review Process & Scoring
Please make your abstract as complete and descriptive as possible. To be considered for full review, all specified information must be included in your online submission. The electronic submission method allows you to submit your presentation instantly and directly into the conference program database. All accepted abstracts will be provided to conference attendees.

Abstracts will be double-blind reviewed and scored in each of the following four areas (31 maximum points):

1. Quality of writing
Writing quality will be evaluated on a 1 (poor) to 7 (excellent) scale. As part of the writing evaluation, grammar, clarity of expression, and appropriate use of APA citations will be considered.

2. Applicability to member interests
Reviewers will evaluate their perception of the applicability of the topic to member interests on a 1 (not at all applicable) to 7 (extremely applicable) scale. Applicability may be determined by the interest of members, the professional development of members, the importance of this topic to the profession, or the uniqueness of the project (is this something that provides a new perspective versus something that has been presented in the past on numerous occasions).

3. Use of the scientist-practitioner model
Reviewers will evaluate the use of the scientist-practitioner model on a 1 (lacking support or application) to 7 (excellent support and application) scale. A scientific-practitioner focus involves an identification of the reciprocal relationships among theory, research, and interventions/practice. The science-practice relationship can be emphasized through the use of session moderators, symposia discussants, and workshop facilitators that can highlight these themes and connections.

4. Overall quality of submission
Reviewers will evaluate the overall quality of the submission on a 1 (extremely poor) to 10 (excellent) scale. High scores on the quality of submission are reflective of submissions that have a positive impact on the conference program.

General Conference Policies
• Submitting members shall comply with the following conference policies, with respect to the submission of abstracts. For a complete list of ethical guidelines for submissions, please go to Ethical Guidelines for Presenters.
• There is no limit on the number of abstract submissions that each member may submit. However, because of space limitations in the program, the Conference Planning Committee will accept only one first author abstract per member.
• An abstract can only be submitted one time. It is unethical to submit an abstract to two different submission types (e.g., lecture and poster, continuing education workshop and symposium).
• All identified presenters on the abstract(s) must be current members of AASP (please refer to the description of the Symposia and Workshops under the "Types of Submissions" for exceptions) and must be certain that they will be attending the conference, barring unforeseen emergencies. Note: Non-presenting authors do not need to be active members.
• Identifiable information in the body of the abstract is not permitted. In order to ensure a blind review of the abstract, all identifiable information (e.g., reference to the presenters or university name and excessive referencing to personal work) should be removed from the abstract.
• The submission of "work in progress" is discouraged. Members submitting research abstracts should have their results analyzed and findings completed prior to and included in the abstract.
• Fragmentation is discouraged. Reasonable exceptions (e.g., projects with multiple studies, multiple data collections) should be clearly stated in the abstract.
• Should sensitive information be proposed as part of the presentation, the submitting presenter must indicate as such in the abstract submission and must notify the Chair of the Conference Planning Committee by sending an e-mail to: scientific@appliedsportpsych.org.

In addition, while delivering a conference presentation, it is expected that:
• All language and content in the presentation be appropriate and not offensive or insensitive.
• If academic research is presented within the presentation, the presenter(s) indicate(s) that data was gathered after receiving IRB approval from their respective institutions or other approving body.
• Any data or details pertaining to the subjects of the presentation remain anonymous through the removal of names, locations, dates, professional positions, pictures, or other identifying information (unless permission to share those details is given).

For additional guidance, please refer to Presentation Tips located in our resource center located here

Types of Submissions

1. Symposia include presentations by 3 to 5 individuals organized around a particular topic or theme. You may request either 60 or 75 minutes, although time is determined by availability of slots. For symposia, it is desirable but not required to include a discussant. A general abstract plus two supporting abstracts must be included or the system will not allow the submission as a symposium. The general abstract must contain a description of the topic and purpose of the symposium, a statement of the significance of the topic and a brief overview of each presentation. Each supporting abstract should outline information being presented. It is suggested that the symposium coordinator collect individual abstracts from the co-presenters to facilitate the writing of the general abstract. The general abstract and all supporting abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. NOTE: Presenters for a symposium must be identified for the submission by checking the "presenter" box when adding an author. Presenters and discussants must be current members of AASP. It is possible to request to add a non-member to a symposium. Examples of non-members that might be added to a symposium might be a coach, athlete, athletic administrator, other performer, or military personnel. To request to add a non-member to a symposium, please check the appropriate box and the scientific program chair will be notified. The scientific program chair will contact the submitting author to discuss the non-member request. The abstract can be submitted with the decision to accept the non-member as a pending decision.

2. Workshops provide opportunities for individuals to share professional practice strategies through demonstrations and hands-on experiences for participants. You may request either 60 or 75 minutes, although time is determined by the availability of slots. Workshop abstracts must include: a statement of the specific learning objectives, teaching methods, specific techniques, and a description of materials that will be shared with workshop participants. Abstracts submitted without these components are likely to be rejected. NOTE: All presenters must be current members of AASP. It is possible to request to add a non-member to a workshop. Examples of non-members that might be added to a workshop might be a coach, athlete, athletic administrator, other performer, or military personnel. To request to add a non-member to a workshop, please check the appropriate box and the scientific program chair will be notified. The scientific program chair will contact the submitting author to discuss the non-member request. The abstract can be submitted with the decision to accept the non-member as a pending decision.

3. Lectures are single-speaker presentations on research, applied topics, and/or intervention techniques. Lecture presentations are limited to 15 minutes in length, with 12 minutes of presentation and 3 minutes for questions. Lectures will be combined with other presentations of similar topics into 60 – 90 minute blocks. NOTE: The author presenting the lecture must be identified by clicking the "presenter" box during the submission process and must be a current member of AASP.

4. Poster sessions permit members to present research findings, applied materials, and/or techniques within an atmosphere that encourages interaction with persons who come to view the posters. While posters may be displayed all day, interactive poster sessions are 90 minutes and it is expected that the presenter of a poster will be present for the full 90 minutes. Multiple posters addressing separate components of the same research study are strongly discouraged. NOTE: The member presenting the poster must be identified by clicking the "presenter" box during the submission process and must be a current member of AASP.

NOTE: submission of continuing education workshops must be submitted to the Continuing Education Committee for review.

Possible Reassignment of Proposals
To maximize the quality of the program and give as many people as possible the opportunity to present, a proposal may be reassigned to a different format. This is particularly true of lectures and posters. Authors have the right to decline any reassignment without penalty, if such notification is communicated to the Scientific Program Chair (scientific@appliedsportpsych.org) by June 17, 2015.

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