Submission Instructions


Please NOTE that the abstract submission button will not appear on your SWPA profile page until your registration is complete and paid.

Important Submission Guidelines

SWPA only accepts abstracts through the SWPA online submission process. Thus, prior to submission, authors must create a SWPA profile on the SWPA website.

  • Choose the type of profile appropriate for your submission 
  • At least one author (the submitting author) on each submission to SWPA must be registered for the upcoming conference and paid in full. Note that SWPA combines registration and membership costs into a single cost.
  • All authors on a submission must complete a profile prior to submission to be included in the submission in the SWPA program.
  • The online submission process allows each organization to use the online review process (each organization controls its abstracts, reviewers, and acceptance decisions) and greatly facilitates building the master program.

After all project authors/co-authors have created a profile (and at least one has completed and paid for their SWPA conference registration), do the following to submit your abstract.

  • Log in to your home page and click the "Submit Abstract" link. The "Submit Abstract" page will only be active during the period when SWPA is accepting abstracts. 
  • Be sure to indicate the organization for which you are submitting in the pull-down menu.
  • During submission, you will indicate your desired presentation type (e.g., empirical work, theoretical work, etc.) and presentation format (e.g., talk, poster, workshop, symposia). 
  • Prepare your abstract by following the instructions for that type of presentation, then follow the instructions on the screen.
    • NOTE: You should only submit a single project / abstract one time – do not submit it multiple times under different formats or to more than one of the organizations.
  • You will enter each co-author. Authors/co-authors can only be added if they have completed a profile in the online system (the application will not accept names that do not have profiles in the system). We strongly recommend that all profiles be completed ahead of time so that all intended authors will be included in the submission.

Below, on this page, are the specific submission guidelines for the various SWPA types and formats. Our affiliate organizations may have different submission guidelines and cut-off dates.

SWPA Submission Formats and Types

In addition to all authors having a current profile, at least one author must have registered for the conference and paid their registration costs in full. SWPA anticipates that if an abstract is accepted, at least one author will participate in the convention.

Attendees can submit abstracts for consideration to present their work in one of several formats:

  1. Posters
  2. Talks
  3. Symposia
  4. Workshops
  5. Special Meetings

Further details about each of these types of programming can be found below.

Posters and Talks

Abstracts submitted for talks and posters must consist of the following delineated sections:

  1. Problem: Specify the importance of the problem to the current literature
  2. Method: Include the procedure used (Empirical Research) or proposed (Research Proposal) to collect data (as appropriate) where appropriate (not including Theoretical Contributions)
  3. Results: Include the actual (Empirical Research) or predicted (Research Proposal) findings where appropriate (not including Theoretical Contributions)
  4. Conclusions: Include the conclusions of the research and its relevance

Abstracts should include citations but do not include a reference list at the end of your abstract.

Please do not include tables or figures.

Abstracts for regular talks and posters are limited to 500 words.

  • This pertains to the text of the abstract itself and does not include the title or author(s) names

The maximum title length is 12 words.

All talks should consist of an approximately 15-minute presentation.

  • This time should include time for a question-and-answer period.

Presentation Categories

Empirical Reports

  • These presentations should report original research. 
  • Data collection, analysis, and interpretation are integral components
  • Focused on addressing theoretical and applied issues within the psychological and behavioral sciences.
  • Applicable to both Talk and Posters

Theoretical Contributions

  • These presentations emphasize theoretical analysis. 
  • Data collection is not mandatory.
  • They are aimed at addressing important issues within the psychological and behavioral sciences.
  • Examples include mathematical psychology, statistical methods, meta-analysis, cognitive science, etc.
  • Please Note: Submissions in this category are NOT eligible for student awards
  • Applicable for both Talks and Posters
Research Proposals
  • Intended to clarify the background and proposed methodology for investigating significant issues in the psychological and behavioral sciences.
  • Please Note: Submissions in this category are NOT eligible for student awards.
  • Exclusive to Posters
Student Award Submissions
  • Student competitions will follow existing procedures.
  • Competitors should submit their work for the graduate or undergraduate competition as appropriate.
  • Finalists will be expected to give talks in which they present their research.
  • Additional information and instructions for student award submissions can be found HERE.


Submissions from individuals (at least two presenters plus the session chair) wishing to present a symposium must include:

  1. A title (12-word max)
  2. A 50-word abstract summarizing the symposium;
  3. A summary of each of the symposium's participants' contributions to the symposium
    • The combined word count of these summaries should not exceed 500 words

All symposium participants must be SWPA members. Priority goes to those symposia that incorporate authors from different universities or professional affiliations. SWPA symposia and workshops are not required to present research project data.

Workshops and Special Meetings

Within the available time and space limits, SWPA will provide rooms for workshops and special meetings. 

Some workshops may qualify for Continuing Education Credit. Contact the Program Chair to discuss your request.

  • SWPA 2024's program chair is Dr. Tom Faulkenberry, who can be reached by clicking HERE

Workshop length may be 1 or 1.5 hours.

Submissions from individuals wishing to present a workshop must include

  1. A title (12-word max);
  2. An abstract summarizing the workshop
    • Maximum of 500 words for the text of the abstract itself

Teaching Demonstrations

We do host teaching demonstrations. All hoping to present teaching demonstrations should follow the workshop and special meeting submission guidelines.


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