Submission Guidelines


The conference will focus on relationship across multiple topics:

• communication
•separation/individualization
• intimacy
•friendship
•forgiveness
• dating
• support
• sexuality
•caregiving
•attachment
• conflict
•enmeshment
•stalking
•competition
•jealousy
•disengagement
• power
• violence

Proposals with alternative topics will be given full consideration. A special focus will be on new research methods in relationship research:

• Quantitative methods
• Qualitative methods
• Mixed-methods

NOTE: Expedited review: To accommodate international travel and special circumstances that may warrant an extended period between decision notification and the conference, we are offering expedited reviews to those whose circumstances qualify. Expedited review will only be granted in situations that would otherwise prohibit a presenter from traveling to the conference. You will be able to indicate this option when you submit your proposal. Proposals submitted for expedited review are due on January 10, 2020 and notifications will be granted within two weeks (January 24, 2020).

Selection Criteria


1. Focus of the proposal is on emerging adulthood (age range 18-29).

2. Importance of the topic related to the Thematic session focus: close relationships topics and innovative research methods.

3. For empirical presentations, methods must be appropriate for the research question(s). Research using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods are all encouraged.

Formats

Proposals consistent with the conference theme are encouraged, but all proposals will be given full consideration. Three types of submission formats will be considered (each is described further below): individual papers, posters, and paper symposia.


Individual papers

Individual Paper proposals will be grouped into sessions of 4 papers. These standalone individual papers will be organized into thematic sessions regarding a similar theme by the conference organizing committee.

Sessions will be assigned a Chair by the Program Committee. Each session will be 90 minutes. Presenters will be allotted 15 minutes each; 30 minutes will be reserved for a Q&A period to be led by the Chair. NOTE: Some proposals submitted as paper presentations may be accepted as poster presentations.

 Individual paper presentations proposals are encouraged to present empirical findings from new lines of research that are not yet published.

Submissions for paper presentations should include a proposal of no more than 500 words (approximately 2 double-spaced pages) containing the following: title, introduction to the research question(s), description of methods, results, brief discussion and implications. In addition, proposals may contain up to two figures, tables, charts or graphs (reference list is not required).

Posters

Individual Posters will be presented during general poster sessions. These sessions offer an opportunity to share empirical findings with a wide audience of conference attendees. Empirical findings that encourage discussion with audience members are well-suited for poster presentations.

Submissions for poster presentations should include a proposal of no more than 500 words (approximately 2 double-spaced pages) containing the following: title, introduction to the research question(s), description of methods, results, brief discussion and/or implications. In addition, proposals may contain up to two figures, tables, charts or graphs (reference list is not required).

Paper symposia

The organizer of the symposium will also be the Chair, who organizes the paper presentations and facilitates a Q & A following the presentations. Paper Symposia must include an integrative statement of no more than 500 words prepared by the Chair. The integrative statement will include a (i) title of the Paper Symposium, (ii) rationale for bringing the papers together, and (iii) discussion of the themes the papers address. Moreover, a Paper Symposium includes 3 or 4 presentations focused on a common theme. The session of 3 papers can have a Discussant who summarizes and comments on the presented papers.

Paper Symposium proposal including the integrative statement, each paper’s abstract and, when present, the name of Discussant must be submitted by the Chair. Paper Symposia will be scheduled for 90 minutes. Each paper and the discussion will be allotted 15 minutes for presentation; 30 minutes will be reserved for a Q & A period to be led by the Chair.

Submissions for paper symposia should include a proposal of no more than 500 words for each presentation that contains the following: title, introduction to the research question(s), description of methods, results, brief discussion and/or implications. In addition, proposals may contain up to two figures, tables, charts or graphs (reference list is not required).

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