The deadline for submitting final papers is typically a month out from the opening date of the conference and you will be notified and reminded of this deadline prior to it. If you do not send your final paper by the deadline, the discussant has the option of making no comments about your work.
Papers must be sent to the discussant of your session (not to the track chair, nor the conference organizers). The name and the email address of your discussant will be sent to you by email along with scheduling information from the ACSP conference organizers. This information can also be found by reviewing the session schedule posted to the web on the conference schedule page in early August and continually updated throughout September. If your discussant is not yet confirmed at the time of the deadline, the conference management office will advise you as soon as the discussant is confirmed and we will ask that you email your paper immediately to the discussant.
We also encourage you to send your final paper to the other presenters in your session. This will enhance and hopefully stimulate discussion after all presentations are made.
Do not send your final paper to conference organizers or the Association office. We do not pass them along or keep them on file.
Although there are no official guidelines on the format of your full paper, please submit your paper as an attachment to an email to your discussant and the other participants of your session. Microsoft Word is probably the most widely used and readily accessible software format - we suggest you use this software. We do recommend a 20-page limit as discussants only have as much time in their day as you do and we ask them to pre-read 3-5 papers prior to the conference.
ACSP does not publish a conference proceeding book and, therefore, ACSP does not publish style, spelling and usage guidelines. The ACSP Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER) states in its "Guide for Authors" (on the inside of back cover) that is uses the Chicago Manual of Style. Please also refer to the JPER Guide for any citation questions.
Questions about the text of your paper should be directed to your track chair. Questions about session cohesion should be directed to your discussant. Questions about conference logistics should be directed to conference organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.