Submission of Final Papers Deadline

  • Submit to Conference Organizers by October 5, 2015. Additional instructions follow.


Papers must be sent to the discussant of your session, other presenters in your session, AND conference organizers by separate deadlines (see below).

If you do not send your final paper by the deadline, the discussant has the option of making no comments about your work.

The name and the email address of your discussant can 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. Presenter email addresses can be found in the posted conference schedule. This will enhance and hopefully stimulate discussion after all presentations are made.


Although there are no official guidelines on the format of your full paper, please submit your paper as an attachment to an email. Microsoft Word is probably the most widely used and readily accessible software format - we suggest you use this software and a very common font, or save your file as a PDF. 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. Do not submit PowerPoint presentations. PowerPoint is only to be used for the actual presentation.

Many in the planning community utilize the American Psycological Association (APA) style for writing in the social and behavioral sciences. For more information or to obtain the APA Manual visit

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


Please submit your final conference paper to NO LATER THAN 5 P.M. EST ON October 5. Doing this will ensure that the 2015 Conference Program indicates that your paper is available to conference attendees upon request.

Email subject line:  Final Paper/Abstract Index#: _ _ _ /abstract tracking ID/Presenting Author's Last Name

  • The Abstract Index # for every paper can be found in the final conference program just above the paper title.
  • DO NOT send PowerPoint presentation files.
  • DO NOT send your final paper if it isn't really, really final. We can't promise the wrong version won't be shared.
  • Requests to read a paper should also be sent to Remember the ACSP office is closed the entire week after the annual conference.

Please send your paper to IN ADDITION to sending it to your discussant. Some paper sessions are planned to be without a discussant. For a session such as this, authors need only send the paper to ACSP, but may wish to send it to your fellow session participants as well. Participant email address can be found in the conference program.

If you are unable to make the October 5 deadline, please do finish your paper in advance of the conference. You can of course still present that paper in Philadelphia. It just won't be noted in the conference program as having been finished prior to October 5. We suggest letting the audience in your session know the paper is available and they can use the conference app messaging system (or a direct email message to you) to ask for the paper.

This new element of the annual conference is in response to considerable concern expressed in recent years about papers being submitted extremely late or not at all. I think we'd all agree that paper sessions are much stronger when they are supported by full papers, even when those papers are perhaps still works in progress. October 5 is the last date by which changes can be made to the program, which then goes out for printing.