What's Next After Abstract Submissions
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Notifications of accept or reject will be delivered sometime during the week of May 21. Check your spam folder before contacting us, and please only contact us after the May 21st week if you feel you didn't get your notification.

Here's some information to help you, while you wait:

  • 04/01-05/11: Abstract Peer Review Process
  • 05/21-05/25: Author Notifications
  • 06/01: Award Submissions & Nominations Deadline
  • 06/19: Book of Accepted Abstracts Published
  • 06/19: Conference Registration Opens

Track chairs can access the abstract submission site by clicking the button below.



Review Process & the Fate of Your Submission

Due to the volume of submissions, proposals will either be rejected or accepted. Many excellent proposals are rejected due to a lack of space on the final agenda.

All authors related to an abstract submission will receive an email indicating acceptance or not for the conference. If you did not receive yours, please check your spam or junk mail folders before contacting abstracts@acsp.org. Notifications will be delivered about the third week of May.

  • If an author’s abstract is rejected for a paper presentation, the author will not be offered the opportunity to present the work as a poster or as a lightning presentation.
  • Before rejection, track chairs may invite authors of acceptable abstracts to present their work as posters or lightning presentations. Such a request is not a statement about the quality of the proposed work; it is a statement about whether the research is better suited to a poster or lightning presentation format. The final decision is with the track chair and the track chair has the option to reject the abstract if the author does not agree to change the format.

Participants on the final program are limited to:

  • one presentation of a paper whether in a paper session, pre-organized paper session, or lightning presentation session;
  • one placement on a roundtable;
  • one (or two max) placement(s) as a discussant of an oral paper presentation or lightening presentation session;
  • one placement in a poster session

A reminder that lightning presentation sessions are restricted to the Housing track and the Transportation track.

Substitutions of types of placements are not permitted. If you have more than one appearance in one of the categories in this paragraph, in fairness to everyone, we will ask you to withdraw the additional appearance(s) and to inform the appropriate track chair(s) prior to the scheduling of sessions.

PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD your abstract submission while online! The Book of Accepted Abstracts will be posted at the ACSP website, so it is important that references are complete, all names are spelled correctly, and the text is proofread thoroughly. We cannot edit your submission after publication and there will not be an opportunity for you to edit your work after the abstract submission deadline.


Preparing for #ACSP2018

You are required to submit a final paper to both your session discussant and conference organizers by Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Final papers are required for those presenting in a paper session or pre-organized session, but not required for posters, roundtables, or lightning presentations.

The names of authors that submit by the October 2nd deadline and the title of their presentation will be highlighted in the program and in the conference app as having a paper available on request for attendees. Conference attendees often use this information to judge the quality of a session they are considering attending.

Discussants are not required to provide comments on presentations for which final papers were not submitted.

  • You will not be allowed to change the content of an abstract after it has been submitted.
  • Over the course of the summer, you may make minor modifications to the title of the final paper.
  • You may not substitute different research if the original research is not complete. Please notify conference organizers that you must withdraw as soon as you know this is necessary.
  • Submitted final papers are not considered “published” when submitted to conference organizers. Your colleagues will be instructed to contact you directly.

Poster presentations have become a tradition for the ACSP conference. Presenters will share their work during the Friday afternoon reception in the Exhibit Hall. Before and after the Friday reception for the posters, the posters will be on display in the Exhibit Hall.

There will not be a timed presentation of your poster with a captive audience, but during this reception on Friday, you must be available to answer questions from those attending. We'll have afternoon snacks brought into the exhibit hall periodically throughout the event, and drinks will always be available.

A committee will judge “Best Poster” on Friday morning so the winning poster can have a blue ribbon to display during the reception. We will also have a People’s Choice award – the winner chosen by secret ballot using the conference app during the reception. Winners will be notified in advance, and both poster prizes will announced at the Saturday Luncheon.

Send a quick email of a necessary withdrawal to abstracts@acsp.org.

All posters will be highlighted in the conference program and conference app, and a poster that doesn’t appear at the session will cause disappointment.

  • Put your name and the Abstract ID# on the front AND back of your poster please!
  • Poster dimensions are approximately 36” x 48” with no minimum size and a vertical or horizontal orientation.
  • The poster must be able to be affixed to the poster boards with simple push pins.
  • Posters must be brought to the ACSP Conference Registration Desk starting Thursday morning of the conference, and no later than 5:00pm on Thursday of the conference.
  • Posters can be removed at any time after the Friday reception in the exhibit hall, but we recommend leaving them on display through the end of Saturday.
  • Any posters left after Saturday afternoon will be left with the hotel’s recycling program.


Program questions should be addressed to: Gerardo Sandoval, ACSP National Conference Committee Chair, gsando@uoregon.edu.

Poster logistical questions should be addressed to registration@acsp.org.

Past Winners

  • 2017 Best Poster: Stevens Spears, University of Iowa, "New Habits Die Hard: Evaluating the Dynamic Impacts of Attitudes & Perceptions on New Light Rail Use in Los Angeles"
  • 2017 People's Choice Poster: Ahoura Zandiatashbar/Shima Hamidi, Texas A&M University (Arlington), "Investigating the Relationship between Urban Form & Regional Innovative Capacity, the Forgotten Dimension"
  • 2016 Best Poster: Amir Hajrasouliha, PhD and Vincent Del Rio, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, "Placemaking and Public Health, A Wellness District for the City of Ventura, CA."
  • 2016 People's Choice Poster: Alireza Ermagun, University of Minnesota, "Urban Trails and Demand, Response to Weather Variation."
  • 2014 Best Poster: Danielle Rivera, University of Michigan, "Nonprofit and CDC Organization in Southern Texas Colonias
  • 2014 People's Choice Poster: Maria Teresa Vazquez Castillo, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, "Is Transborder Planning the Big Idea in Planning?"

Restricted to the Housing Track and the Transportation Track

The format for lightning presentations is designed to provide lively, informative, interaction among the researcher, discussant and the audience. Five minutes will be allowed for each presentation; a live countdown clock will be visible. Presenters will be warned when one minute remains, and when time is up, the presentation ends, even if in mid-sentence. Five (5) minutes of discussion and Q&A from the audience will follow each presentation. If questions from the audience do not fill up the 5 minutes, the moderator will move on to the next presentation.

  • Each presenter will be allowed three slides maximum (not including the title). It is required these slides be turned in on Thursday of the conference. No changes will be allowed after turning them in.
  • The presentation does not require a submitted final paper.
  • The audience will be invited to submit additional questions or comments directly to researchers immediately following the presentation using the conference app (instructions to attendees will be provided).
  • We will be looking for strong moderators and discussants for this new presentation format!
  • Track chairs reserve the right to re-assign individual paper abstract submissions to a lightning session presentation.

Successful roundtables are those that have the clearest focus and foster discussions. Participants listed in the program should make short summaries of their viewpoints and engage in discussions with each other and the audience. A roundtable requires an organizer who submits the abstract and confirms participants, a moderator to manage the session at the conference (optionally the same person or different people), and a minimum of three participants in order to remain on the program. A successful roundtable requires strict enforcement of time limits that leaves a large block of time for audience participation. Roundtable sessions do not include any paper presentations and are generally placed in a 60-minute time slot.

ACSP Committees, Journal Editorial Boards, ACSP Special Interest Groups, and ACSP leadership are entitled to a time slot and space for business meetings and sessions during the Annual Conference. We also welcome proposals for social events and substantive sessions - usually roundtables - organized by ACSP special interest groups. If you are not a participant submitting a proposal on behalf of one of the aforementioned groups with pre-approved permission from the group, you must go through the abstract submission process.

Additional Instructions & Submission Form


Additional Information

ACSP recognizes ONLY religious holidays as valid reasons for scheduling requests. Once the schedule is created, authors who cannot present during their scheduled time must withdraw their paper from the program. We strongly recommend you do not make travel reservations until you know your schedule, which should be available in late July.

AICP pre-approves the ACSP Conference sessions so AICP members know the sessions they attend will be accepted for continuing education credits. During the abstract submission process, you will be required to use a pull-down menu to indicate an AICP-related topic for your abstract. There may not be a perfect fit choice, but select the one that seems the closest to your topic. This is a list created by the AICP.

Track Chairs will invite and do their best to confirm discussants for all paper sessions. We welcome volunteers and suggestions for discussants proffered by authors and pre-organized session leaders. If you are willing to act as discussant or have a suggestion or nomination, there is a simple form to complete through this link. Discussants may serve two sessions if invited to do so.

Please see detailed information about awards for students and faculty.

  • Online submission or nomination is required.
  • The deadline for submissions or nominations is June 1.

Notifications by Award Committee Chairs directly to winners will be sent in early August in order to make advance plans to attend the conference in October.

All faculty and student winners will be recognized in all available media (web site, news articles, web profiles, social media announcements, and in the final print program. There will not be a student award ceremony at this year’s conference. Authors of award winning student papers, as always, will be invited to present their work in a highlighted session on Saturday of the conference.

Program questions should be addressed to: Gerardo Sandoval, ACSP National Conference Committee Chair, gsando@uoregon.edu.

Abstract submission procedure and payment questions should be addressed to: abstracts@acsp.org.



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