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Final Papers Due October 2!

Monday, September 24, 2018  
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For the ACSP Annual Conference, we ask that you submit a final paper to both your session discussant and conference organizers by Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Paper sessions are much stronger when they are supported by full papers.

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 notation to judge the quality of a session they are considering attending.

  • Final papers are required for those presenting in a paper session or pre-organized session
  • Final papers are not required for posters, roundtables, or lightning presentations.
  • It’s also a nice idea to send your final paper in advance to other presenters in your session. Their emails can be found in the web-based schedule or in the conference app.
  • Submitted final papers are not considered “published” when submitted to conference organizers. ACSP does not currently publish conference proceedings other than the Book of Accepted Abstracts.

Discussant Information

  • The contact information for your assigned discussant can be found by using the conference app or on-line schedule. Use the search feature (the binoculars icon) by entering your session number. If you don’t know the session number, search for your own name and click through to your paper presentation. Look for the session title in blue and click through that. The discussant is listed in the list of speakers.
  • If your session does not have a discussant by October 2, we will notify you if one is assigned before your arrival in Buffalo.
  • Discussants are not required to provide comments on presentations for which final papers were not submitted.

Upload Your Final Paper to Conference Organizers - Upload Final Paper Here (Email) no later than October 2.

  • Your final paper file name must be submitted with your abstract ID, your first and last name, and the date you're uploading it. Example: 0001_Presenting Author First and Last Name_01-01-01.pdf   NOTE: If your file name is not submitted in this format, we will not be able to find it in a quick search and it might not get recognized in the conference program.
  • When you click on the link above, change the email subject line to begin with your abstract ID number, then your first name and last name, then the date you're uploading it. Example: 0001_Presenting Author First and Last Name_01-01-01. Include your paper as an attachment. You will receive a confirmation email that your document uploaded successfully.
  • The print program and conference app will indicate that your final paper is available to conference attendees upon request.
  • Remember! Uploading your final paper does not send your paper to your discussant. Please send it separately to the discussant.
  • The Abstract # for every paper can be found in the conference schedule and in the conference app schedule.
  • PowerPoint presentation files are not considered final papers.

If you are unable to make the October 2 deadline, please do finish your paper in advance of the conference. You can still present that paper if a final edited version isn’t finished. It just won't be noted in the conference program as having been finished prior to October 2. 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.

Final Paper Format
There are no official guidelines on the format of your full paper.

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 Psychological 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. 


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