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ACSP Username & Password Required to Submit an Abstract

Monday, January 27, 2020  
Posted by: Nicole Smith
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Be Prepared!

The ACSP abstract submission system opens Tuesday, February 4
The abstract submission system will require current ACSP credentials (username/password) to access.

Is Membership Required to Submit an Abstract?

No,  but keep reading.
Membership is not required, however, an ACSP account is required and can be obtained in several ways:

  • Expired Membership - your username was in your 1/28 emailed newsletter
    If your membership is expired, and you intend to renew, please do so soon and well-prior to trying to submit your abstract. This way, if you need any additional assistance, we can help before the stress of a looming deadline. Log-in and the membership system will prompt you to renew. If you can't remember your password, email
  • No Membership? Join Now!
    Information about Individual Faculty, Retired Faculty and Student Membership can be found here. During the process, the membership system will prompt you to create a username and password that you will use for abstract submission, conference registration and more.
  • Guest Account - create
    This is a free account which puts you on the weekly mailing list for our eNewsletter and provides the username/password you'll need to submit an abstract.  This is not a membership. If you already have a Guest account and cannot remember your password, please do not create a new Guest account. Just email and we will reset it for you.
  • I'm a member and simply forgot my password
    Sometimes university firewalls block the "forgot my password" feature of our database. If this is the case, please email and we will reset it for you.


Don't Wait! Submission deadline is March 10

We know what happens 24-48 hours before the abstract submission deadline
We're a small staff office. We know from plenty of experience that out of about 1100 abstract submissions, 750 of them arrive in the last 48 hours of the submission window. This causes a lot of stress for you and us! We don't work 24 hours/day and so will stop responding to pleas for help at some point most inconvenient for you likely! In the attempt to help us all, it is best not to wait until the last minute. Murphy’s Law plays out every year.

We hope that your ACSP membership has been and continues to be a valuable resource for you in your planning academia as well as your career development.  If you have questions or need assistance with your password or membership renewal, please email


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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