Final Papers & Session Preparation
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Preparing for #ACSP2020 (Virtual)

  • 06/25: Book of Accepted Abstracts Published
  • TBD: Conference Registration Opens
  • TBD: Early Bird Conference Registration Pricing Ends
  • TBD: Final Papers Due
  • Panel - Many use this word interchangeably for paper sessions as well as roundtables and so, for clarity, the word “panel” is not used for the ACSP program.
  • Paper - A paper presented at the conference is placed into a session organized by the track chair. A paper may have one or as many as eight co-authors, but only one presenting author. No less than three papers and no more than five papers will be included in one session.
  • Pre-Organized Session - A set of 3-5 papers organized before the abstract submission deadline covering a specific topic. Each of the papers within the pre-organized session is considered to be presented at the conference and is individually reviewed.
  • Roundtable - This is a planned discussion among a set of organized individuals about a particular topic. There are no papers presented during a roundtable discussion. The audience is welcome to participate.
  • Poster - a paper presented in a visual, stand-alone format. The author must be present for the scheduled poster presentation session.
  • Special Session a.k.a. Non-Reviewed Session - These sessions are commissioned by the ACSP leadership on a special topic, or are special topics presented by an ACSP committee or Interest Group. These sessions do not go through the review process.
  • Local Host Session - Sessions coordinated and proposed by the Local Host Committee on topics relevant to them or about the site city for the conference. These sessions do not go through the review process.
  • Meeting - A scheduled time during which members of an associated group (editorial board, committee, task force, interest group, etc.) gather to discuss the business of the group. Time slots for these meetings must be secured in advance through the conference manager's office as they are scheduled in and throughout the presentation schedule.
  • Mobile Workshop - A tour off-site of specific features, attributes, or notable planning issues in the local community. These are organized by the Local Host Committee.

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Additional Information

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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.

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.

Program questions should be addressed to: Gerardo Sandoval, ACSP National Conference Committee Chair,

Abstract submission procedure and payment questions should be addressed to:




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