Research: Abstract Submission & Conference Timeline
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February 2020


Review these important documents before trying to submit your abstract.

Abstract Submission Window Open: Tuesday, February 4 (Five week window)
Your login credentials are the same as your ACSP website login credentials. You will be required to submit them on the abstract submission landing page regardless of being signed in at the ACSP web.


  • Can’t remember your log-in credentials? Contact
  • Don't have log-in credentials? Join now, or create a free Guest Account.
  • Technical trouble with the abstract submission site? Email
  • Questions about abstract submission policies? Email
  • Submit, edit and leave in draft until you’ve completely proofread your submission. Then proofread it again! Is everyone’s name spelled correctly? The abstract gets printed the way you submit it! All the data you submit gets transferred directly into the conference program!

Award Submissions Begins: Wednesday, February 26
Student award winners announced starting early September, faculty award winners announced at the conference.


March 2020

Abstract submission window closes: Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 11:59pm EST

  • Pay the $25 fee and submission is complete.
  • Need a receipt for abstract submission? Log-in to your account in the abstract system. Your credentials are the same as for your ACSP web profile. Go to Author Home. See View Receipt.

Peer review process begins: March 31


April 2020

Peer review closes: Tuesday, April 21


May 2020

Author Notifications Delivered: ACSP had planned, prior to COVID-19 happening, to be able to notify authors of their accept or reject status for their abstract submission during the first week of May. Track chairs and reviewers of abstracts, now managing their own personal challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, are doing their best to complete the work. We expect to be able to send notifications very soon. Thank you! Stay tuned.

  • Request feedback for rejected abstracts by contacting track chairs.
  • For International Attendees – if you need a formal letter of invitation send a note to
  • Review additional requirements for international travel to Canada.


June 2020

Deadline for award submissions and nominations: Monday, June 1

Book of Accepted Abstracts published: Tuesday, June 9

Multiple Presentation Policy
If you get a personal email about this, a response is required before we can schedule your presentation.


July 2020

Schedule posted on ACSP web: Tuesday, July 14

Volunteer as Discussant using the online form.

Conference Registration opens: Tuesday, July 21

Doctoral Students volunteer to work the conference in trade for your conference registration! Deadline August 4
Your advisor plays a part in your application, so apply early. The submission by your advisor must also arrive before August 4.


August 2020

Award Committees notify all award winners: First Week of August

  • Student winners are promoted before the conference.
  • Faculty winners are announced at the conference with additional publicity after the conference.

Doctoral Students volunteer to work the conference in trade for your conference registration! Deadline August 4

Book Hotel & Transportation, Renew Your ACSP Individual or Student Membership

  • Travel Information
  • Hotel Information – reservation deadline October 6
  • Members are entitled to registration discounts – Don’t wait until the early bird deadline to join or renew. Preempt the rush!

Early Bird Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 25

  • Save $50 if you make this deadline!
  • Consider donations to FWIG & GPEIG
  • Registration assistance, email

Consider Career Center Options


September 2020

Prepare Your Presentation

Student Paper Award Winners Announced
Watch for weekly newsletter articles, social media announcements and web postings to read about the best of the best student papers – then come hear them presented at the conference.


October 2020

Presenter’s Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 6
Everyone with their name on the program must be registered by this date.

Submit Your Final Paper: Tuesday, October 6

  • To your confirmed Discussant (find discussant’s contact information using the online schedule).
  • Other presenters in your session (these can also be found using the online schedule).
  • To the ACSP using in order to get recognition in the final program.

Create Your Personal Schedule
Sign in to the conference app to create personal schedule. The app only requires your first and last name (no password creation).


November 2020

Conference Dates: November 5-8, 2020

  • Opening Reception - Thursday, November 5, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Annual Business Meeting, Friday, November 6, 7:00am
  • Faculty Awards Luncheon – Saturday, November 7

Provide Immediate Feedback Via the App!

  • Send comments immediately about a session
  • Send us your ideas for next year!
  • Send comments directly to the presenter
  • Post comments and photos using #ACSP2020

Post-Conference Survey Deadline: Tuesday, November 24

Print Your Registration Receipt

  1. Login to your ACSP profile at
  2. At the top of the page, click on "Manage Profile"
  3. Click on the piece of paper icon labeled "Invoices"
  4. Filter for "All Types"
  5. Click on the invoice of which you would like to print a copy

Faculty Award Winners Publicized
Watch for weekly newsletters, social media, web postings and press releases that will highlight our winners.


December 2020

Take a break! It all starts again next month for Miami 2021!


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