Submission of Final Papers
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Final Papers- submit by October 23, 2020

The Conference Committee strongly encourages the submission of a final paper to your session discussant, other presenters in your session and the conference organizers. Submit final papers for presentations in a paper session, or pre-organized paper session, but not for posters or round table discussions.

When submitted by the published deadline, the names of authors and the title of their presentation will be highlighted in the program 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.
  • The content of your final paper and presentation must be based on the peer-reviewed and accepted abstract for this conference. 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.
  • Over the course of the summer, you may make minor modifications to the title of the final paper.
  • Submitted final papers are not considered “published” when submitted to conference organizers. ACSP does not post them on the web, or in conference proceedings. Your colleagues will be instructed to contact you directly for a copy of your paper.
  • Justification Letter: If you need help justifying attendance, ACSP has crafted a letter for you to edit and submit for approval with your supervisor.


Instructions for Submission of Final Papers (x3)

1) Submit Your Final Paper to Your Session Discussant

  • The name and the email address of your discussant can be found by reviewing the session schedule posted to in early August and continually updated throughout September.
  • If your discussant is not yet confirmed at the time of the deadline, the conference management office will advise you as soon as the discussant is confirmed and we will ask that you email your paper immediately to the discussant.
  • Some paper sessions are planned to be without a discussant.
  • If you do not send your final paper by the deadline, the discussant has the option of making no comments about your work.

2) Submit Your Final Paper to Other Presenters in Your Session

  • We strongly encourage you to send your final paper to the other presenters in your session, especially if there is not a discussant confirmed.
  • Presenter email addresses can be found in the posted conference schedule. This will enhance and hopefully stimulate discussion after all presentations are made.

3) Email Your Final Paper to Conference Organizers:
Paper sessions are much stronger when they are supported by full papers. Copy/paste the email above in purple text into the "To" field of the email platform of your choice, add your final paper to the email as an attachment (be sure to follow the file naming format below), and hit send.

  • Final Paper File Name: 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 exactly in the above format, your final paper will not be considered submitted.
  • Email Subject Line: When you email your final paper to, be sure the email subject line begins with your abstract ID number, then your first name and last name, then the date you're emailing it. Example: 0001_Presenting Author First and Last Name_01-01-01.
  • The print program and conference app will indicate that your final paper is available to conference attendees upon request.
  • Remember! Emailing your final paper does not get your paper to your discussant. Send it separately to the discussant.
  • Submission Deadline: Submit your final conference paper NO LATER THAN 5 P.M. EST on the date of the deadline posted at the top of this page.
  • Find your Abstract ID#: 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 published deadline, please finish your paper in advance of the conference. You can still present the research if a final edited version isn’t finished. It just won't be noted in the conference program as having been finished prior to the deadline. 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 a copy of the paper.

Final Paper Format
Although there are no official guidelines on the format of your full paper, please submit your paper as an attachment to an email. 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.



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

Abstract and final paper questions should be addressed to:



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