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Call for Abstracts


78th Annual AAPOR Conference

Working Together: The Essential Role of Public Opinion Research in Collaborative Science

May 10 - 12, 2023

Call for Papers, Methodological Briefs, Posters, Affinity Group Panels, Panels, and Roundtables

The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) is thrilled to announce that its 78th Annual Conference will be held in-person at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on Wednesday, May 10 through Friday, May 12, 2023. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in the premier forum for the exchange of advances in public opinion and survey research.

Collaboration and partnership is crucial for high-quality public opinion research and being able to hear all voices from the communities that we are measuring. Survey and public opinion researchers bring myriad technical skills to the table, but only when they build close working relationships with community partners and substantive experts does the most impactful research emerge. For the 2023 conference theme, we will be recognizing the importance of careful public opinion research to collaborative science and reflecting on the importance of collaboration to gaining knowledge.

To this end, AAPOR members will be encouraged to submit joint abstracts, featuring a survey / public opinion research lead and a substantive / community lead who will provide a joint talk (or poster presentation). While abstracts of all types will still be considered, preference will be given to those that outline joint talks, where the substantive lead can talk about the research problem and the importance of collaborating with the research lead in solving that problem. The substantive leads can provide a continuing picture of the important role that our work plays in advancing science in a variety of areas, while the research leads can continue to describe innovative methods and results that provide value to the substantive lead.

All submitted joint abstracts will automatically be included in a competition for spotlight collaborative presentations, which would be highlighted in the final conference program. In addition to this special recognition in the program, the 10 most highly-rated joint abstracts will have one night of a hotel stay and airfare/travel (not to exceed $500) covered for the collaborating non-member presenter.

We are looking forward to this opportunity to introduce more fields and communities to the important work being done by AAPOR members and celebrating everything that AAPOR does to enhance collaborative science. We also welcome submissions on topics across public opinion, survey research methods, and social science research related to these conference tracks.

Submissions: The proposal submission form is unique to each submission type but generally requests author contact information, title, presentation track, keywords describing the content of the presentation, and an abstract of no more than 300 words. To promote broad conference participation, an individual may not submit more than two proposals as first author, regardless of the proposed format of the submission. 

The AAPOR Welcoming Committee hosted a webinar on October 27th which provided tips, answered questions, and demoed the submission software. To view this webinar recording, click here.

If you do not already have an account on AAPOR.org you will need to create one to begin a submission. You do not need to be a member of AAPOR to create an account. The link to create an account can be found here. When prompted to log in, please click 'Set Up an Account' and follow the prompts.

Review the following links for step-by-step instructions to submit your abstract

All abstracts should be submitted electronically by November 14, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Space on the program is limited. There will be some individual submissions that cannot be integrated into a session and will, unfortunately, not be accepted. Authors of individual papers have a greater chance of acceptance if they are also willing to be considered for a methodological brief or poster.

Inquiries: Questions concerning the AAPOR conference or the proposal submission process should be directed to AAPOR Conferences and Education Senior Manager, Renata Casiel, rcasiel@aapor.org.


Please consider the following when submitting your abstract:

Scheduling Conflicts

To minimize scheduling conflicts, the abstract submission forms will ask you to list any known scheduling conflicts during the conference dates of May 11-13. While we will make every attempt to accommodate scheduling conflicts, please be advised that in some instances it may not be possible to avoid them. Requests must be received prior to the submissino deadline of November 4, 2022.

Audio‐Visual Equipment

All meeting rooms will have projectors, screens, and laptops. Large rooms will have microphones.  All presenters will be asked to submit their slides prior to the conference. Instructions for presenters are forthcoming.


Submitters will receive automatic email confirmation of their submission within 5 minutes. Submitters who do not receive this confirmation should log back on to the submission site to verify their submission was entered correctly. The submitter is the primary contact person and is responsible for notifying all other co-authors of acceptance, rejection, scheduling and any other information provided by AAPOR.

Review Process

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two peer reviewers and a final reviewer who assists the Conference Chair and Associate Conference Chair with making final decisions about abstracts for the specific presentation track and session format. We expect to send acceptance notifications by mid-January 2023.

AAPOR Code of Ethics

All submissions that present original survey data must abide by the AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics and Practices by reporting, at a minimum, the information specified in Section III‐A of the AAPOR Code. Further, proposals should communicate work that authors expect to reach an acceptable stage of completion before the conference (i.e., by the end of April 2022). Here is an exemplar abstract.



Notice to Federal Employees

The Annual AAPOR Conference conforms to the OPM definition of a “developmental assignment.” It is intended for educational purposes; over three quarters of time schedule is for planned, organized exchange of information between presenters and audience, thereby qualifying under section 4101 of title 5, United States Code as a training activity. The AAPOR Conference is a collaboration in the scientific community, whose objectives are to provide a training opportunity to attendees; teach the latest methodology and approaches to survey research best practices; make each attendee a better survey researcher; and, maintain and improve professional survey competency.