Call for Papers

The Program Committee invites you to submit abstracts of original investigations for consideration in the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), October 19-24, 2020, in San Francisco, CA. Before beginning a submission, please thoroughly review the Instructions and Rules and Regulations for the Annual Meeting.

All submissions must be peer-reviewed by the Program Committee. Topics may include any aspect of child and adolescent psychiatry that advance the field and can be used to improve the well-being of children and their families, e.g., clinical treatment, research, training, development, service delivery, administration, translational research, maximizing the effectiveness of community and educational child and adolescent psychiatry consultation, services research, and suicide and violence prevention. In addition, submissions on emotional dysregulation are encouraged to support AACAP's current Presidential Initiative.

At minimum, submissions require a review abstract and learning objectives; Posters require a proceedings abstract instead of a review abstract (see Summary of Submission Requirements at the bottom of the 'Instructions' tab). Because of the AACAP requirement for time spent understanding ethical issues, presenters are also encouraged to identify any relevant ethical issues related to their submission topics for discussion.

NEW this year, the Program Committee is encouraging submitters to think about ways to effectively engage the audience to create a learning environment that goes beyond didactic lectures. Please see this list of techniques to include active engagement in your sessions. If you plan to include one or more of these methods, please indicate those details in Step 1 of your submission.

The Program Committee welcomes and encourages submissions from students, trainees, and junior investigators, but strongly recommends that these submissions be reviewed by a senior faculty member or other senior mentor prior to completion.

All potential presenters and authors must complete a conflict of affiliations form. This is a REQUIREMENT for all authors of all submissions. The submission will be rejected if these disclosures are not received. Lack of disclosure may jeopardize AACAP's ability to provide CME credits.

Please note that employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests may not speak in any session regarding the commercial interest’s line of products, except New Research Posters (which do not offer CME credit). The ACCME defines a commercial interest as "any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients." The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. For questions regarding this rule, please contact cme@aacap.org.

All submissions are accepted as is and we expect presenters to present what was originally accepted. Please check air fares and hotel costs before you submit to ensure that you and your co-presenters will be able to attend the Annual Meeting if the submission is accepted.

All presentations and materials should be in English; however, we expect that 15-20% of the attendees will be from outside of the United States. To facilitate effective communication, the Program Committee strongly suggests that participants who do not use English as their primary language have their submission materials, posters, and/or slides reviewed in advance by colleagues with an excellent command of the English language. If you would like assistance with your submission, please email meetings@aacap.org.

Prior to submitting a proposal, all submitters must agree to the below rules and regulations.

Operating Principles For Extramural Support of AACAP Meetings and Related Activities:

Click here for the most recent version of AACAP's Operating Principles for Extramural Support of AACAP Meetings and Related Activities. These are the guidelines that govern all AACAP meetings.

Satellite Symposia:

Satellite Symposia are not allowed at AACAP's Annual Meeting. Please contact AACAP's Development Department at 202.966.7300 x113 for a copy of the most current corporate sponsorship guidelines and/or sponsorship opportunities.

Ethics:

Authors are expected to conform to accepted ethical standards of not submitting original research findings in multiple conferences or journals. Information that has already been presented or accepted for publication should not be submitted. Authors uncertain about their compliance with this rule should contact meetings@aacap.org.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Affiliation:

All potential presenters and authors must complete a conflict of affiliations form. This is a REQUIREMENT for all authors of all submissions. The submission will be rejected if these disclosures are not received. Lack of disclosure may jeopardize AACAP's ability to provide CME credits. These disclosures will be listed online and in the AACAP Annual Meeting App, the Program Book, and the Book of Scientific Proceedings. In addition, disclosures must be given verbally. The Program Committee monitors disclosures at every session.

Employees of Commercial Interest:

Employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests may not speak in any session regarding the commercial interest’s line of products, except New Research Posters (which do not offer CME credit). The ACCME defines a commercial interest as "any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients." The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. For questions regarding this rule, please contact cme@aacap.org.

ORCID iD:

An ORCID iD is a nonproprietary alphanumeric code that uniquely identifies an academic author. It is a 16-digit code, in the format: 0000-0000-0000-000X. Publishers use it to unambiguously attribute any published work to the correct authors. ORCID is a not-for-profit association of publishers and academic organizations that maintains the central registry of these personal identifiers (ORCID iDs) and associated public profiles for authors in academic publishing. Please visit http://orcid.org/ for more information.

ORCID iD is collected during the 'People' step of the submission (click on 'Edit Person' to add this information).

Scheduling and Preliminary Program:

AACAP does not generally honor requests to schedule presentations on specific days. In submitting, authors assert availability to present on any day of the Annual Meeting, October 19-24, 2020. Individuals who are accepted for multiple presentations may be required to find substitutes for themselves due to scheduling conflicts. 

If you have a scheduling request that is unavoidable, please email meetings@aacap.org by March 31, 2020, with that request and the Program Committee will take it into consideration.

Upon acceptance of the presentation, information will be sent only to the first author/chair to indicate acceptance, provide registration materials, and provide any additional information on the presentation. It is the first author/chair's responsibility to communicate this information to all co-presenters.

The preliminary program, containing the meeting schedule, will be available on AACAP's website, www.aacap.org, in June 2020; registration opens in early August 2020.

Program Committee's Senior Investigator Non-Member Travel Award:

The Program Committee offers a limited number of Senior Investigator Non-Member Travel Awards for the Annual Meeting each year. Senior Investigators are defined as non-member, non-child psychiatrists doing seminal scientific research in areas related to AACAP's mission. Consideration for Travel Awards is also based on applicants' potential scientific contributions to the meeting, financial need, recent scientific work, whether they are addressing a topic with high priority for AACAP, and travel distance to the meeting. If you are eligible for this Travel Award, please enter your interest in the "People" step of the submission. If a Travel Award is granted, the awardee will receive complementary meeting registration and a travel stipend. AACAP holds the rights to waive informalities in the application process.

AACAP Committee Chairs may also make recommendations for Travel Awards on behalf of eligible applicants who are processed as participants in Committee-sponsored submissions. A brief statement as to how the applicant's attendance at the meeting would enhance the program and otherwise meets criteria for an award should be included in the "People" step, listed under that presenter (there is a request field for this award in the 'People' step).

Program Committee's Patient/Parent Travel Award:

The Program Committee is offering a limited amount of funding to support travel by patients and/or the patient’s family members who agree to participate in a clinical-based session. If a live interview is proposed as an integral part of a session (i.e. a Clinical Case Conference session), the program chair may request a stipend for patient/family travel support. Consideration for this travel award is based on if the input of the patient and/or family member greatly enhances the overall program. However, program acceptance does not guarantee that the travel support will be awarded. Travel awardees will be notified over the summer (via the program chair).

If a speaker on your program is eligible for this Travel Award, please enter your interest in applying for this award in the "People" step of the submission, listed under that presenter's name (there is a request field for this award). If a travel award is granted, the awardee will receive complementary meeting registration and a travel stipend. AACAP holds the rights to waive informalities in the application process. 

Travel Reimbursement:

AACAP does not pay for travel or hotel expenses for Annual Meeting presenters. The only exception is for two, domestic non-member presenters in an Institute.

Review Decisions:

All review decisions of the Program Committee are final. All acceptance and rejection letters will be sent via email in May 2020. Suggestions for improvement are only provided to primary authors of rejected poster submissions from the February deadline that are being encouraged to revise and resubmit for the June New Research Poster deadline.

Registration Fees:

All presenters (member or non-member) are required to register for the meeting and pay registration fees. AACAP members and all child and adolescent psychiatrists, whether presenting or not, are required to pay full registration fees. Non-child and adolescent psychiatrist presenters must register, but for a reduced fee. Submitters should inform co-presenters of these policies.

Audiovisual Equipment Policies:

Audiovisual equipment is free-of-charge for all sessions. Upon acceptance, the Chairs of the programs will be asked to submit a request for equipment, including an LCD projector, DVD player, microphones, and standard sound equipment. Presenters are urged to carefully consider AACAP costs and not request unnecessary equipment. Internet connections are not considered standard AV equipment, though basic wireless connections will be available in the meeting rooms. If you require equipment other than the items listed above, you must include a description of these needs in your review abstract and your proposal to cover the costs for this equipment.

Session Recording Information:

Clinical Perspectives, Institutes, Symposia, and other programs such as Plenaries and Honors Presentations are recorded, and recordings of the presentation are sold. Speaker PowerPoint slides are also captured during the recording process and included with the audio. Speakers on these types of programs will be asked for permission to be recorded during the submission process.

Young Investigator, Student, and Trainee Submissions:

AACAP highly encourages and supports program submissions from young investigators and presenters, defined as those with bachelor's-level degrees, students, and current trainees (residents, fellows, and post-docs). Presenting authors who meet this criterion should indicate this by checking the "Student/Trainee Submission" box in Step 1 of the application. The Program Committee highly recommends that all Student/Trainee applications be reviewed and approved by a senior co-author/mentor prior to final submission. Visit AACAP's website for medical students and residents for complete details about all of the Annual Meeting awards and programs for this group.

All information must be submitted online. Applicants are encouraged to compose their Review and Proceedings Abstracts using their own word-processing software, where they can more conveniently check spelling and grammar. The completed abstract can be copied and pasted into the online forms.

Deadlines:

Submissions must be submitted online by the following dates. There can be no exceptions.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Deadline for Submissions for Clinical Case Conferences, Clinical Consultation Breakfasts, Clinical Perspectives, Extended Workshops, Institutes, Media Theatre, Member Services Fora, Other Programs, Posters, Special Interest Study Groups, Symposia, Trainee Case Presentations, Wellness, and Workshops. Notification of acceptance is given in May 2020 via email to the listed Chair of the Submission (please note, the chair receives this notification - not all speakers on a submission).

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Deadline for Submissions for late New Research Posters. Notification of acceptance is made in August 2020 via email to the primary author of the poster. If data is available, please submit the Poster for the February deadline.

Deadlines will be enforced. The Submission page will close at 11:59 pm Pacific Time on the designated dates; therefore, late Submissions cannot be accepted. Incomplete Submissions will be automatically rejected.

Presentation Formats:

The program is organized into the following types of presentation formats. Please choose the preferred format carefully to be sure it best fits the criteria. Click on any format to see the detailed submission requirements and to access the appropriate submission form.

All Submissions Require:

  • The title of the Submission
  • The chair's contact information
  • Educational learning objectives
  • Names, organizations, contact information, email addresses, and disclosures for all authors
  • In addition, please see below grid regarding Review Abstracts and Proceedings Abstracts requirements.

Summary of Submission Requirements for Review and Proceedings Abstracts:

Overall
Proceedings
Abstract
for entire
presentation

Overall
Review
Abstract
for entire
presentation

Individual
Proceedings
Abstract
for each
presenter

Clinical Case Conference Not Required REQUIRED Not required
Clinical Consultation Breakfast Not required REQUIRED Not required
Clinical Perspective REQUIRED Not required REQUIRED
Extended Workshop REQUIRED REQUIRED Not required
Institute REQUIRED REQUIRED REQUIRED
Media Theatre Not required REQUIRED Not required
Member Services Forum Not required REQUIRED Not required
Other Program Not required REQUIRED Not required
Poster REQUIRED Not required Not required
Special Interest Study Group Not required REQUIRED Not required
Symposium REQUIRED Not required REQUIRED
Trainee Case Presentation Not required REQUIRED Not required
Wellness Not required REQUIRED Not required
Workshop REQUIRED REQUIRED Not required

Review Abstract:

"Review Abstract" is the term used by the Program Committee for the 8,000-character document (not including spaces; approximately 1,000 words) each presenter must include with his or her Submission. A Review Abstract is required for all submission types, except for Clinical Perspectives, Posters, and Symposia. It is your chance as a presenter to explain your ideas in detail to the Program Committee. The Review Abstract is not published. For Institutes, a Review Abstract is required for the overall Submission, but is not required for each individual presentation.

To prepare the Review Abstract, follow these instructions:

  • Limit each Review Abstract to 8,000 characters (not including spaces; approximately 1,000 words)
  • The Review Abstract must include a bibliography of at least 1 and no more than 5 references
  • Organize the Review Abstract around Objectives, Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions, and Bibliography, and the form requires you to use those specific headings
  • Give the background of the specific hypothesis (or hypotheses)
  • State methods, data, sample size, and data analyses used; data collection and preliminary analysis should be complete
  • Include clinical implications, when appropriate
  • State measures used and provide information regarding reliability and validity
  • Tables, diagrams, and images are permitted
  • Incomplete studies or submissions that promise results by the time of presentation are likely to be rejected
  • If the proposed instrument reported in the submission has not been published and if the author is not part of the submission, indicate the author's agreement for the use of the instrument in this research
  • If the work reports on an unpublished instrument, the Review Abstract should address issues of reliability and validity
  • Indicate whether there will be handouts of all or part of the instrument; include clinical implications, when appropriate

Proceedings Abstract:

A "Proceedings Abstract" not exceeding 2,000 characters in length (not including spaces), is required for all Clinical Perspectives, Extended Workshop, Institute, Poster, Symposium, and Workshop proposals. These abstracts will be published in a supplemental issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry that is published in October 2020. It must be organized around four headings:

  • Objectives
  • Methods (e.g., data, data analyses, sample size)
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Proceedings Abstracts should not also be used for the Review Abstract. The Program Committee expects to see more detail in the Review Abstract so that they can more fully evaluate the Submission.

Click on the appropriate presentation format below to begin your submission. Be sure to read the Instructions and AACAP Rules before you begin.

Resuming or Revising a Submission

Once you have submitted step 1 of your submission, you will automatically receive an email that includes a password-protected hyperlink. You can resume or modify your submission up until the submission deadline by clicking on the hyperlink in that email. For help in submitting an abstract online, e-mail technical support.

If you have already completed Step 1 -- and you wish to resume, edit, or withdraw that submission -- you can do so online up until the submission deadline. You can view your abstract even after the deadline. If you can find the confirming email mentioned above (from aacap@confex.com) then you will have found a direct link to your submission. If you remember the abstract ID# and password, enter those codes below.

FAQs

AACAP Annual Meeting Call for Papers Frequently Asked Questions

What is the absolute latest that I can complete my submission on the online submission site?

The site will be shut down at 11:59 p.m. PST on Thursday, February 13, 2020. For late New Research Poster submissions, the site will be shut down at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

What do I need to include in my submission?

The items that need to be included in your submission vary based on the type of presentation you would like to present. There is a description of the requirements for each type of submission in the Call for Papers. To find this, go to "Begin a Submission" and click on the type of program you're submitting or click on the Summary of Submission Requirements Grid.

How do I know if my submission is complete?

The last step for all of the submissions is to confirm that all of the information is entered correctly and check the box indicating your agreement with the Rules and Regulations. Once your submission is complete, the chair will receive a confirmation email as well.

I completed my submission, but now want to make a change. Can I?

Changes can be made to submissions until the deadline. Use the log in information from your confirmation email to return to the submission and make changes, so we suggest that you save this email for future reference.

What is the difference between the Review Abstract and the Proceedings Abstract?

The Review Abstract can be up to 8,000 characters (not including spaces; approximately 1,000 words) and is the document that the Program Committee will use to evaluate your submission. See the explanation of the Review Abstract on the Instructions tab. The Proceedings Abstract will only be used if your submission is accepted. This is the abstract that will be printed in AACAP's Annual Meeting Book of Scientific Proceedings. See the Proceedings Abstract Submission instructions on the Instructions tab. NOTE: You cannot use the same abstract for the Review Abstract and the Proceedings Abstract; they should be two separate documents and the Review Abstract should be significantly more detailed than the Proceedings Abstract.

How many characters are allowed in the Review Abstract?

The Review Abstract is limited to 8,000 characters (approximately 1,000 words), not including spaces and headings. The title of the abstract and names of the authors are not included in this character count. Text that is incorporated into a chart or graph is calculated in this character count. Review Abstracts should be organized around the following headings: Objectives, Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions, and Bibliography. Bibliographies should include at least 1 and no more than 5 references.

How many characters are allowed in the Proceedings Abstract?

The Proceedings Abstract is limited to 2,000 characters not including spaces and headings. The title of the abstract and names of the authors are not included in this character count. Proceedings Abstracts should be organized around the following headings: Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions.

How will speakers enter their disclosures?

All speaker disclosures must be submitted by the February 13 or June 4 deadlines, respectively. If the chair or primary author submit the abstracts, he/she must also submit the disclosures for each speaker and author before the submission will be considered complete. Speakers and authors will have the opportunity to review their disclosures and contact information immediately after the submission deadline to confirm the accuracy.

When will I hear whether my submission was accepted?

If the submission was completed for the February deadline, the Program Committee meets in April and sends acceptance and rejection emails in May. For submissions completed for the June deadline, acceptance and rejection emails are sent in August.

Are satellite symposia allowed?

Absolutely not. Participation in a satellite symposia or other unapproved scientific events will result in disqualification from the meeting. All events MUST use the Call for Papers submission process to be included in the Annual Meeting.

Can I make scheduling requests?

Please email your request to meetings@aacap.org with specific dates and reason for your request by March 31, 2020. AACAP cannot guarantee that they can accommodate your request but will make its best effort to do so.

Will AACAP pay for the hotel or travel expenses of my VIP non-member speaker?

No. AACAP does not pay travel or hotel expenses to anyone except for 2 non-member presenters at each Institute, chosen by the Institute chair. We also do not offer honoraria for anything but Institutes. No exceptions are ever made to this policy. However, non-member non-child psychiatrist presenters can apply for a Program Committee Senior Investigator Non-Member Travel Award in the "People" step of the submission process. As well, chairs of programs that are submitting for a clinical-based session are able to apply for a Patient/Parent Travel Award. Consideration for this travel award is based on if the input of the patient and/or family member greatly enhances the overall program. If either type of Travel Award is granted, the awardee will receive complementary meeting registration and a travel stipend.

I have a non-member presenter who has NOTHING to do with child and adolescent psychiatry. Does s/he really have to pay a registration fee?

After your submission is accepted, please email meetings@aacap.org with details of your request. In some cases, the Program Chair can waive non-member presenter registration fees, but only if the presenter is not associated with our field and is not otherwise attending the meeting.

I am a non-member presenter. If my program is accepted, do I have to pay registration fees?

Yes, but we have discounted rates for non-member presenters. Information about how to get the discounted rate will be sent in early August when registration opens.

What does "committee sponsorship" mean?

AACAP has over 60 committees, who work on various projects throughout the year. Many of these committees sponsor Annual Meeting programs as part of their functions. If a committee sponsors an Annual Meeting program, its members need to be actively involved in the program proposal and speaker selection. Please coordinate with the chair of the committee if you would like to seek committee sponsorship for a program. The Program Committee does not give preference to program proposals that are sponsored by an AACAP committee.

Do I have to be a member of AACAP or a child and adolescent psychiatrist to submit?

No, anyone can submit a program proposal for AACAP's Annual Meeting.

Who can I call with other questions?

For technical support with the online submission site, call customer service at The Conference Exchange at 401.334.0220. For questions about the content of your submission or the review process, contact a member of AACAP's Meetings Department at 202.966.7300, ext. 2006 or email meetings@aacap.org.

Can a Young Investigator, Student, and/or Trainee submit to the Call for Papers?

AACAP highly encourages and supports program submissions from young investigators and presenters, defined as those with bachelor's level degrees, students, and current trainees (residents, fellows, and postdocs). Presenting authors who meet this criterion should indicate this by checking the "Student/Trainee Submission" box in Step 1 of the application. The Program Committee highly recommends that all Student/Trainee applications be reviewed and approved by a senior co-author/mentor prior to final submission.