ICIS Abstract Submissions

The International Congress of Infant Studies is accepting abstract submissions for the XXII Biennial Congress to be held July 6-9, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland at the Scottish Event Campus.

The congress will be comprised of pre-conference workshops, plenary speakers, invited speakers and symposia, contributed symposia and poster sessions. We encourage the ICIS community to submit their research for the upcoming congress.

Submission Rules

Submission Formats

Review Criteria

Review Panel Chairs

ICIS Submission Key Dates

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Abstract Submission Open:

September 9th, 2019

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Abstract Submission Close:

December 6th, 2019

Submission Rules

All submitters may submit up to three (3) presenting roles.  A presenting role is defined as:

  1. Chair of a Paper Symposium
  2. Presenter of a Paper in a Symposium
  3. Presenter of a Poster

Additional Considerations:

  1. Only presenting roles will be protected from schedule conflicts
  2. Multiple presenting roles for an individual in the same submission (eg. Chair and Presenter of a paper in the same symposium) count as separate presenting roles
  3. You may edit your submission at any time prior to the submission deadline
  4. After the submission deadline of December 6, 2019, no changes can be made including the elevation of an author to a presenting role
  5. Submissions must be relevant to participants 36 months old or younger to align with the study of infancy

Submission Format

Submissions are encouraged from all ICIS members (Regular and Student).  If you are not yet a member, click here to join ICIS.

Posters

Poster submissions are the appropriate format when material can be explained briefly, is suited for graphic or visual presentation, and/or the presenter would benefit from high levels of interaction and discussion.

Please review the poster submission instructions carefully, before clicking the submission button.

Poster submission instructions

Three dedicated poster sessions will be scheduled during the congress for individual, free-standing research presentations.  Posters are an appropriate format when material can be explained briefly, is suited for graphic or visual presentation, and/or the presenter would benefit from high levels of interaction and discussion. We encourage lively debate and discussion during these interactive poster sessions.

Submission Process

  • Prepare an abstract title (max 130 character limit)
  • Include all authors (primary and secondary) exactly as you wish them to appear on published material and in the correct order – please remember to include yourself on the author list if you are an author submitting a poster
  • Confirm the name of the presenting author onsite at the congress
  • Include an abstract (max 3500 characters – 500 words)
  • Submit the abstract via ICIS’s online abstract management system. Please note, when submitting the abstract cut and paste it from a text editor (i.e. notepad, wordpad) to ensure it does not include underlying formatting that may cause errors. Do not copy/paste from a Word document as additional hidden formatting could be inserted into the submission.
  • Use standard reference citations (last name, year), but do not include a reference list.  If you believe a full reference is necessary, include it in the text as (authors, title, journal, year) and it will be counted towards your total character count.
  • Ensure the submission has been approved by all authors
  • Graphics are encouraged but not required. They do not count toward the maximum word count for the submission.  The two graphics allowed may be:
  1. 2 tables, or
  2. 2 figures, or
  3. 1 table plus 1 figure

Please note that all graphics must be incorporated into one single file.  The file must be in Adobe PDF Format and you will upload the document at the end of the submission process.  If you submit anything other than a PDF document, it will not be viewable.

*By submitting an abstract, you agree to present at the ICIS Meeting should your abstract be selected for the program.

Paper Symposium

A paper symposium is defined as a cohesive cluster of research presentations and theoretical perspectives. To attain cohesion, the symposium should focus on a specific topic and emphasize conceptual issues and the integration of findings.

Paper Symposia are scheduled for 90 minutes. Each symposium is organized by a chair, with three (3) minimum and four (4) maximum individual papers presented per symposium. All individual paper abstracts must be submitted through a separate portal. You may include a discussant, but please note the discussant does not submit an abstract.

Please review the symposia submission instructions carefully, before clicking the submission button.

Symposium submission instructions

Integrative statements and individual abstracts:

Symposium organisers must prepare a 500-word integrative statement that summarizes the nature and significance of the proposed topic. If accepted, this symposium summary will be used to describe your symposium on the website

Symposium presenting authors must prepare a 500-word abstract that describes their individual paper (introduction, hypotheses, study population, methods, results).

Submission process
There are two separate abstract portals for symposia submissions:

1. Symposium organisers submit integrative statement here
The symposium organizer must submit an overall summary of the proposed symposium that must include the following:

  1. The title of the group submission
  2. The names and affiliations of all presenters participating in the proposed symposium
  3. The name of the proposed discussant (if applicable)
  4. The name of the proposed chair
  5. An integrative statement of the proposed symposium (500 words) *No names or other identifying information is to be included*
  6. Graphics are encouraged but not required, and do not count toward the maximum word count. The two graphics allowed may be: 2 tables, or 2 figures, or 1 table plus 1 figure

2. Symposium presenters submit individual abstracts here
All symposium participants must submit their individual abstracts and include the following:

  1. The title of the individual submission
  2. All author names and affiliations associated with the individual submission
  3. The name of the presenting author for the individual submission
  4. Symposium group organiser name and symposium title
  5. The abstract for the individual submission (500 words) *No names or other identifying information is to be included*
  6. Graphics are encouraged but not required, and do not count toward the maximum word count. The two graphics allowed may be: 2 tables, or 2 figures, or 1 table plus 1 figure

Please note:

If you are a symposium organiser, who is also presenting an individual paper as part of the symposium – you will be required to submit using both portals.

Discussants are not required to submit an abstract.

Symposia abstracts will be considered for a poster presentation, if not selected for a symposium.

Review Criteria

Submitted abstracts should be original work and substantively different from papers that have been previously published.  Although abstracts need not describe completed projects, they must include sufficient empirical data, even if preliminary, to provide a basis for evaluation.  Abstracts that reflect no new data will not be accepted.  Each submission is evaluated by at least two members of either the first or second choice review panels identified, and conflicts are resolved by the panel chair(s).

Submissions are reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Clarity of formulation/conceptualization
  • Symposia should reflect cohesion among presentations, relevance of presentations to the topic, and expression of different views. Symposia that include multiple presentations from the same set of authors or lab group will receive lower priority for acceptance than symposia that include presentations from at least three distinct research groups.
  • Adequacy of methods, design and analytics
  • Appropriateness of interpretation(s)
  • Current relevance of topic for developmental science

Creativity will be considered when reviewing.  Symposia that include different disciplines on the same topic or different theoretical perspectives for example, will receive higher priority for acceptance than those that don’t reflect diversity in discipline and theoretical perspectives.

Review Panels and Chairs