ICIS Abstract Submissions

The International Congress of Infant Studies is accepting abstract submissions for the XXIII Biennial Congress to be held July 7-10, 2022 in Ottawa, Canada at the Westin Ottawa.

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


Abstract Submission Open:

September 13th, 2021


Late Breaking Poster Submission Open:

March 8th, 2022


Abstract Submission Close:

December 12th, 2021 (Now Closed)


Late Breaking Poster Submission Close:

March 29th, 2022

ATTENTION – Late Breaking Posters:

Because of the particular demands of the Covid-19 pandemic, many infant labs have been closed and some are just now able to re-open. As a result, we are offering a “Late breaking” poster submission option (Note: Posters only!) from March 8 – March 29, 2022 (with no extensions).

There are two options for late-breaking posters: Preregistration poster and New Results poster (see below for details). Late breaking abstracts should not include work that has been previously presented or published in any form, anywhere, or included in other abstracts to be presented at the 2022 Congress.

Late breaking poster abstract submissions: March  8 – March 29

When late breaking submissions open, please provide the following information:

  1. The title of your poster (mixed-case letters; no period at end)
  2. The names of all authors (primary and secondary) in the order they should appear in the program
  3. A primary and secondary panel theme selection
  4. Three (3) keywords
  5. The abstract text (3500 characters including spaces (approximately 500 words).
    1. Pre-registration Poster: Abstract for study that you plan to conduct (or have collected already but not analyzed), and pre-register your hypotheses & data analysis plans. The abstract should state the study’s objective, describe the methods and analysis plans for each hypothesis, and discuss general implications of the study. The objectives, methods, and analysis plans should be as concrete and detailed as possible, similar to what would be included in a preregistration on Open Science Framework (OSF.io) or As Predicted (aspredicted.org). Pre-registration is not required prior to submission or presentation but highly encouraged after presentation.
    2. Poster – New Results: Showcasing the latest new findings in infant studies based on data collected and analyzed (state study’s objective, methods, results, conclusions). We welcome and encourage preliminary work.
  6. Graphics are encouraged but not required

Please note: All late breaking abstract submitters must provide a brief accompanying statement (900 characters maximum including spaces, approx. 150 words) to support why the research qualifies for this category. Only late breaking submissions that have included this statement, will be considered for inclusion in the program.

Please refer to the poster submission guidelines before submitting.

Late Breaking Submissions Now Closed

Submission Format

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

Individual Poster and Oral Abtracts

Poster and oral 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/oral submission instructions carefully, before clicking the submission button.

Poster and Oral submission instructions

Dedicated oral and 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.

*Individual Oral submissions will automatically be considered as a Poster should they not be accepted as an oral presentation. The submitting author will be notified of this change in the acceptance email. 

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

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