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


Abstract Submission Close:

December 10th, 2021

Submission Rules

All submitters may submit up to four (4) 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 an individual Poster
  4. Presenter of an indivudual Oral

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 10, 2021, 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.

Pre-Conference Workshops

For all pre-conference workshop submission information, please click here.

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.

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 a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of four (4) 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
The symposium organiser will submit the full symposium which includes 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. Each individual abstract (minimum of 3, maximum of 4 abstracts required) *No names or other identifying information is to be included*
  7. 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:

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

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