APS College of Educational and
Theory to Practice:
Educational and Developmental Psychology
25 – 26 November, Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
Call for Submissions
The deadline for submissions is 16 August 2011.
Educational and Developmental Psychology in Australia is advancing, and to this
end in three years our Annual Conference has grown to have a key role in bringing
practitioners, researchers and students together around excellent keynote speakers,
workshops and peer reviewed presentations. To capture the breadth of Australian
E&D psychological research and practice, this year we have set a broad conference
theme around well-being, health and learning. We have again managed to attract
three outstanding keynote speakers, with two providing leading edge workshops
on wellbeing and learning on the second day.
While we can all get a lot from listening, chatting and networking, I would like
to encourage you to consider being active in your participation! Please, come
and share in advancing our specialism by contributing a scientific presentation,
poster presentation, or maybe even by offering and organising a symposium.
Abstracts will be reviewed-blind, and will be published on line two weeks prior
to the conference. We encourage those presenting to write up their presentation
as a journal manuscript, submitting it to our very own journal: The Australian
Educational and Developmental Psychologist.
Looking forward to a great conference together,
John Roodenburg PhD MAPS
Chair, Scientific Program Committee
The 2011 APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists
Conference will be held at the Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, from Friday
November 25 to Saturday November 26, 2011.
The Committee now invites submissions of abstracts for the forthcoming
Conference, for the following presentation types:
The Submission Guidelines below outline the types of presentations and the format
in which submissions must be received.
The theme of the conference is intended to highlight the nature of the relationship
between research and practice, and will provide an opportunity for Australian
psychologists to complete their annual Continuing Professional Development
obligations prior to the Psychology Board of Australia annual cycle deadline of
November 30, 2011.
All submissions will be considered on their merits and will be subject to blind
review by two members of the National Scientific Program Committee or other
expert reviewers, with respect to their scientific quality and/or relevance to practice,
as appropriate. The results of the review process and the decisions of the Scientific
Committee are final. There will be no appeal process.
1. Submission Guidelines
1.1 Licensing of Content
In anticipation of the publication of abstracts, the APS requires that you grant
the Society a non – exclusive right to publish, reproduce, distribute, display and
the store the abstract worldwide in all forms (including on the Society’s website),
formats and media now known or as developed in the future, including print,
electronic and digital forms. You will retain copyright of your abstract, in addition
to the moral rights you are entitled to as author of the abstract.
The Licence to Use Copyright and Audiovisual Permissions can be viewed on the
conference website. You will be asked to agree to the terms in this licence when
you submit your abstract for review.
1.2 Membership Status
It is not necessary to be a member of the Society to submit a proposal to present
at the Conference.
1.3 Continuing Professional Development
This conference provides psychologists with the opportunity to meet the goals
in their individual learning plans through attendance and/or presentation. The
scientific committee’s goal is to provide Australian psychologists with a rich
program to meet a diverse range of learning needs, in order to meet annual CPD
requirements prior to the reporting deadline of November 30, 2011.
1.4 Presentation Scheduling
Once accepted, individual papers will be scheduled together with other
thematically related individual papers. Any time constraints relating to the
presentation date and/or time must be brought to the attention of the Scientific
Program Committee when the submitting the proposal. Changes cannot be
accommodated once the presentation has been scheduled.
1.5 Previously Published or Presented Papers
The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research states that it is
not acceptable to publish the same research findings repeatedly. Therefore, the
material submitted must be substantially different from any previous presentation
to another conference or publication outlet. This is an international convention
for psychology conferences to allow delegates to gain new, fresh material, and to
offer delegates work that has not been presented before.
1.6 Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Disclosure
All research reported at the Conference must adhere to the APS Code of Ethics
and The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Presenters
must also disclose any possible conflict of interest, in order to allow the audience
to form their own opinions on the information being presented. The disclosure of
the conflict will vary depending on the situation, and advice can be sought from
1.7 Conference Registration
Final acceptance will be dependent on the confirmed registration of all presenters
(except those conducting workshops), discussants and panel members. Presenting
authors are required to register for the conference by October 14, 2011 unless
1.8 Media involvement
Some presentations may be selected to be the subject of a media release, and
you will be asked to nominate an author to be the media contact when making
your submission online.
1.9 Request for audiovisual materials
All requests for audiovisual materials must be made in the proposal.
Please note that a laptop computer and data projector/screen are standard in
all rooms. Requests made after the proposal is submitted may not be able to
2. Guidelines for submitting proposals
The Scientific Committee has set 16 August 2011 as the deadline for
It will NOT be possible to accept submissions after this deadline.
Submissions that do not adhere to the stated guidelines cannot be reviewed
and will not be accepted.
All submissions must be made via the online submission process available on the
conference website: www.groups.psychology.org.au/cedp/2011-conference/
The submission process involves the following steps:
1. Provision of contact information for the corresponding author. It is assumed
that this is the first author of the paper.
2. Details of the presentation, including title, presentation type, stream,
authors and audio visual requests. Additional information relating to any
timetable constraints, media involvement and permission to be recorded is
also collected. We also request an optional short biography of the presenter,
which will be forwarded to the session chair for introductory purposes if
decided by the Committee. Note that all this information must be collected
at the time of the submission, and cannot be amended once the submission
has been processed.
3. Upon confirmation of the details of your submission, and agreeing to the
Terms and Conditions, you will be given an Access Key. Please record this
Access Key for future reference.
4. The final step is to upload your abstract in Microsoft Word format. Specific
information regarding the format of abstracts is provided on page 8.
5. Abstracts can be modified until the call for submissions closes at 11.59 pm
AEST on August 16, 2011.
A separate on-line submission is required for each proposed presentation
that you are submitting. It is essential that all sections of the on-line form are
completed. For a symposium, a submission made by the session convener must
include the overall abstract and the individual abstracts within the session,
including all authors, presenters and other participants.
2.1 Types of Presentations
2.1.1 Individual Papers – 15 minutes
Individual research paper presentations are especially suitable to allow a quick
transmission to a large and diverse number of people, covering topics of central
importance to the theory and practice of forensic psychology. Individual research
papers will be of general interest to a wide range of delegates.
Each individual paper will be allocated a total of 20 minutes, which includes 15
minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions from the audience. The
Committee will integrate sets of individual research papers into thematic sessions.
If there are more acceptable individual papers than slots available, then authors
may be offered a poster presentation.
It is expected that poster presentations will be a highly selective medium for
communicating cutting-edge research. Poster presentations are especially suitable to
allow a large amount of work of a diverse nature to be presented at the conference,
to provide for an interactive, meaningful discussion with the author by persons with
a special interest in the topic, and to provide an opportunity to present interesting
features of the results. During poster sessions, authors will have the opportunity to
describe and discuss their presentations in an unstructured fashion with attendees.
Presenters should be prepared to be in attendance at their poster for the entire session.
2.1.3 Symposium – 90 minutes
Symposia allow a group of people to present papers on a theme, and are especially
suitable for state-of-the-art, cutting edge developments that inform Australian
psychologists. They are interesting, in-depth, and thought-provoking on a special
area of major importance. The individual papers need to be carefully integrated
so that registrants leave with an understanding of the fundamental purpose of
A symposium can contain four 20-minute or two 30 minutes individual research papers
linked thematically around a topic of research. The Symposium Convener, who also
will chair the session, should make a single submission on behalf of the presenting
authors. Individual Symposium Presenters should NOT separately submit their
2.2 The Online Submission Process
All proposals must be submitted online at:
All abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words, including each individual abstract
which forms part of a symposium. Abstracts must be in Microsoft Word format. PDF
versions of the abstract will not be accepted.
When constructing your abstract please use as headings the following criteria which
will be used to evaluate the scientific quality of the submission (points 1-4 in no
more than 500 words):
1. Description of the research: may include: topic, research question, objectives,
purpose, conceptual or theoretical framework
2. Methodology or methods/research instruments used
3. Conclusions or expected outcomes or findings
4. Originality / value / practical relevance of the research
All submissions need to be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of
the American Psychological Association (6th Edition) and use:
Times New Roman font
12-point font (not smaller)
2.54 cm margins
Individual Papers and Posters must include an introduction and aim, procedure,
results and discussion/conclusion.
Symposia must include an overarching abstract of a maximum of 500 words, PLUS
an abstract for each paper to be presented in the symposium, consisting of an
introduction and aim, procedure, results and discussion/conclusion. Abstracts must
be submitted as a Microsoft Word document in the following format:
Title should be in lower case with the first letter being in upper case. No
other words should have capital letters unless they are proper nouns. Please
ensure that this title is the same as the title provided in the submission form.
The authors’ names should be in upper case. Each should appear in the form:
Last name, (comma) initial. (full stop) (if more than one initial, run together)
and should be followed immediately by the institution or other affiliation
(in lower case with capital letters as appropriate). There should be a comma
before the ampersand for multi-author papers or after the institution for
authors from different affiliations. The principal author should be listed first.
If the paper is being presented by another contributing author then this
person should be indicated by the letter “P” following their name.
Give the full email address of the principal presenting author in the usual
form, using conventional lettering. There should be no full-stop at the end of
the email address. Only give one email address.
How to submit a paper: A psychological perspective
JONES, M. (Harvard University), & BROWN, L. (University of Melbourne)
The length for the abstract is a maximum of 500 words. The abstract is to be formatted in accord with the
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition). Please use gender-inclusive language
and avoid cumbersome phrases. For individual research papers and symposia, abstracts are to include an overview
of the results found and highlight the practical implications of the research. Abstracts will be available online prior to
the conference, and also published in the Combined Abstracts of 2011 Australian Psychology Conferences.
Conditions of Acceptance
1. Titles of submissions and authors cannot be changed after acceptance.
2. In anticipation of the publication of abstracts, the APS requires that you grant the Society a non-exclusive right
to publish, reproduce, distribute, display and store the abstract worldwide in all forms (including on the Society’s
website), formats and media known or as developed in the future, including print, electronic and digital forms.
You will retain copyright of your abstract, in addition to the moral rights you are entitled to as author of the
abstract. The Licence to Use Copyright and Audiovisual Permissions can be viewed on the conference website.
You will be asked to agree to the terms in this licence when you submit your abstract for review.
3. Acceptance of your submission for the conference means that you will be there to present if accepted. Presenting
authors are required to register for the conference at the early bird rate by October 14, 2011.
4. Abstracts submitted by presenters who have not registered by this date will be removed from the program.
5. It is the responsibility of the session convenor/chair to ensure that all presenters register and pay for the
conference by the end of the early bird rate.
For program and submission enquiries
2011 CEDP Conference Program Coordinator
Australian Psychological Society Ltd.
Level 11, 257 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61 3 8662 3300
Toll free: 1800 333 497 APS College of Educational and
Fax: +61 3 9663 6177 Developmental Psychologists