Abstract Review Criteria

Conference Proposal Tips from the 2021 AAAL Leadership

Overview of Criteria

Criteria Scale
Appropriateness and Importance of the Topic  Scored 1 (poor) - 6 (excellent)
Theoretical Orientation Scored 1 (poor) - 6 (excellent)
Research Design / Conceptual Framework Scored 1 (poor) - 6 (excellent)
Organization and Clarity Scored 1 (poor) - 6 (excellent)
Select one of the following recommendations Clear Reject, Accept if Space, or Accept
Overall Average of the first 4 criteria
Comments Open-ended feedback for the submitter

Evaluation of Proposals

All proposals are evaluated by a team of reviewers according to each of the following categories:

  • Appropriateness and significance of the topic/issue/problem
  • Expectation of original research
  • Research design if an empirical study, including clearly stated questions, data sources, data collection procedures, and analytic approach
  • Conceptual framework if a conceptual study, including integration of topic into current thinking, clear exposition of treatment of topic and contributions to the literature
  • Manner of presentation (indicative of a clear and well-organized presentation)

Proposals for roundtable sessions will also be evaluated for each of the following categories:

  • Clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session
  • Methods planned to engage participants in the discussion

Proposals for colloquia will also be evaluated for each of the following categories:

  • Appropriateness and significance of the topic
  • Presentation of original and on-going research studies OR differing or dissenting perspectives on an important issue
  • Coherence and complementarity of the papers
  • Manner of presentation
    • Two-Hour Colloquia: clearly indicated schedule of activity with significant amounts of time allocated for discussion of the presentations and audience participation)
    • One-Hour Colloquia: i) three clearly indicated separate papers, each with content that lends itself to a 10-minute presentation; ii) a colloquium organizer (who must be one or more of the authors of the individual papers); and iii) a clearly indicated schedule that allows for a minimum of 20 minutes of discussion following the presentation of the three papers

Please note that if colloquia are accepted, the schedule of activity, including the order of presentations, will appear in the conference program as listed in the proposal and must be respected in the actual presentation of papers.

Acceptance of proposals is based on the criteria above (scores, global ratings, comments), final recommendations by Strand Coordinators, and final decisions by the Conference Program Team based on available space at the conference and balance across strands.