Call for Papers Submission Guidelines

Call for Papers Submission Guidelines


Guidelines on Time Allotted for different formats:

Papers/Presentations: 30 to 45 minutes

Workshops: 60 to 90 minutes

Symposiums: 60 to 90 minutes

Panels: 60 to 90 minutes

Roundtables: 30-45 minutes

Posters:  Size restrictions


The deadline to submit proposals for papers, workshops, symposiums, and panels is April 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. The deadline to submit poster presentations is July 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

New Proposal Submission Process

Proposals are submitted online on the Adoption Initiative Conference Registration and Submission website located at http://adoptioninitiative.msu.edu/.

Please complete the Adoption Initiative Conference Submission Form. This form is available through the online submission system in this website. Proposals will only be admissible if submitted through the online submission system on or before the applicable submission due dates at 11:59 PM EST. You will be asked to provide detailed information on presenters, the type of presentation, and a summary of the presentation (see detailed list below). Presenters are required to upload full papers, abstracts, CVs and personal digital photos.   

Required submission proposal information includes the following:

1.         Primary Author/Presenter and Affiliation(s)

2.         Contact Information for Primary Author/Presenter (e.g., address, phone, email)

3.         Co-Presenter(s) and Affiliation(s)

4.         Contact Information for Co-Presenter(s) (e.g., address, phone, email)

5.         Title of Presentation/Paper/Poster/Workshop

6.         Format: Presentation, Paper, Research Poster, or Workshop

7.         Goals (list 3-4)

8.         Content Description of the Presentation (300 words or less)

9.         Intended Audience

10.       Summary for Brochure (50 words or less)

11.       Curriculum Vitae/ Resumes for all presenters

12.       Statement on Originality of Presentation (Has this workshop/presentation been presented prior to this conference? If so, when? Where? How many times?

13.       Review of Required Documentation Form 


Presenters are required to complete the submission form in its entirety.  Incomplete submissions forms will not be considered for review. 

Overall acceptance rates vary in any given year and not all proposals will be accepted.  The proposal review committee will evaluate each proposal based on the following criteria:

1.         Relevance of the topic to the conference

2.         Relevance to the conference theme

3.         Contribution to theory

4.         Contribution to research

5.         Contribution to practice

6.         Organization and clarity

7.         Quality of writing 

8.         Overall evaluation


All presenters must register for the conference and pay the conference fees for presenters. 

Paper, panel, symposium, and workshop presenters selected will be notified via e-mail by early June and are expected to register for the conference no later than August 15, 2020. Conference registration will be open on May 1, 2020. Poster presenters selected will be notified via email by mid June, 2020. 

Any questions regarding the proposal submission process should be forwarded to conference organizers at the following email address: adoptioninitiative@gmail.com.

Visit the Adoption Initiative website at http://adoptioninitiative.org/ for more information on past conference themes, organization and publications.