Call for papers

Abstract submission

You are welcome to submit an abstract for the conference from 15 October 2022 until 31 March 2023. Contributions may take the form of poster, paper or panel. Posters and papers can be presented offline or online. Panels can only be presented offline. Presenters will be informed about acceptance of their abstracts in May 2023.

Participants may appear as first author once on a paper and/or poster and once in a panel. Exceptions are keynote speakers, pre-conference presenters, discussants and panel chairs. Non-first authorship is unlimited. Named first authors should register for the conference and present their work.

Please submit your abstract in English through the applicable form. Read the instructions below before submitting.

Required information

  • Type of presentation
  • Title
  • Keywords
  • Abstract describing content
  • Presenter and co-author information, includion affiliation and email address

Acceptance criteria

The abstract:

  1. has a clear description of the research question and relevance of the project;
  2. uses adequate research methods;
  3. has a clear line of argumentation;
  4. presents sufficient (research) material to give an interesting presentation at the conference;
  5. fits with the theme of the conference or the field of Psychology of Religion in general.

Paper Submission Format (offline or online)

A paper presentation consists of 10 minutes offline or 8 minutes online presentation and 10 or 12 minutes discussion. We encourage presenters to plan their presentations in such a way that it will elicit a constructive discussion. Papers with similar topics will be grouped into panels by the organizers. Abstracts for paper presentations should be not more than 200 words.

Submit your paper

Panel Submission Format (only offline)

A panel is a coordinated set of papers, all dealing with a particular topic or issue. A panel includes a chairperson and 3 or 4 presentations, which may include a discussant (optional). The chair is responsible for submitting a panel summary (max. 150 words) and collecting the abstracts of all the individual presentations (max. 150 words each), which have to be submitted together with the panel abstract. As with individual papers, panel proposals are purely assessed on quality, which means no guarantees exist for the acceptance of the entire panel.

Submit your panel

Poster Submission Format (offline or online)

A poster is an opportunity to display information about completed or ongoing research. Young researchers in particular are invited to share work-in-progress by means of a poster. Offline and online* posters will be displayed through the duration of the conference, but also each day a designated offline session will be scheduled in which participants can meet with authors to discuss their work. The presenting author must be present at least one full hour during the assigned session. Abstracts for poster presentations should be not more than 200 words.

* In case of an insufficient number of submissions for online posters, this option will be canceled.

Submit your poster

Best poster award

The best poster will be awarded a special certificate and free registration for one person to the next IAPR conference. The posters will be evaluated by the conference’s scientific committee based on:

  • the coherence of the content;
  • the clarity of the message;
  • the visual attractiveness of the poster.

Planning your poster

A poster should be complete and self-supporting so that different viewers may read at their leisure. The author should only need to supplement or discuss particular points raised during inquiry. Remember that several people of varying degrees of interest and experience may be viewing your poster at the same time. Therefore, you may wish to make your points as complete and brief as possible.

Offline poster dimensions should not exceed 90x120cm (35.43×47.24 inches). Posterboards are 96cm wide x 138cm high (37.8×54.33 inches). Note that this corresponds to a “portrait” orientation. Both for offline and online posters the most effective use of the space would be in a grid plan arranged in columns. Allow for space when printing and planning layouts.

The standard elements are: Introduction, Methods, Results (with supporting figures), and a Conclusion or Summary. Fonts should be easily seen from a distance of roughly 2 meters. Using the guidelines above, the introduction would be placed at the upper left, and the conclusion at the lower right, both in large type. It is not necessary to post a copy of the abstract.

The picture shows the lay-out of an academic poster. The background color is a soft yellow. On it are several darker yellow block for the different components such as author information, introduction, methods, results and conclusion. Titles and headings are in orange blocks. On the right-hand side of the poster different pictures and figures are placed to illustrate the content of the poster.
Example of a poster lay-out

Figures should also be easily seen from a distance. Use clear graphics and large fonts to accomplish this. The main points should be straightforward without extended viewing, but details should be included for those who might wish to discuss them. Because the amount of text is restricted, the figure legend could contain some of the commentary that would usually be contained in the body of a manuscript.

  • Minimize narrative.
  • Use large fonts in short separated paragraphs.
  • Do not set entire paragraphs in boldface or capital letters.
  • Numbered or bulleted lists are a concise and effective way to convey a series of points.

Prepare a banner for the top of the poster indicating the abstract title, author(s) and affiliation(s). Lettering should be about 1 1/4 inches (3.12cm) high for the title, 3/4 inches (1.9cm) high for the author’s names and 1/2 inch (1.27cm) high for affiliations.