SRA 2012 Call for Submissions!

14th Biennial Meeting
Of the Society for Research on Adolescence

14th Biennial Meeting
Of the Society for Research on Adolescence

Updated 08/12/2011

Clarification of Submission Rules for SRA 2012…URGENT!
It has recently come to our attention that the new requirement of a maximum of 3 papers or posters in a Paper or Poster Discussion Symposium was not adequately communicated in the Call for Submissions. The aim of this change was to foster dialogue during symposia by providing adequate time. However, given that this new limit of 3 papers or posters was unclear in the Call for Submissions and that some members, not being aware of the changes, have already planned sessions with 4 presenters, we will accept submissions of symposia with 4 posters or papers if there is no discussant. Paper and Poster Discussion Symposia (like all other formats) are allowed 1 hour and 30 minutes, and we continue to encourage only 3 papers or posters. Thank you for your patience on this matter. We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver! 

Vancouver, BC, Canada

March 8-10, 2012

 Submission Deadline:
Friday, August 19, 2011
11:59 PM EDT
Submission Website

The SRA Executive Council and Program Committee invite submissions for the 14th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, March 8-10, 2012.  Meeting sessions will begin at 8:30 AM on Thursday and end at 5:15 PM on Saturday. Preconference sessions will be held on Wednesday, March 7.

Persons with an interest in adolescence, whatever their discipline and wherever they are located, are encouraged to submit. Empirical, theoretical, historical, and methodological submissions related to adolescence are welcome. We also welcome student—both graduate and undergraduate—submissions. The Program Committee and the Executive Council of SRA strongly advocate the interdisciplinary and international character of the Society through its Biennial Meetings. For more information about SRA and the 14th Biennial Meeting, please visit our website:

People in all submitting roles will receive a decision notification for submissions that include their names in by November 30, 2011.

The 2012 Invited Program has been developed around the theme of “Culture and Context.” The list of speakers includes some very well-known scholars in the field of adolescence.

2012 Submission Rules

Number of Submissions:


are limited to 3 presenting roles.

IMPORTANT: The third submission for any and all people must be either a Views by Two or a Roundtable. See listing of formats below.

Presenting Roles, Defined:

  1. Chair of a Poster Discussion Symposium or Paper Discussion Symposium.
  2. Moderator for Views by Two or Roundtable.
  3. Speaker 1 and 2 in Views by Two.
  4. Author 1 of a Poster.
  5. Author 1 of a Poster in a Poster Discussion Symposium or a paper in a Paper Discussion Symposium.
  6. Panelist in a Roundtable.

Additional Considerations:

  1. Every presenting role for an individual in the same submission counts as 1 presenting role (e.g., if you chair a symposium and present a paper/poster in that symposium as Author 1, you have submitted 2 presenting roles.)
  2. Only presenting roles will be protected from schedule conflicts. Exception: The role of Discussant does not count as a presenting role but will be protected against presenter conflicts.
  3. There may be up to 10 authors per paper or poster. Roles 2-10 do not count toward the maximum number of submissions and are not protected from schedule conflicts.
  4. SRA normally does not accept submitted material which was presented or will be presented elsewhere. Published material also is not eligible for submission. Exceptions may be made in cases where SRA members have not had access to the information. A submitter of such a presentation should provide justification in an email message to the program office (tetucker@s-r-a.orgprior to submitting.
  5. After the submission deadline of August 19, 2011, NO changes may be made.
  6. SRA membership is not required to submit; however, we encourage you to take advantage of the Society’s benefits: Renew my membership / Join SRA.

During the submission process you will be asked to select 2 review panels and up to 2 Focal Areas with 2 associated Aspects each. 

Submission Guidelines

It is essential to recognize that what you enter for your submission is what will appear in the printed program book and in the online program schedule. Follow instructions carefully!

  1. Unique Identification for Each Person: (a) Enter the affiliation first; (b) then enter a complete, formal name—rather than a nickname and (c) a current email address. Please DO NOT use all upper-case letters when entering this information. Establishing a unique identity for each person ensures that he/she receives both Author Information Verification email messages and Decision Status Notification.

    Author Information Verification. (1) Every time a person is included on a submission, he/she is notified of this inclusion and sent login information via email so that contact information can be kept up-to-date. (2) After the final submission of a presentation, every person associated with that submission receives a status notification email message. Thus, an author may receive multiple emails if included on several submissions, but need only complete the verification process once.
  2. Data Entry and File Upload Guidelines:
    1. Titles: Use mixed-case letters (upper-case for the first letter of all words with 4 or more letters and lower-case letters for the remainder of the word) and appropriate punctuation. Maximum number of characters for your title—letters, punctuation, and spacing—is 130. DO NOT use all upper-case letters when entering your title.
    2. File Uploads:
      • No PDF files may be uploaded.
        • Integrative statements, abstracts, and descriptions for submissions must be typed or copied and pasted into the submission website.
        • Tables may be created in the Submission Website, or tables/figures may be uploaded in GIF, JPG, or TIF format.
      • Your integrative statement and/or abstract should be in final form: (a) Run a spell- and grammar-check in your word-processor; (b) save all edits and turn off “track changes.” Note that integrative statements for accepted submissions will be available to view in the online program schedule.
    3. Special considerations – enter under “Additional Details” step on Submissions Website
      • Group Authorship (consortia, projects, programs): Please enter this information into the appropriate field as instructed on the Submission Website.
      • Individual requests regarding scheduling for special situations may be made at the time of submission. The reason for your request must be included. We will do our best to accommodate your needs in our scheduling process; however, we cannot guarantee that your request will be honored.
    4. After the submission deadline, NO revisions may be made.

Review Process and Criteria for All Submissions 

  1. Sufficient empirical data, coded and analyzed even if not yet complete, must be included in your summary to provide a basis for evaluation of your submission.
  2. Each submission undergoes a blinded review by at least two members of either your first- or second-choice review panel.
  3. If two ratings of a submission differ appreciably, the panel chair also will rate the submission.
  4. Submissions are rated according to the following criteria:
    1. Clarity of formulation/conceptualization;
    2. Adequacy of methods;
    3. Appropriateness of interpretations;
    4. Importance of topic; and
    5. For multi-presenter formats: Cohesion among presentations, relevance of presentations to the topic, and expression of different views.
    6. Inclusion of elements of the Strategic Plan also will be an important consideration when choosing among submissions with equivalent scientific merit. Specifically, these elements include multidisciplinary, international, and cultural/contextual research.
  5. Reviewers will rate your submission at the bottom level if submission rules and procedures are not followed. For example, if:
    1. Author names, unless requested, or other identifying material (i.e., grant support) are part of the integrative statement or summary;
    2. Material is submitted more than once, e.g., both as a poster and as a symposium presentation; and/or
    3. Your abstract lacks sufficient data—coded and analyzed, even if not yet complete—to provide a basis for reviewer evaluation.

Submission Formats:

For detailed information, including examples of for each format, click on the format name below.

  1. Poster. Posters are the format for individual, free-standing research presentations. Posters 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.
  2. Poster Discussion Symposium. The symposium is a focused group of presentations in which individuals present on a common issue. Presenter goals should include diversity of perspective and integration of those perspectives into a meaningful whole. Up to 4 posters must be prepared, one for each presentation in the symposium, providing visual/graphic information on the presenter’s perspective of the symposium topic. The first 20 minutes of the session is devoted to poster viewing and discussion with individual authors, followed by 40 minutes of brief integrative presentations by the chair, first authors of each poster, and the optional discussant. The 30-minute audience discussion wraps up the session. Each poster occupies one poster board for the entire session. The room for presenting this session is divided: Two double-sided poster boards occupy one area, and the remainder of the room is set with a head table and audience seating. A Poster Discussion Symposium does not include PowerPoint slides. Total time allowed for the session: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
    Note: While we had originally indicated that 3 posters were the maximum for this format, we have recently changed the maximum to 4 posters if there is no discussant due to the fact that the changes were not adequately communicated. Poster Discussion Symposia (like all other presentation formats) are allowed a total 1 hour and 30 minutes, and we continue to encourage only 3 posters to maximize the time for discussion.
  3. Views by Two. A Views by Two is a friendly, vigorous, and engaging debate by two scholars presenting different perspectives on a significant theoretical, methodological, or empirical question/issue. SRA believes that meeting attendees will enjoy a format with a spontaneous exchange of ideas and the opportunity for active audience involvement. The audience must be given at least 30 minutes to raise questions/issues during the session.  A Roundtable does not include PowerPoint slides. Total time allotted to a session: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  4. Roundtable. This format is intended as a forum for a discussion of overarching questions/issues, not for presentation of specific research findings. The Roundtable is an engaging conversation among three or four scholars and the audience about ideas, methods, or professional- and research-related experiences. A central question or theme should serve as a focus for the roundtable. SRA believes that meeting attendees will enjoy a format with a spontaneous exchange of ideas. The broader purpose of a Roundtable is to encourage networking among individuals or groups who may benefit from shared experiences or from hearing different views on a controversial topic. The audience must be given 30 minutes to respond to the questions/issues raised and to introduce additional questions and comments to the panel. A Roundtable does not include PowerPoint slides. Total time allotted to a session: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  5. Paper Discussion Symposium. A 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. Symposium organizers are strongly encouraged to incorporate multiple disciplines, all aspects of diversity, and international participation into their submissions. These elements will be important considerations when reviewers are choosing among submissions with equivalent scientific merit. Previous SRA biennial meeting attendees indicated a desire for an opportunity to engage with symposium paper presenters. Thus, we ask that 30 minutes be set aside for discussion with the audience as part of the symposiumUp to 4 papers may be submitted for this format if there is no discussant. Total time allotted to a session: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
    Note: While we had originally indicated that 3 papers were the maximum for this format, we have recently changed the maximum to 4 papers if there is no discussant due to the fact that the changes were not adequately communicated. Paper Discussion Symposia (like all other presentation formats) are allowed a total 1 hour and 30 minutes, and we continue to encourage only 3 papers to maximize the time for discussion.

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