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Submission Guidelines: SSSP Conference 2019

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Submission for contributions to SSSP 2019 is now closed!




SSSP Full, Associate, Student, and Affiliate Members are eligible to present in the Conference program. Non-members can present only if the presentation is co-authored by a Full or Associate member. All presenters must register for the conference.



Types of Presentations:

  • Posters are the principal format appropriate for the presentation of empirical results.
  • Oral Paper Sessions are appropriate for groups of 3 to 4 related empirical or theoretical papers. The program committee will group paper submissions into the sessions. Depending on the number of submissions, authors may be asked to present in a poster session.
  • Symposia are submitted by a moderator and include 3 to 4 related paper presentations. A discussant is not required.


Please note that SSSP has a long-standing tradition of accepting no more than one first-authored paper per person, unless the second paper is an invited one.



Required Materials for All Submissions:

  1. Title of submission
  2. Name of each author and institution/organization
  3. Email address for each author
  4. For Poster submissions: An abstract of up to 1500 characters /~250 words) that describes the problem, the methods, and summarizes the main findings and implications.
  5. For Paper submissions: An abstract of up to 1500 characters (~250 words) for Paper submissions that describes the problem, the methods, and summarizes the main findings and implications
  6. For Symposia submissions: The moderator should provide an abstract of up to 900 characters (~150 words) that summarizes the symposium; each presenter should also provide an abstract of up to 1500 characters (~250 words) that describes the problem, the methods, and summarizes the main findings and implications.



Priorities for Paper and Symposia Submissions:

As the Society and biennial conference continues to grow in size, we anticipate that we will be unable to accept many high-quality presentations. Thus, our goal is to be transparent with the review process and the priorities for the program.


Our priorities for the 2019 program are to highlight diverse views and research studies that are methodologically rigorous and provide novel perspectives on the study of psychopathy. We also strongly encourage to submit submissions on applied issues related to psychopathy (e.g., treatment, court assessments, police interrogation/ investigation, etc.) and/or to relate theoretical insights and empirical findings to implications for practice.


Therefore, beyond the merit of each submission, the following points will be considered in creating the final program:

  • Diverse view - Submissions, particularly symposia, that present diverse views from different labs and using various methodologies will be prioritized;
  • Diverse approaches and samples - Presentations will be selected to balance the different types of approaches (e.g., psychometric, treatment/prevention, biological, risk factor) and samples (e.g., forensic, community, high risk, child, adult) used. Symposia that cut across approaches, samples and age periods are of great interest;
  • Novelty and methodological rigor - Presentations that address topics not recently covered in previous conferences and not already published will be prioritized. Presentations that contain preliminary or final results will also be prioritized.



Evaluation Criteria for Submissions:

Submissions will be evaluated by the program committee across several dimensions. These dimensions are consistent with the past SSSP conference and NIH review criteria with additional evaluation of the points above (i.e., diverse views, diverse approaches, and novelty). Submissions will be evaluated on the following dimensions:

  • Significance of the research to advancing basic and/or practical significance in the understanding of psychopathy;
  • Innovation and novelty for the broad field of the study of psychopathy, and in regard to prior SSSP conference presentations;
  • Approach of the study: methodological rigor and appropriateness of analyses, including the presentation of results in abstract submissions;
  • Integration of different perspectives;
  • Diversity of research lab representation and perspectives, and use of different types of approaches and/or samples.

Scores generated on the above criteria will be used to rank the best submissions. Then, from within the best submissions, we will balance the different types of research and perspectives to provide a diverse and broad conference program.



Five-Minute “Blitz talk” Papers:

The “Blitz talks” will involve timed 5-minute presentations. Each period will be timed allowing for more presentations within a typical presentation talk. The program committee will choose several very meritorious submissions from Paper or Symposia submissions that were not selected for traditional presentations to be part of these 5-minute presentations. Moreover, the program committee will identify several highly meritorious poster submissions to have the opportunity to be part of these five-minute presentations as well. Thus, there is no need to submit for this type of talk, but if you submit any type of presentation, you will be able to indicate if you’d be interested in being considered for this format. All presenters of the Blitz talks will be requested to prepare a poster to supplement their five-minute presentation.



Cheryl Wynne Hare Memorial Award:

The Cheryl Wynne Hare Memorial Award will be awarded to the student (Master's, PhD, graduate) who presents the best poster at the conference. Students who wish to be considered for this award must indicate that when submitting their abstract.


Requirements for applying for the Cheryl Wynne Hare Memorial Award include that the student must be the first author of the submission and only completed studies can be submitted for this award. Posters being considered for the Cheryl Wynne Hare Memorial Award are presented on the first day of the conference. Students submitting for this award must attend this poster session and be available to discuss their work with the Award Committee and other members. In evaluating the submission, the Award Committee will consider both the poster and the discussion with the applicant.


Please note, that you will need to indicate if you are eligible for the Cheryl Wynn Hare Memorial Award at time of abstract submission.



Program Committee Questions may be directed to:

  • Kasia Uzieblo (Co-chair) Email:
  • Carlo Garofalo (Co-chair)
  • Andrea Glenn
  • Mark Olver
  • Mary Ritchie
  • Laura Thornton