Frequently Asked Questions
When is the deadline to submit?
The submission deadline is Tuesday, November 11, 2013, 11:59PM EST.
Who can submit?
Faculty, graduate students, and individuals holding a doctorate in psychology may submit. Undergraduates presenting their own research should submit to the Psi Chi portion of the meeting.
Must I be a Member of MPA to submit?
One author on each submission should be a regular (faculty) or graduate student member of MPA. Coauthors need not be members, but they are encouraged to join MPA. They may join here.
Must I register for the Annual Meeting in order to present?
Yes. All people attending the meeting must register for the meeting. Members pay lower registration fees than nonmembers. You may register here.
How do I submit?
Submit online, beginning September 1, 2013. You will need to provide contact information for you and your coauthors, a 50-word abstract for the program, and a 400-word abstract to be reviewed by the program committee. Instructions are on the submission site.
I'm an undergraduate. What should I do?
Undergraduates are welcome at the Annual Meeting. Undergraduates can present at the MPA meeting as long at one of their coauthors is an MPA member. Undergraduates presenting their own research should submit to the Psi Chi portion of the meeting. Undergraduates cannot become MPA members, but they should register for the meeting in advance. They can register here.
I'm not a student or faculty member but want to attend the Annual Meeting. What should I do?
People who are not currently psychologists or students should register for the Annual Meeting as nonmembers. Registration is available here.
The submission site asks for my username and password. Is this is same as my MPA email and pass?
No. The first time you submit this year, you should create a new username and password for the submission site. You can use this username and password to access the submission site until the submission deadline if you have multiple submissions or want to edit a submission. This username and password is not the same as your MPA email and password.
What are my chances of being accepted?
The program committee reviews submissions. Each submission is assigned to two reviewers based on the topic area you identify (e.g., stereotyping, behavioral neuroscience). Reviews are blind. The overall rejection rate for last year's meeting was 14.8%. The rejection rate is similar across topic areas:
What are the most common reasons submissions are rejected?
One common reason we cannot accept papers is because data collection is not yet complete. The program committee favors research that is complete or near completion. Other papers are rejected because there is insufficient information or data in the abstract for reviewers to judge the merits of the project. Submitters are allowed to include one table or figure with their submission. A table or figure is often useful to reviewers. A third reason for rejection is failure to follow instructions. Please be sure to provide all necessary information with your submission.
When will I find out if my presentation is accepted?
Notifications are sent in early January. The first author of each submission will receive an email.