CALL FOR PAPERS

16th Annual Research Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA (SS0:USA)

Participation: People, Places & Performances
October 19 - 21, 2017
Seattle, WA

Deadline for Abstracts Extended: April 21, 2017

The mission of SSO:USA is to facilitate high quality scholarship and a dynamic exchange of ideas that support the discipline of occupational science. One of the major ways we meet this mission is through the convening of our annual research conference.

We encourage all papers addressing substantive and methodological issues studying participation in daily activities or those activities that “occupy” our lives. Contributions from social and other sciences are welcomed.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS

Submit abstracts through this website: http://commons.pacificu.edu/cgi/ir_submit.cgi?context=sso_conf. Abstracts must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM PST on April 21st, 2017. Late abstracts will not be accepted. The primary author on each abstract will receive notification via email regarding the status of his/her submission by early June 2017.

All abstracts must be single-spaced and submitted in APA format. The corresponding author must provide his or her own, as well as all contributing author(s)’, names, credentials, and affiliations. Abstracts submitted without this information will not be published in the Proceedings for this Research Conference. Additionally, the corresponding author must provide an email that can be used for future communication.

Abstracts should be 400 words or less, not including a maximum of five key references, three key words, and author’s questions/objectives for the discussion period. Equal time is provided for presentation and discussion at this research conference. Questions/objectives should facilitate discussion on how presentation content furthers knowledge on occupational science concepts.

The primary author must identify the type of submission (research paper, theoretical paper, panel, forum or poster), a title, contributing author(s) names, credentials, and affiliations in the appropriate boxes on the website. If authors are limited to particular presentation dates or times because of institutional or religious limitations, they must indicate their presentation availability in their submission notes. Abstracts will be submitted to a blinded review process (see criteria below). Reviewers will be members of SSO:USA.

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FORMATS

RESEARCH & THEORETICAL PAPERS (Sessions for papers are 15 minutes presentation + 15 minutes discussion)

For research papers, the abstract should include the following headings: title, statement of purpose, description of methods (participants, data collection, analysis), report of results, implications related to occupational science, and discussion questions to further occupational science concepts and ideas.

For theoretical papers, the abstract should include the following headings: title, intent, argument, importance to occupational science, conclusion, and questions to facilitate discussion.

PANEL SESSIONS (90 minute panel sessions should include 3-5 brief papers on a shared topic and 30-45 minutes of discussion among panel members and audience).

Submissions should be made by the session organizer and include the following headings: title, topic, purpose/aims, methods, result or intent, argument/importance to occupational science, objectives for discussion period, and list of session’s participants with their credentials and affiliations.

FORUM SESSIONS (An individual or a team may lead a 90 minute forum on a research, pedagogy or other topic. The forum should include a short evocative presentation leading to a dynamic exchange of ideas among participants).

The submitted abstract should include the following headings: title, aims/intent, rationale, and potential outcomes for participants, and discussion questions to facilitate occupational science concepts and ideas.

RESEARCH POSTERS (This format is appropriate for in-process studies, case-studies, or completed research.). Presenters should be available to describe their study and answer questions during the 1-2 hour poster session.

The submitted abstract should include the following headings: title, statement of purpose, description of methods (participants, data collection, analysis), report of results if any, discussion/implications as related to occupational science.

CRITERIA FOR ABSTRACTS: All criteria will be ranked from completely unresponsive to the criteria to excellent response to the criteria.

Criteria for a Research Paper and Poster

  • Rigor/Trustworthiness (weight of 5): Degree to which methods described in abstract are of high quality.
  • Coherence (3): Degree to which abstract clearly describes study purpose, methods, and results.
  • Importance to Occupational Science (3): Degree to which proposed paper or poster contributes to study of occupation and to the mission of the SSO:USA.

Criteria for a Theoretical Paper

  • Coherence (weight of 3): Degree to which abstract clearly describes the intent, argument, and conclusions of the paper.
  • Importance to Occupational Science (5): Degree to which proposed paper contributes to the study of occupation and to the mission of the SSO:USA.

Criteria for a Panel

  • Rigor/Trustworthiness (weight of 3): Degree to which methods described in abstract are of high quality.
  • Coherence (3): Degree to which abstract clearly describes the intent, argument, and conclusions of the panel.
  • Importance to Occupational Science (5): Degree to which proposed panel contributes to study of occupation and to the mission of the SSO:USA.

Criteria for a Forum

  • Discussion Potential (weight of 5): Degree to which proposed forum is likely to evoke active discussion productive of new insights.
  • Originality (3): Degree to which proposed forum offers new perspectives on topics in occupational science and contributes to the mission of the SSO:USA.

Notification: The primary author on each abstract will receive notification via email regarding the status of their submission by early June, 2017.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM INCLUDES

Occupational Balance: One of the unique features of SSO:USA conferences is the attention devoted to balance in occupations and the quality of conference participants’ experiences. Planned conference activities, breaks, and meals together will allow attendees to rejuvenate and enjoy the beautiful city of Seattle.

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