Preparing to Submit an Abstract


The ABCT Convention was created for scientists, practitioners, students, and scholars who come from a broad range of disciplines. The central goal is to provide educational and scientific experiences related to behavioral and cognitive therapies and related scientific endeavors that meet the needs of attendees across experience levels, interest areas, and theoretical orientations. Some presentations offer the chance to learn what is new and exciting in behavioral and cognitive assessment and treatment. Other presentations address the clinical-scientific issues of how we develop empirical support for our work and the underlying psychopathology. The convention also provides opportunities for professional networking. The ABCT Convention consists of General Sessions, Targeted and Special Programing, and Ticketed Events.


1. DEADLINE: Monday, March 15, 2021 at 3:00 a.m. EDT.

2. CHARACTER LIMIT: Character count does not include spaces.

  • Symposia: 13,800 characters for the entire text. The summary abstract: 2800 characters. Individual presentation abstracts: 2200 characters each; three to five presentations total.
  • Research Spotlight Presentations: 1950 characters
  • Panel Discussions & Clinical Round Tables: 1950 characters
  • Poster Sessions: 2800 characters

3. ABSTRACT LIMIT: An individual must limit to 6 the number of submissions in which he or she is the first author (including posters), the chair or moderator, the discussant, panelist, or an invited speaker. Acceptances will be limited to 4 first author presentations.


  • For detailed Text Instructions, please click here
  • For a Screenshot Guide of each step of the process, please click here
  • For an Author Info Checklist (info you'll need from presenters), please click here
  • To view the Call for Papers: General Sessions, please click here
  • To view the Call for Papers: Ticketed Sessions, please click here


Abstracts are reviewed based on a number of criteria including: scientific merit, quality, clarity, relevance to ABCT's priorities, relevance to the Convention theme, potential contribution to the field, integration of research, research design and analyses, and SIG sponsorship. We also encourage symposia to include presenters across a full range of career levels. Submissions are reviewed and scored independently by 3 Program Committee members (2 for posters). Reviewers are not blind to authorship but are instructed to recuse themselves in the case of real or apparent conflicts of interest. Given the large number of high quality submissions across submission types, acceptance decisions are difficult and we are unable to provide feedback on submissions or reconsider rejected submissions. Please note that decisions to accept/reject submissions are not solely based on Reviewers' ratings. The Program Chair and Committee will consider the full portfolio of the program to ensure diversity of content and presenters when finalizing decisions.




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