Submissions for 2010
The ScholarOne Abstract website will be managing our
abstract submissions this year. The ScholarOne site
will be available for submissions beginning Wednesday,
September 16, 2009. To facilitate reviews and scheduling,
all abstracts will be submitted via the website. Click
here for detailed submission instructions and click
here for the link to the ScholarOne website. http://spr2010.abstractcentral.com/
Deadline for Submission
The online abstract submission site is open as of Wednesday,
September 16, 2009.Submission deadline is Monday, October
26, 2009, EXTENDED
TO NOVEMBER 9, 2009
Presenting Author Acceptance notifications will be e-mailed
in mid-March 2010.
Presenting Author Schedule notifications will be e-mailed
The complete schedule will be available mid-April 2009.
Author Instructions (click
here for PDF version)
Please note that abstract text cannot exceed approximately
400 words, or 2800 characters including spaces.
Abstracts to SPR should focus on the special and general
conference themes of the SPR Annual Meeting and may
consist of reports of empirical findings, discussions
of theoretical, conceptual or methodological issues,
and presentations of innovative work in the field of
prevention science. Research conducted at all phases
of the prevention research cycle are welcomed, including
studies of epidemiology, etiology, preventive intervention
trials, demonstration projects, policy research, natural
experiments, program evaluations, clinical trials, prevention-related
basic research, pre-intervention studies, efficacy and
effectiveness trials, population trials, and studies
of the diffusion/dissemination of science-based prevention.
Researchers, practitioners, and advocates within all
content areas of public health, education, human services,
criminal justice, and medical science that focus on
preventive behavioral interventions, prophylactics,
or health policy strategies are welcome to submit on
relevant topics, including, but not limited to health
promotion, maternal health, infant and child health,
mental health/mental disorders, family conflict, substance
abuse and addiction (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs),
suicide, violence, delinquency, crime, academic failure,
dropping-out of school, cardiovascular disease, cancer,
HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted disease, unintended
pregnancy, unemployment, occupation safety, auto accidents,
unintended injury, poverty, welfare, and managed care.
Further, SPR strongly encourages submissions by early
career prevention scientists, including graduate students,
post-doctoral fellows, and researchers who have recently
begun to work independently.
One of SPR’s missions is to facilitate the development
of more junior prevention scientists. We encourage senior
researchers to collaborate with early career researchers
and submit linked abstracts for presentations on specific
themes or individual projects. These need not be limited
to organized paper or poster forum presentations.
Given the limited time and rooms for oral presentations,
we are especially interested in organized paper symposia
and poster forums that include authors from a variety
of research groups and from more than one project. The
Program Committee also encourages organized paper symposia
and poster forums consisting of several authors from
single research studies, such as multi-site and/or longitudinal
We encourage submissions of organized poster forums.
The organized poster forum combines the individual interactions
of a poster presentation and the extended group discussion
opportunities of an organized symposium.
We encourage authors to consider submitting an individual
poster presentation. We seek broad participation in
the conference, and many individual poster presentations
can be accommodated. We will again combine the NIDA
International SPR Poster Session and the two evening
poster sessions with receptions to enhance camaraderie.
Please note that all submissions must be in English
as all presentations will be in English.
Individual Paper Presentation
Abstracts of individual research papers may be submitted
for a 15-20 minute oral presentation. A maximum of three
individual papers will be grouped together based on
a theme within a 90-minute concurrent session. A volunteer
chair will facilitate an extended period of open discussion
following the three oral paper presentations.
Poster displays allow presenters to discuss their research
with interested colleagues during a two-hour block of
time. The poster sessions will be held in the early
evening along with a reception, and will not compete
with any other sessions. Please note there is a separate
NIDA International Poster Session.
Organized Paper Symposium
An organized paper symposium provides for multiple oral
research presentations to be made on a single theme
involving a brief introduction by the chair, 3 (maximum)
presenters, with one discussant (encouraged, though
optional) and open discussion from the floor. Presenters
have 15 minutes to present the core content and the
discussant has 15 minutes to comment upon the presentations
with 30 minutes reserved for interactive discussion,
facilitated by the chair, between the presenters and
the session audience. An abstract should be submitted
that describes the overall symposium, and separate abstracts
should be submitted for each proposed presentation (that
is, 4 abstracts should be submitted for a symposium
with 3 presenters). This year, using the ScholarOne
online abstract submission system, it is most efficient
to have one person submit all components of the organized
Organized Poster Forum
An organized poster forum provides for multiple, 4-8
(maximum), poster research presentations to be made
on a single theme. Posters will be displayed for a 45-minute
period allowing time for presenters to individually
discuss their research with the session audience as
they move through the posters. 15 minutes is allocated
for comments from a discussant (encouraged, though optional)
and 30 to 45 minutes (if no discussant) of general discussion,
moderated by the chair, between the presenters and the
session audience. This year, using the ScholarOne online
abstract submission system, it is most efficient to
have one person submit all components of the organized
Roundtable Discussion/Scientific Dialogue
A roundtable discussion/scientific dialogue (RD/SD)
does not present research findings, but rather addresses
an area or issue of fundamental importance to the field,
in a format that encourages a lively exchange of different
points of views. Examples include training and funding
opportunities in prevention, priorities in prevention,
and advocacy for the use of scientific approaches to
prevention. The RD/SD chair and the panel of 3-6 discussants
often include members/people outside the research community.
The 90-minute RD/SD should include a brief introduction
clearly outlining the issues presented by the chair
followed by each of the discussants elaborating on their
different viewpoints and perspectives on the issue.
Then the chair facilitates extended open discussion
with the session audience and the discussants. The RD/SD
abstract submission should include only one abstract
(unlike an organized symposium), which should include
the names of the chair and the discussants, an outline
of the issue and varying viewpoints and indicate which
discussant will be elaborating on each viewpoint.
Abstracts are encouraged that describe prevention-related
technology and science-based prevention program materials.
A technology demonstration session will be presented
during the conference for "hands-on" presentations
of technology, such as statistical analysis programs,
data collection instruments and techniques, literature
search techniques, or science-based prevention curricula.
The technology demonstration session will be held in
the early evening along with a reception concurrently
with the poster sessions.
All persons associated with an abstract submission shall
be included in the abstract author information. Please
select author roles carefully. To maximize participation
in oral presentations a limit on a Presenting Author’s
abstract submissions has been instituted. Oral presentations
are limited to TWO per person, therefore when inviting
your presenters for an organized symposium, confirm
that they have not already committed to more than one
other organized symposium presentation, an individual
oral presentation, or a poster forum presentation. Chairing
a symposium or being a discussant does not count as
an oral presentation.
Entered By – This individual
is responsible for accurate entering of all abstract
information and may or may not be an author or presenter.
There is a minimum and maximum of one “Entered
Primary Author – This individual
is the primary author of the abstract and/or research
paper. The primary author may or may not be a presenting
author and may or may not attend the meeting. There
is a minimum and maximum of one “Primary Author.”
Presenting Author – This individual
is the presenter for oral (both individual papers or
within an organized symposium) and poster presentations
and technology demonstrations. This individual must
attend the meeting. There is a minimum and maximum of
one “Presenting Author.” A presenting author
is limited to TWO oral presentations in the meeting.
Co-Author – This individual(s)
is a co-author on the abstract and/or research paper.
Co-authors may or may not attend the meeting. There
is no minimum or maximum requirement for “Co-Authors.”
Chair – This individual organizes
the symposium, roundtable/scientific discussion or poster
forum. The chair is responsible for coordinating the
presenters’ abstracts, selecting the theme for
the submission and that the presenters and discussant
attend the meeting. The Chair acts as moderator to ensure
presenters keep to the 15-minute time limit and to facilitate
the open discussion segment of the session. The Chair
must attend the meeting. There is a minimum and maximum
of one Chair for an organized symposium, roundtable/scientific
dialogue and poster forum.
Discussant – This is an optional
role in organized symposia and a role in roundtable
discussions/scientific dialogues. Discussants are not
expected to give presentations. In an organized symposium
a discussant’s role/goal is to identify common
themes among the presentations, clarify the “big-picture,”
and integrate the research presentations. In a roundtable/scientific
discussion a discussant’s role is to elaborate
on varying perspectives within the specified area or
issue. Discussants are not limited to the number of
organized symposia or roundtable/scientific dialogues
in which they participate.
Note to all Presenting Authors, Chairs and Discussants
– If your abstract(s) and session(s) are accepted
you are required to register for the meeting.
Basic ScholarOne Abstract Submission Rules
The direct URL for the Society for Prevention (SPR)
ScholarOne abstract submission site is http://spr2010.abstractcentral.com/.
When you are on the ScholarOne site each abstract submission
step has its own set of instructions displayed.
It is important to note that throughout the abstract
submission process you MUST press the "Save and
Continue" button at the bottom of the page.
Step by Step Abstract
The direct URL is http://spr2010.abstractcentral.com/
your ScholarOne user account. Click on the link “Create
to save your user name and password.
After you log in, you will be taken to the Welcome Page.
Next select the “Submission” top menu tab.
Next select the radio button for the abstract type to
either create a new abstract for the submission process
or to edit an abstract that you’ve already started.
Then click “Go” at the bottom of the page.
On the next “Submission” page you can either
“View Submissions” or “Create a new
submission”. You can view submissions (within
that abstract type) or create a new submission. To navigate
between "Abstract Types" you must click on
the top menu tab "Submissions" and click on
the radio button for another abstract type.
The “View Submissions”, lists the abstracts
you have created for that abstract type. This page will
be blank (you will not see any abstracts associated
with your name) when you log in for the first time.
Completed submissions are listed on the top part of
the page. Submissions still in draft are listed on the
bottom of the page. After you have successfully submitted
your abstract(s), please make sure to delete any unnecessary
If you are creating a new submission or editing and
existing submission the submission steps are listed
on the left-hand side of the screen, and they will automatically
be checked off as you complete each step of the submission
process. You can go to any step by clicking on it.
INDIVIDUAL PAPER, POSTER, TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS
AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS FOLLOW STEPS 1-7 DESCRIBED
ORGANIZED PAPER SYMPOSIUM AND ORGANIZED POSTER FORUM
HAVE AN ADDITONAL STEP. YOU WILL BE ASKED TO ENTER THE
Step 1: Title and Body
Type or copy-and-paste the title and body of your abstract
into the boxes below. Please note that if you copy and
paste from a word processing software, such as Microsoft
Word, any formatting you have done to your document
(bolding, italicizing your text) will be lost!
In order to copy and paste the text of
your abstract, you may need to use keyboard shortcuts.
o To copy text from the text boxes, press CTRL+C (APPLE+C
on a Macintosh).
o To paste text into the text boxes, press CTRL+V (APPLE+V
on a Macintosh).
• Enter the title in Title Case. Do NOT put the
title in quotation marks and do NOT make the title all
• Special Characters: In most cases, Greek letters
and other special characters will transfer from your
word processing software. The Special Character Palette
is available if you need a special character that you
are unable to find in your word processor.
• There is a limit of 2,800 characters, including
spaces, for the text of your submission. Authors and
institutions will not be counted.
• Press the "Save" button at any time
to review character usage for this submission.
Step 2: Submission Rules
This is general information about the submission process.
You must read them and check off the box at the bottom
of the page before you can continue.
Step 3: Presentation Type (Category)/Theme
Abstract Type: In this step you confirm your presentation
type i.e. abstract type: individual paper, individual
poster, technology demonstration, organized paper symposium
or a paper within an organized paper symposium, organized
poster forum or a poster within an organized poster
forum or a round table discussion.
Abstract Theme: You will also select your theme in this
step. Please consider the theme carefully. Your abstract
will be reviewed, accepted for presentation and grouped
with like thematic presentations. For organized paper
symposium or organized poster forums ALL papers or posters
within these sessions must have the same theme.
There is also an informational section on AV equipment
In this step is also the opportunity for an author who
is submitting an individual paper or a paper within
an organized paper symposium to indicate that if your
paper cannot be scheduled as a paper due to the limitations
of meeting time and space would you be willing to make
a poster presentation.
Step 4: Awards
If submitting an individual poster and if you are a
student you may indicate if you would like to take part
in the ECPN Student Poster Contest.
Step 5: Institutional Affiliation
• Institutional affiliations are entered prior
to adding authors.
• Enter all institutions with which your authors
• Enter each institution only once. For example,
if there are 5 authors, 3 of whom are from one institution
and 2 of whom are from another, you will enter 2 institutions,
not 5. However, if there are 2 or more departments at
the same institution represented, they should be entered
• On the next screen, you can associate your authors
with their respective institutions.
• Enter the information requested in the "Add
an Affiliation" box below, then press "Add".
• To edit an affiliation you have already added,
click on the Edit icon and make your changes.
Step 6: Author Identification:
Identify authors for each submission.
• To create a list of authors for this submission,
click the "Add Author" button below. In the
resulting window, enter the required information. Do
not enter a period after initials. Click "Save"
after entering each one.
• Associate each author with their respective
institutions by entering the appropriate reference number
from the drop down boxes to the right of each name.
Reference numbers can be found under the Affiliations
list above the add author section.
• All persons associated with an abstract submission
shall be included in the abstract author information.
Please select author roles carefully. Oral presentations
are limited to TWO per person, which includes individual
papers and presenting authors within an organized paper
symposium. Serving as chair or as a discussant in an
organized paper symposium does not count as an oral
presentation. There are no limits to poster presentations
including posters within an organized poster forum.
• Entered By - This individual is responsible
for accurate entering of all abstract information and
may or may not be an author or presenter. There is a
minimum and maximum of one “Entered By.”
• Primary Author - This individual is the primary
author of the abstract and/or research paper. The primary
author may or may not be a presenting author and may
or may not attend the meeting. There is a minimum and
maximum of one “Primary Author.” By default,
the "Entered By" author is the Primary author
- you may leave it defaulted this way, as this role
has no bearing on abstract authors.
• Presenter - This individual is the presenter
for oral (both individual papers within an organized
paper symposia and organized poster forums) and poster
presentations and technology demonstrations. This individual
must attend the meeting. There is a minimum and maximum
of one “Presenting Author.” A presenting
author is limited to TWO oral presentations in the meeting.
• Co-Author - This individual(s) is a co-author
on the abstract and/or research paper. Co-authors may
or may not attend the meeting. There is no minimum or
maximum requirement for “Co-Authors.”
• When you have finished entering all authors
YOU MUST put them in the order they should appear on
the abstract in the final program. Use the drop-down
boxes in the far left column of the list to do this.
Failure to properly order the authors will result in
them being incorrectly listed when the submission is
published. After you have reordered the authors, click
the "Save" button at the bottom of the list.
Conflict of Interest
The goals of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR)
are to promote the advancement of science-based prevention
programs and policies through empirical research. The
Society has a fundamental interest in ensuring that
its educational programs and service activities are
consistent with these goals. The purpose of this Disclosure
Statement is to ask prospective participants in SPR
activities to consider whether or not they may have
a conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, that
may compromise or appear to compromise the objectivity
or unbiased nature of their presentations.
conflicts of interest may arise out of commitments involving
honoraria, consultant relationships, participation in
a speakers’ bureau, stock holdings or options,
royalties, ownership of a company or patent, research
contracts or grants, and, in some instances, being an
official representative of another organization. (For
more information go to SPR website: http://www.preventionresearch.org.)
presenters at SPR-sponsored meetings will complete the
Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement form. Any
conflict of interest should also be announced verbally
or in writing (slide, poster, etc.) during presentation
at the SPR meeting or activity. You will be asked to
indicate if you have a potential conflict of interest
that creates, or may be perceived as creating, a conflict
related to this activity. If you reply “yes”
there is a drop-down menu for you to describe that conflict.
7 Proof and Submit
• If you have no errors or omissions in your abstract
a "Submit" button will appear at the end of
• If the Error Box appears you must correct all
errors before the abstract can be submitted. Once the
errors have been resolved the "Submit" button
• Please carefully proofread each portion of your
abstract. Be particularly careful to make sure your
Category selection(s) are correct, that the authors
are in the proper order and associated with the correct
institution(s), that Special Characters are displayed
in the proper places, and that there are no typographical
errors in the text of the title and body of the abstract.
• If you exit the system without submitting the
abstract, it will be logged in the system as a draft
and will appear in the "Draft" section of
your "View Submissions" page when you reenter
Submit: After proofreading, and editing if necessary,
please hit the submit button. Your submission will remain
in “draft” status until you, as the entering
author, click the “Submit” button. The deadline
for submitting is Monday, November 9, 2009, at 11:59
Please don’t hesitate to contact the administrative
office with submission questions. Jennifer Lewis will
gladly walk you through any of the submission steps.
In particular you may benefit from a few minutes of
explanation as to how to start the organized symposia
Society for Prevention Research
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