Call for Submissions


Call for Submission is now open.


The IOP Conference celebrates the best of emerging research and leading practice applications in the diverse wold of organisational psychology. It provides a platform to showcase leading edge science and derive inspiration from innovative practices in organisational psychology – both in Australia and globally.

The 2019 conference theme is Built to Last: People, Performance, Systems and Culture which focuses on sustainability, a topic foremost in the minds of many organisations and professionals in the current economic climate. 

Have you conducted any inventive research lately? Have you been involved in implementing an innovative program at your workplace? If so why not share this with like-minded colleagues at the July 2019 IOP Conference in Adelaide.

We would like to invite submissions from researchers and practitioners alike for the following presentation types:

Individual Research (or Case Study) Paper - Oral (20 minutes)
These individual paper presentations are brief, impactful sessions which provide an opportunity for presenters to share cutting edge research or present case studies of organisational psychology in practice. These sessions are designed to promote new developments across a range of topics, covering both the theory and practice of organisational psychology.

Individial Research (or Case Study) Paper - Poster
The individual posters are a great way to visually showcase new research or case studies with a broad range of audiences. Authors have an opportunity to interact with the audience and share the key learnings captured through the poster. The posters typically span across a range of topics, covering both the theory and practice of organisational psychology.

How To Session (40 minutes/80 minutes)
‘How to’ sessions are ‘mini workshops’ that offer fast-tracked learning and aim to provide practical advice and guidance on the application of organisational psychology at work. These sessions demonstrate skills or techniques, encourage audience engagement, and are ideal for practitioners to share an aspect of their professional expertise/learning.

Professional Forum (40 minutes/80 minutes)
A professional forum allows extended discussion of contemporary issues relevant to psychologists. Typically, it involves a panel of speakers who present for a short period, followed by discussion and debate. The purpose of a forum is to showcase innovative practice, discuss new trends, brainstorm ideas, or develop a position or an outcome. 

Symposia (40 minutes/80 minutes)
Symposia allow a group of researchers and practitioners to present papers on a theme, and are especially suitable for state-of-the-art, cutting edge developments that inform leading practice in organisational psychology. They are interesting, in-depth and thought-provoking on a special area of major importance. The individual papers must be carefully integrated so that the audience leave with broad understanding of different perspectives relating to the theme.

Workshop (half day)
Workshops are designed to achieve specific learning objectives through active engagement with workshop participants. The workshops are ideal for helping participants develop and practice skills and frameworks relating to a particular area of practice. Workshops also provide an opportunity to encourage reflections on practice with like-minded professionals

3 Minute (3M) Thesis
The 3 Minute Thesis is a new inclusion for the 2019 conference, allowing students to present their thesis topics in short punchy presentations that quickly distil and communicate the key themes and learnings from their research. Prizes will be awarded for Best presentations.

When preparing submissions, contributors are asked to consider the Conference theme.  In addition, the Conference Organising Committee encourages submissions in the following areas:

  • Attracting people based on human (not just employee) lifecycle
  • Business analytics
  • Business change and sustainability
  • Coaching
  • Consulting Practices (e.g., exploring the contribution of psychology to organisations)
  • Decision Making
  • Diversity (e.g., aging, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.)
  • Evidence-based Human resources
  • Global/International/Indigenous/Cross-Cultural Issues
  • High Performing Employees and Teams
  • Human Factors and Safety
  • Human resources analytics
  • Leadership
  • Measurement/Methodology/Statistical Issues
  • Motivation /Emotions/Personality/ Work Attitudes and Cognitions
  • Organisation design
  • Organisational Change and development
  • Organisational Culture and Climate
  • Organisational Interventions and Evaluations
  • Organisational Justice/ Ethics/ Social Corporate Responsibility
  • Organisational Strategy
  • Performance Management
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Retention and Engagement
  • Strategic industrial and organisational psychology
  • Stress and Wellbeing (e.g., OH&S, work-life balance)
  • Teaching scholarship in organisational psychology programs
  • Teams
  • Technology and I/O Psychology
  • Learning and Development (including Training)
  • Work and Job Design
  • Workplaces of the future
  • Other


The Submission Process

Contributors complete their submission online through the APS College of Organisational Psychologists website. The online submission gathers the following information:  

  • A contact point for the submission (unless otherwise advised, this is assumed to be the main presenter).
  • A short presenter biography (max. 200 words).
  • Details of the presentation including title, presentation type, author(s) and organisation(s).
  • Any scheduling constraints.
  • Permission to record the presentation and use the abstract/s and presentation slides. 
  • A document containing the abstract/s or workshop proposal for the submission (Microsoft Word format only).

All abstracts/proposal forms must be prepared as per the submission templates available from the website. Upon confirmation of submission details and agreeing to the Terms and Conditions, contributors receive a login detail that allows access to their presenter portal and submission information. Please record your login details for future reference. The presenter portal allows contributors to submit multiple presentations. Submissions can be added, deleted, changed or replaced until 11.59pm AEDT, Sunday 27th January 2019, when the call for submissions closes.

Submission conditions

1.1: Licensing of Content
You will be asked to agree to the Terms and Conditions in this license when you submit your abstract for review. Please kindly review the License to use Copyright Material.

1.2: Membership Status
You do not have to be a member of the APS to submit an abstract or present at the conference.

1.3: Presentation Scheduling
Accepted individual papers will be scheduled together with other thematically related individual papers. Any time constraints relating to the presentation date/time must be brought to the attention of the Conference Committee when completing the submission. Changes cannot be accommodated once the presentation has been scheduled.

1.4: Previously Published or Presented Papers
The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (NHMRC, 2007) states that it is not acceptable to publish the same research findings repeatedly. Therefore, the material submitted must be substantially different from any previous presentation to another conference or publication outlet. This is an international convention for psychology conferences and ensures delegates gain exposure to new, fresh material that has not been presented before.

1.5: Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Disclosure
All research reported at the Conference must adhere to the APS Code of Ethics and The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. All presenters must also disclose any possible conflict of interest, in order to allow the audience to form their own opinions on the information being presented. The disclosure of the conflict will vary depending on the situation, and advice can be sought from APS staff.

1.6: Conference Registration
Final acceptance will be dependent on the confirmed registration of all presenters, discussants and panel members. Presenting authors are required to register for the conference prior to the early bird registration closing date.


Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions are only accepted through the online abstract submission portal
  • The Submission Guidelines detail the requirements for each presentation type.  Please read these carefully and ensure you submit in the correct format, as submissions that do not meet the requirements may not be considered.
  • Abstracts received after the deadline will not be accepted.
  • Submissions that do not adhere to the stated guidelines will not be accepted
  • All submissions are subject to the APS licence to use copyright.

Abstract submission Templates

Please use the following templates for your abstract submission:

Review Process 

All submissions are subject to review by at least two expert reviewers, with respect to the scientific quality/relevance to practice. The results of the review process and the decision of the Conference Committee are final and there are no appeals. Due to the number of submissions received, individual feedback may not be possible.