2021 IAFMHS Virtual Conference

Call for Submissions

June 16 - 17, 10am - 4pm ET (7am – 1pm Pacific USA; 3pm – 9pm UK)

Past, Present, and Future of Forensic Mental Health Services 


Deadline for Submissions:  April 1, 2021 (11:59 PM, EASTERN TIME)



 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION SYSTEM IS NOW OPEN


 

As you may have anticipated, the IAFMHS Executive Committee has decided that our 2021 conference must move to an entirely virtual format. The conference will be held  June 16 - 17 and will include a mixture of pre-recorded presentations with live (via Zoom) Q&A. The conference theme will be "Past, Present, and Future of Forensic Mental Health Services". 


We are now seeking submissions for paper and poster presentations, symposiums, and round table for the new online format. All accepted presentations will be notified by April 24 and need to be pre-recorded and submitted by May 15.  All prerecorded "papers" will be limited to 15 minutes in length and posters will be 5 minutes in length (no more than 5 slides for posters); Symposia and Roundtable presentations will be limited to 45 minutes in total presentation time, leaving room for 15 minutes discussion. Due to the limited "spots" for presentation, attendees will be limited to a maximum of ONE (1) submissions. This does not include co-authorship, only first authorship/presentations. Attendees can be included as co-authors on an unlimited number of submissions, but will only be able to submit a maximum of ONE presentation as the first, or corresponding, author. 


We will consider FOUR types of submissions:

  1. Poster presentation
  2. Oral paper presentation
  3. Symposium (a minimum of three, maximum of four separate papers that are thematically linked; inclusion of a 5th presenter, as Discussant, is optional)
  4. Round Table (a minimum of three, maximum of five discussants, presenting information and opinions in an open forum)

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMISSIONS


Poster submissions:

  • 100-word (maximum) Abstract; the Abstract will be included in the conference program, so should provide enough information to inform attendees as to the subject matter
  • 500-word (maximum) Summary of the presentation
    • The Summary can be structured (e.g., Background/Method/Results for data-driven presentations) or unstructured (e.g., literature review, program descriptions), and will be used by the reviewers to determine acceptance
  • The actual pre-recorded presentation will be no more than 5 minutes and 5 slides 



Paper submissions:

  • 100-word (maximum) Abstract; the Abstract will be included in the conference program, so should provide enough information to inform attendees as to the subject matter
  • 500-word (maximum) Summary of the presentation
    • The Summary can be structured (e.g., Background/Method/Results for data-driven presentations) or unstructured (e.g., literature review, program descriptions), and will be used by the reviewers to determine acceptance
  • The actual pre-recorded presentation will be limited to 15 minutes



Symposia submissions:

  • 100-word (maximum) Abstract; the Abstract will be included in the conference program, so should provide enough information to inform attendees as to the subject matter
  • Three or four individual 250-word (maximum) Summaries of each presentation
    • The Summaries can be structured (e.g., Background/Method/Results for data-driven presentations) or unstructured (e.g., literature review, program descriptions), and will be used by the reviewers to determine acceptance
    • Note that the individual paper summaries should include sufficient detail to be considered as individual paper or poster presentations, if the overall symposium is not accepted
  • One individual should be identified as Chair of the symposium; this can be a separate individual or one of the presenters (the chair is typically the corresponding author)
  • A Discussant is optional, and does not “count” as one of the 3-4 presenters
  • The actual pre-recorded presentations will be limited to 45 minutes in total to allow for 15 minutes of discussion time.



Round Table submissions:

  • 100-word (maximum) Abstract; the abstract will be included in the conference program, so should provide enough information to inform attendees as to the subject matter and highlight the various perspectives that will be presented and discussed during the roundtable.
  • One 250-word (maximum) Summary of the topic; this summary will be used by the reviewers to determine acceptance
    • Given the nature of the Round Table, the participants should have recognized expertise in the subject matter (and this should be communicated in the Summary)
    • Round Tables may or may not include formal presentations by each discussant as the goal of Round Tables are to encourage discussion and debate among the discussants as well as with attendees
    • Submitting authors are encouraged to allow enough time for engaging audience members in a Q&A as part of the Round Table (typically one hour)
  • The actual pre-recorded presentations will be limited to 45 minutes in total to allow for 15 minutes of discussion time




IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS

 

  • All accepted presentations will need to be pre-recorded and submitted by May 15.  All prerecorded "papers" will be limited to 15 minutes in length and posters will be 5 minutes in length (no more than 5 slides for posters); Symposia and Roundtable presentations will be limited to 45 minutes in total presentation time, leaving room for 15 minutes discussion.

  • Attendees will be limited to a maximum of ONE (1) submissions.  This does not include co-authorship, only first authorship/presentations. Attendees can be included as co-authors on an unlimited number of submissions, but will only be able to submit a maximum of ONE presentation as the first, or corresponding, author. 
  • Do not wait until the last minute to submit! Log on early enough to ensure that your submission has been processed without any problems. Submissions can be started and later revised, but will not be complete until they are “finalized”. You will receive an electronic confirmation as soon as your submission is complete. NOTE: You will need to create a new log-in for this year's submission.



 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION SYSTEM IS NOW OPEN


CALL FOR REVIEWERS

The Scientific Committee is seeking members to review conference abstract submissions for the 2021 Annual Conference of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS). 

 As a Reviewer, you will review between 5 to 10 submissions. The review process is electronic, can be completed online, and anchors are provided to guide the rating process. The Scientific Committee will review and select proposals for presentation based on the abstracts submitted and feedback from reviewers. 

Please fill in this google form if you are interested in being a reviewer as soon as possible.


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