We’re very excited to report that we received hundreds of submissions for the AAS20 conference. We have also heard very positive feedback about the equity lens and vision for diverse voices and participation in AAS20. The next step in making this vision of participation and inclusion a reality is for you to give feedback on which papers you want to see presented in Portland. We would like to invite you to apply to be an abstract reviewer for AAS20.  

Reviewing abstracts will look a little different this year:

  1. Each abstract will be reviewed by 2 – 3 people who have personal and/or professional expertise in the topic.
  2. Each reviewer will have no more than 10 abstracts (approximately 60 minutes of work).
  3. We’ll match you with abstracts that fit your interest based on your responses to this application form.
  4. Starting November 1st, 2019, you’ll get an email inviting you to the review center.
  5. You’ll have two weeks to review your abstracts using a 7-item grading rubric.
  6. For each abstract, you’ll include one or two sentences about the abstract that will be shared with the submitter.
  7. The review period will end November 30th, 2019.
  8. Presenters will be contacted the week of December 10th, 2019.

We are looking forward to engaging an equity framework throughout the AAS20 planning process. As stated in our Call for Papers, we are committed to honoring those transformed and impacted by suicide, presenting innovative research and intervention practices, and integrating social trends to chart new, cohesive, and efficient paths to reduce suicide and to create lives worth living. To that end, we welcome both new and returning reviewers to apply to be a part of the abstract review process.

If you have any questions about this process, please email Amy Kulp at ajkulp@suicidology.org.