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The Conference Committee invites academics, researchers, students and practitioners to submit abstracts on all aspects of research, teaching and policy relating to legal and psychological disciplines. Abstracts do not need to be restricted to the conference themes, but preference will be given to those that do if the conference is over-subscribed. 

The abstract should make clear the questions which the paper seeks to answer, the procedures used to provide answers and the evidence drawn upon. This should make clear whether the report is based, for example, on case studies or quantitative data and give some indication of the nature and scale of the sample. If the paper is a speculative consideration of an issue or set of issues then how any conclusions will be defended must be made clear. If the data does not exist at the time of preparing the abstract this should be honestly stated and the date when the data is expected to be available should be mentioned.

The Conference Committee reserves the right to schedule individual abstracts as papers or posters, but will try to satisfy all requests.

It is recommended that each speaker make no more than 2 oral presentations (however, they may be second or third authors on as many papers as they wish).

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Paper Presentations

Papers are presented orally in thematically grouped sessions. These sessions will last 90 minutes, and provide opportunities for up to four presentations in each session. Normally presenters have a maximum of 20 minutes for their presentation. Ten minutes at will be allocated for questions and discussion.

Audio/visual equipment will be provided, including data projectors, overhead transparency projectors, dvd/video players and Windows based computer systems.

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There are three submission options:

Individual papers:

A paper submitted independently and will be thematically grouped by the Conference Committee to form a conference session.

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A symposium consists of a group of co-ordinated papers by different authors that address a particular issue or problem. They may include a discussant, who should have read the papers in advance. Proposals for symposia are the responsibility of the co-ordinator, who should supply an overall abstract for the symposium and abstracts for individual papers. There should be no more than four presenters. This may include a discussant but if the papers are shorter the discussant may be in addition. For symposia it is recommended that presenters (including the discussant) should be from different universities/disciplines/countries, i.e., people could be from the same discipline but from different universities or countries, or from different disciplines but from the same university.

Symposia should consist of one session of 90 minutes or two sessions of 180 minutes, but would normally only have one discussant no matter how long the symposium.

Novel formats for symposia, that do not follow these guidelines, but will fit into the 90 minute modules are welcomed, provided the format is clearly stated when submitting the proposal and it is carefully organised.

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Submission format

Submissions are to be made (1) online or (2) as word .doc attachment to this address

Submission forms available from the EAPL conference website. 

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Poster Presentations

Posters presenting original work will be scheduled in a special time slot during which there will be no concurrent sessions. Sessions will last 90 minutes during which time the paper is displayed and the author is present. Posters will be thematically grouped for presentation.

Poster Award:

Through the generosity of John Wiley & Sons Ltd, the Association is able to offer a prize of £100.00 of Wiley books for the best Poster presentation. The Executive Committee will announce the winner at the end of the Poster Session.

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General information

Once your paper is accepted it will be entered into the Preliminary Program. However, pre-registration is required of all speakers and if you do not register by the deadline (May 16), your paper will be removed from the Final Program.

The Preliminary Program, along with pre-registration materials (including accommodation and travel information) will be on the website in May. Final Abstracts of the conference will be published on the Website.

Offers to chair a session are welcome; please indicate your area of expertise.

The conference language is English.

Publications from the Conference

A Special Issue of the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling wiill be devoted to papers from the conference. If anyone wishes to submit their paper to that Journal they should obtain further details via Some people will also be invited to contribute to a special book resulting from the conference. There is no intention of publishing all papers given at the conference.

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