The International Association for the Study of Child Language Organizing Committee is delighted to announce that the Call for Papers for IASCL 2020 is now open!


The 15th International Congress of the Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL) will take place at the University of Pennsylvania, July 13-17, 2020.

We welcome submissions in any area of language development (atypical populations, cognition and language, comprehension, cultural and social factors, input factors, L1 acquisition and attrition, literacy and language, morphology, multilingualism, neurobiology in typical and/or atypical language, research methodology, non-verbal communication, perception, phonetics and phonology, pragmatics, prosody, semantics and lexicon, sign language, syntax).

IASCL 2020 is a peer-reviewed research conference and all proposals will be reviewed anonymously. 

Abstracts and author details must be submitted via the online submission form available via the conference submission website.

(Abstract submission opens July 1, 2019 and the deadline for submission is October 15, 2019.)


Submissions require the following steps:

  1. Subject area selection. Select an area most closely related to your submission and up to two (2) secondary subjects.
  2. Enter Title. Enter the title of your submission, and an email address where you can be reached with regards to this submission.
  3. Enter Presenters. Individual Paper Submissions will need to provide at least one (1) author who will present the paper at the meeting. Additional Co-authors are optional.

Symposium submitters will need to provide one (1) Convener who will moderate the Symposium at the meeting. Up to one (1) Discussant can also be added.

For all people added to a submission, we require First and Last name, Email Address, Affiliation, and Country.

  1. Enter Abstract Text. You will be able to type or copy/paste your short abstract into a text box. There is a 300-word maximum, with in-text references and citations only. Abstract subheadings should include Background, Method, Results, and Conclusion. You may also upload a table or image in .jpg, .png, or .gif file format.

No names or titles should be included in the abstract text. Names will be automatically hidden during the abstract review process and will be automatically inserted and properly formatted upon publication.

  1. Symposium Submissions. In addition to providing all of the above information for the Full Symposium as a whole, you will also need to submit the same information for up to five (5) papers within the Symposium. A Symposium with a Discussant should only include four (4) papers. Instructions for adding papers can be found on the Title step of the Symposium submission form.
  2. Confirmation. You will have a chance to look over the submission to make sure all is complete.
  3. General Instructions. Presenting authors will be automatically informed of the unique ID numbers and passwords assigned to their abstracts. Abstracts may be viewed and modified at any time between submission and the deadline, using the assigned ID# and password.

GUIDELINES

Symposium Presentation Guidelines

Each symposium is ninety (90) minutes in length, including time for Questions and Answers. Kindly ensure that there is ample time for audience participation and discussion during the scheduled symposium time. It is the task of the convener to make the precise programming within the slot (e.g. presentation time, discussion time etc.)

Every symposium has one convener; he/she is responsible for organizing the symposium and will act as the only contact person.

Prospective conveners may submit no more than one proposal for a symposium. Convening a symposium does not preclude participation as a presenter in other symposia or being first author on a poster or oral presentation. For clarity: you can be convener of maximally one symposium and first author of maximally one poster or oral presentation. There are no limits on the number of non-first authorships of oral papers or posters.

Symposia consist of 5 presentations (or 4 presentations with a discussant). The full symposium abstract is divided into (1) an abstract for the symposium as a whole and (2) individual abstracts for each of the presentations contained in the symposium. Each abstract (for the symposium as well as for the individual presentations) must stay within 300 words. Each abstract must have a title. Note: A symposium can involve a discussant. If this is the case, we advise restricting the number of presentations to four. There is no need to supply a separate abstract of a prospective discussant's contribution.

The symposium abstract must contain a statement of its theme and overall goal. Each abstract for the presentations within a symposium should contain a concise statement of (i) the research question, (ii) methods, (iii) results, and (iv) a conclusion. Up to three (3) references may be added and will not be included in the word count.

The symposium abstract must be submitted using the official abstract web form. Abstracts are submitted in English. Author names will be processed by the abstract handling system.

Symposium Reviewing Criteria

Symposia abstracts (main submission plus individual abstracts) will undergo a review. In the review process the main abstract and individual abstracts within the symposium will be evaluated on a 6-point scale for each of the following criteria:

    1. Degree of originality
    2. Contribution to the field - The symposium promises to make a significant contribution to the field.
    3. Research questions/objectives/hypotheses - The research questions/objectives/ hypotheses are clearly stated.
    4. Theoretical background - The content relates well to existing literature in the field, i.e. the relevant literature is adequately referred to.
    5. Methodology - The abstract makes clear that research methods used are appropriate and well-motivated.
    6. Presentation and discussion of results – The findings are clearly presented and aligned with the stated research questions/objectives.

The score will then be combined in an overall score for the symposium as a whole; submissions will be ranked on the basis of their total scores and the best selected for the number of symposia slots available.

If the use of English is not clear, and this impacts on the overall clarity of the abstract, this is likely to affect the evaluation.

If not accepted as symposium, conveners can indicate whether individual abstracts should be considered for (1) oral presentation only, (2) either oral or poster presentation, or (3) neither.

Poster/Oral Presentations Guidelines

The first author will act as the only contact person.

Prospective poster/oral presentation presenters may submit no more than one poster/oral presentation proposal of which they are the first author. Being first author of a poster/oral presentation does not preclude contributing to other posters as co-author or being convener of a symposium. For clarity: you can be first author of maximally one poster/oral presentation and convener of maximally one symposium. There are no limits on the number of non-first authorships of posters/oral papers.

The abstract (maximum 300 words) should contain a concise statement of (i) the problem under investigation, (ii) the empirical methods used, (iii) the results obtained, and (iv) a conclusion. Up to 3 references may be added and will not be included in the word count. To make the reviewing procedure fully anonymous, do not include references by any of the authors involved.

The poster/oral presentation abstract must be submitted on the official abstract web form by the first author. Abstracts are submitted in English. Author names will be processed by the abstract handling system.

Each oral presentation will be scheduled for twenty (20) minutes.

Posters will be displayed for ninety (90) minutes.

Poster/Oral Presentation Reviewing Criteria

Poster and oral presentation abstracts will undergo a review. In the review process the abstract will be evaluated on a 6-point scale for each of the following criteria:

    1. Degree of originality
    2. Contribution to the field – The research promises to make a significant contribution to the field.
    3. Research questions/objectives/hypotheses – The research questions/objectives/hypotheses are clearly stated.
    4. Theoretical background – The content relates well to existing literature in the field, i.e. the relevant literature is adequately referenced.
    5. Methodology – The abstract makes clear that research methods used are appropriate and well-motivated
    6. Presentation and discussion of results – The findings are clearly presented and aligned with the stated research questions/objectives.

The scores will then be combined in an overall score and the best selected for the number of oral presentation and poster slots available.

If the use of English is not clear, and this impacts on the overall clarity of the abstract, this is likely to affect the evaluation.

At the time of submission, submitters can indicate whether abstracts should be considered for (1) oral presentation only, (2) poster presentation only, or (3) either oral or poster presentation.

Resources for Symposium

Meeting rooms will be equipped with: Projector and screen (please use 16:9 slide ratio)

  1. Lectern microphone
  2. Computer audio sound if any video/audio are being presented
  3. WIFI (it is recommended that any video that is to be shown is downloadable and embedded in the presentation as the bandwidth may not be strong enough if multiple presenters are showing videos at the same time)

You will be required to use your own laptop to connect to the Projector. Please note VGA and HDMI cables will be provided.  If you use a MAC or have different connection, please provide your own adapters/dongles. You will be able to test your laptop prior to your session.  For ease of transition, and to give all presenters a fair amount of time, it is recommended that presenters load all presentations on to one laptop.

Resources for Oral Presentations

The meeting room will be equipped with:

  1. Projector and screen (please use 16:9 slide ratio)
  2. Lectern microphone
  3. Computer audio sound if any video/audio are being presented
  4. WIFI (it is recommended that any video that is to be shown is downloadable and embedded in the presentation as the bandwidth may not be strong enough if multiple presenters are showing videos at the same time)

You will be required to use your own laptop to connect to the Projector. Please note VGA and HDMI cables will be provided.  If you use a MAC or have different connection, please provide your own adapters/dongles. You will be able to test your laptop prior to your session.

Resources for Poster Presentations

You will be provided with a maximum surface area of 3.75’ x 3.75’ (114 cm x 114 cm) to display your poster. Posters cannot exceed this size.  Push pins will be provided for you to affix your poster to the display.  You may hand out information sheets to those viewing your poster. Removal and collection of posters at the end of the display period is the responsibility of the author(s). Posters not removed by the indicated take down time will be removed and disposed of by the conference staff.