IPS ASP Chicago 2016



The American Society of Primatologists and the International Primatological Society will hold a joint meeting in Chicago, Illinois, from August 21-27, 2016. We encourage preparation of proposals for symposia and abstracts for paper and poster sessions. Register for the conference here.

Deadlines for Abstract Submissions

September 1, 2015: Abstract submission opens through the Members section of the ASP website.

October 1, 2015: Preliminary abstracts for symposia, workshops, and round-tables are due. Click here for Call for Symposia, Roundtable Discussions, and Workshops.

December 1, 2015: Final deadline for contributed (individual) talk and poster abstracts, as well as abstracts for talks accepted for symposia and workshops.

We are very excited about the meeting, as it promises to be of the highest scientific quality. The meeting will feature contributed paper and poster presentations as well as symposia that address widespread interests in primatology. We are pleased to announce our featured speakers including:


2014 IPS Lifetime Achievement Award
Jeanne Altmann, Ph.D.
Princeton University

2015 ASP Distinguished Primatologist
Frans de Waal, Ph.D.
Emory University
IPS President's Address
Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Ph.D.
Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University

2014 ASP Early Career Award Winner's Address
Katie Hinde, Ph.D.
Arizona State University

Instructions for Preparation of Abstracts

Titles and Affiliations

Titles should be concise, with a clear statement of the variables (independent and dependent), species, housing/condition (corral-living, zoo living, free-ranging, etc.), and for field studies, location of the study. The design should be clear from the wording of the title; for non-experimental research, avoid words that imply causation.

The full mailing address of the first author should be given; provide institutional affiliations for co-authors only if different from that of the first author.

Body of the Abstract (225 Word Limit)

Below are recommendations for what should be included in an abstract. Remember that not all of these recommended elements apply to all types of studies (and abstracts). Please include all relevant and appropriate components. Results may be qualified as preliminary.

  • The first 1-2 sentences of the abstract form should indicate the theoretical rationale or practical purpose for the work.
  • The common and scientific name for the species studied should appear in the title or body of the abstract, and the scientific name should be italicized or underlined.
  • The hypotheses being tested, whether phrased as predictions, research questions, or research problems, should be stated clearly; these can be incorporated into the stated purpose.
  • Include in Methods section:
  1. basic design of the study 
  2. sample sizes
  3. data collection and/or sampling techniques
  4. size of the data set (number of hours of observation, duration of study, number of observations, number of samples, etc.)
  • Include in Results section:
  1. explicit statements of results relevant to the stated hypotheses and purpose, including some indication of the statistical strategy used
  2. level of significance (alpha level)
  3. the size and direction of effect or relationship
  4. size of the data set (number of hours of observation, duration of study, number of observations, number of samples, etc.)
  • End abstracts with conclusions or implications of the results, linking the interpretations with the purpose, whether theoretical or applied. Do not state that "Results will be discussed."
  • Acknowledgement of funding sources may be included if so desired and if space allows.

Please prepare a complete summary of your work that can be understood without any supporting or additional information. Please (1) check spelling and grammar carefully, (2) use metric units of measurement, and (3) define all acronyms and nonstandard abbreviations.

Two complete abstracts are reprinted as examples. Both have been reproduced with permission of the author(s). While these abstracts might not contain all the recommended elements mentioned above, most elements are included.


Note of Acknowledgment: The 1994-1996 and 1996-1998 ASP Program Committees developed the instructions provided on this page.

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