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Call for abstracts

The 30th annual conference of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity will be a three-day event on September 4-6, 2014 with a preconference workshop on September 3, 2014. The conference will comprise of workshops, plenary and panel sessions, poster and paper presentations, and a keynote speech. While the conference program will cover a range of disciplines and sectors, the study of subjectivity and the use of Q Methodology will provide a unifying element to the conference.

The program committee welcomes submissions on all aspects of Q methodology and contributions inspired by the seminal work of Dr. William Stephenson. We invite presentations of recent or on-going research in any discipline or sector using Q, or submissions relating to (but not restricted to) the following themes:

- The life and works of William Stephenson;
- Creativity in Q sorting;
- Use of Q in teaching, coaching and mentoring;
- Use of Q in program evaluation and policy analysis;
- Use of computer packages and web applications to conduct Q studies or open up Q to new users;
- Use of Q with visual or non-verbal stimuli;
- The relationship between operant factors and discourse;
- The relationship of Q with other methods and techniques;
- Dilemmas in statement and participant sampling, or factor extraction, rotation and interpretation.


Submission Types

Paper - These take the form of a 15-20 minute presentation to a paper session, with an opportunity to circulate a full paper. Papers are normally grouped into thematic sessions of 3 or 4 papers.

Poster - These should be no larger than A1 in size (841x594mm) and will be displayed in communal space for the duration of the conference.

Panel - This is an opportunity to be imaginative. A panel could take a number of forms such as a set of presentations or a roundtable discussion on a particular theme, an important current debate, or aspects of Q methodology. If submitting a proposal for a panel session, please list the confirmed contributors (minimum of three speakers).

Abstract Submission

****Deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to May 16th, 2014****.

A 200-300 word abstract can be submitted online via the abstract submission page. Once you have submitted an abstract, you will receive an email with a record ID # and password. You can use this information to view and update the abstract by going to the Abstract Login. Abstracts can be modified until the submission deadline. Abstracts can also be submitted to the Research Chair, Kris Boyle by email, with "Abstract Q conference 2014 [+ first author name]" in the title of the email.

The abstract must consist of the following:
- Title
- Corresponding author, affiliation, email address for correspondence
- If applicable, co-authors, affiliation
- Submission type: oral presentation / poster presentation / panel (min. 3 speakers)
- Keywords (e.g., discipline, type of study, stage of study)
- Experience with Q: my first or second Q study / done a few / can’t remember how many
- Abstract text (200-300 words)

Process of Selection

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed based on quality and relevance. Following the evaluation the program committee will provide notification of acceptance by the April 18, 2014. The preliminary programme will be published by June 30, 2014.

If you would like to be a reviewer please fill out the Reviewer Request form. The deadline for requesting to become a reviewer is 31 March 2013. Confirmed reviewers will be sent a username and password to access the Reviewer Login page.

Please direct any questions to the program chairs Tom Robinson or Clark Callahan.

Important Dates


February 28th, 2014 - Abstract submission begins.
April 18th, 2014- Deadline for submission of abstracts and registration as reviewer.
May 30th, 2014- Notification of acceptance
June 30th, 2014- Publication of preliminary programme
July 15th, 2013- Early bird registration