How to Write a Conference Paper or Poster Proposal

Course Length: 2 Hours
Course Style: High-Definition On Demand Video

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this comprehensive and engaging course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the 9 key steps in the conference presentation process
  • Describe 3 methods of identifying a topic for your conference presentation
  • Identify and select between leading conferences in your field
  • Decide whether to submit a proposal for a paper presentation or a poster presentation
  • Discuss best practices in selecting the title for your conference presentation
  • Write a successful conference presentation proposal for an empirical research study
  • Write a successful conference presentation proposal for a commentary on a debate or controversy
  • Write a successful conference presentation proposal on the application of a technique, method, or instrument
  • List 10 “buzzwords” that increase the odds of your conference presentation proposal being accepted
  • Avoid the 5 most common mistakes made when writing conference presentation proposals
  • Identify the 6 core components of an effective conference presenter biography
  • Describe the conference presentation proposal peer-review process and its main outcomes
  • List 12 best practices for preparing to give your accepted conference presentation


Jay Phoenix Singh, PhD, PhD is a Fulbright Scholar and the internationally award-winning Executive Director of Publication Academy. Author of over 85 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters (average 400+ citations/year since 2010) as well as 4 books (published by Routledge, Wiley, Sage, and Oxford University Press), he completed his graduate doctoral studies in psychiatry at the University of Oxford and clinical psychology at Universität Konstanz. He was named the youngest tenured Full Professor in Norway in 2014 before accepting faculty appointments at the University of Cambridge as well as the University of Pennsylvania. Since this time, he has become the only psychology professor to have lectured for all eight Ivy League universities (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, UPenn) as well as both Oxford and Cambridge. Dr. Singh has provided keynote speeches at leading academic conferences on six continents, and his work has been featured in leading newspapers such as The Washington Post and magazines such as People. He has been the recipient of awards from organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Society for Research in Child Development, the Society for Research in Adolescence, the American Board of Forensic Psychology, the American Psychology-Law Society, and the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry.

DISCLOSURES: This course can be classified as video-based homestudy without interactivity, and has an intended audience of professionals in the following sectors: Non-profit, Industry, University, Community College, Government Agency, Hospitals & Clinics, and Independent Researchers. Publication Academy, Inc. reports no conflicts of interest and has received no commercial support in the development and hosting of this training from its instructors. Publication Academy, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. If you wish to enquire about a refund due to technical difficulties, please e-mail

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