SAC 2020 Conference: Call for Papers

27 March, 2019
Speech-Language & Audiology Canada
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SAC Conference 2020
Ottawa, ON
May 7 – 9, 2020

Deadline for receipt of all program submissions:
September 30, 2019

The Speech-Language and Audiology (SAC) 2020 conference will be held in Ottawa, ON. SAC invites program submissions for the national conference.


Clinicians from all practice settings are encouraged to share their insights, experience, methods and research. SAC invites submissions for papers, mini-seminars and posters. Research submissions should advance the evidence-base for the assessment, management and treatment of speech, language, communication, feeding and swallowing disorders. Practice submissions should be evidence-informed and address a specific clinical or professional issue. Interprofessional presentations will be considered. Sessions will be scheduled daily from May 7-9, 2020.


Paper Presentations

A paper presentation may be a research paper or a practice paper.

A research paper reports original/new/in progress quantitative and/or qualitative research.

A practice paper reports issues related to evidence-informed speech-language pathology practice.

45 minutes in duration

Mini-Seminar Presentations

These sessions are designed to provide opportunity for interactive discussion of research and practice issues. These sessions should be evidence-informed.

90 minutes in duration

Poster Presentations

Posters should stand alone in conveying information. Each display should contain title and author(s), statement of purpose, methodology, results (including relevant data) and conclusions. Posters must be in landscape format, no larger than 2.4 m x 1.2 m. Authors are required to be present at designated times to respond to questions and discussion.




  • First Author must be a graduate student enrolled in a Masters or PhD program in speech-language pathology or a related field, a practicing clinician in speech-language pathology or a related field, or in an academic position within a university department. The topic must be related to the field of speech-language pathology.
  • If the first author is an SAC student associate, they are eligible to receive a complimentary registration to conference. The student must be an SAC associate at the time of submission and in the year of the conference to be considered. This complimentary registration is NOT transferable. The SAC student associate is also eligible to apply for funding support to attend the conference.

PROPOSAL (all 3 components are required)

  1. Request for Presentation Application Form (online submission only)
  2. Abstract and Summary (included in online submission)
    • Include a 100 word (maximum) abstract and 400 word (maximum) summary, excluding references. Be sure that spelling, grammar and content are accurate.
    • Abstracts and summaries may be submitted in either English or French.

Proposal summaries should include the following components for reviewers to evaluate:

a.    Research Submissions

i.      Outline of research including the research question, rationale, and two – five references that set the context for your study.

ii.     Short description of methods including study participants and procedures.

iii.   Short description of results, including a statement of how the study contributes to the science and practice of speech-language pathology.

b.    Practice Submissions

i.      Outline of paper/seminar/poster including your objectives, rationale, and two - five references used to develop the idea or materials.

ii.     Short description of the content of the presentation including a description of relevant evidence from the field of speech-language pathology.

iii.    Statement of how the presentation will contribute to greater understanding of issues related to speech-language pathology practice.

3. Curriculum vitae for first author.


A panel of at least three reviewers will independently score each proposal on the following criteria:

  • relevance to the field of speech-language pathology
  • clarity of proposal, and
  • anticipated or documented contribution to speech-language pathology research or practice.


  1. Acceptance of an abstract for a presentation is conditional upon payment of the conference registration fee. Payment of the conference registration fee is not required with the proposal submission. However, at minimum, the presenting author’s registration for the conference will be required prior to finalizing the conference program.
  2. Contributed paper, mini-seminar, and poster presenters, who will be in attendance at the conference to present their session, are expected to register and pay registration fees for the conference. All travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the presenters. Acceptance does not constitute any coverage of any expenses by SAC. Those not registering for the conference will have their presentation removed from the conference program.
  3.  Proposals which are incomplete or do not follow the format and length prescribed will be rejected.
  4. Abstracts from the national conference will be published in a conference abstract document following the 2020 conference.
  5. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and rated according to:

A.     Summary description of goals/target skills/clinical procedure or practice; reliable and frequent measurement.

B.     Sufficient description of methods or clinical practice.

C.     Goals or procedures in keeping with current empirical evidence from the field of speech-language pathology or a related field which impacts on speech-language pathology assessment, management and/or treatment.

D.     Contribution to the practice of speech-language pathology or increasing the understanding/information for speech-language pathologists.

E.      Reference to seminal articles and writing style. 

  1. SAC may record these presentations and make these audio/video recording or edited transcriptions available free of charge to SAC members and associates. Presenters are required to provide SAC with permission to record, edit, transcribe, archive, duplicate, distribute, and reproduce any written or visual materials submitted in connection with these presentations.
  2. Presenters are not permitted to sell their products at conference. Advertising, solicitation and distribution of literature, and samples for commercial purposes is only permitted in the exhibited space, unless otherwise expressly approved by SAC.
  3. Only proposals received online by September 30, 2019, 12:00 midnight Pacific time (PDT) will be considered.


☐  Completed Application Form
☐  Proposal (abstract and summary in approved format)
☐  Curriculum Vitae for First Author


  • Submit on-line at
  • Indicate the preferred address of the author who is to receive notification of acceptance or rejection of the proposal. 

It is estimated that the designated author will be informed of the status of the proposal by November 2019.