Abstract submissions for OPAM 32 are now OPEN.

Abstract submissions for OPAM 32 are now OPEN until July 15th, 2024 (last time zone on earth).

Click here to submit your abstract before the deadline.

Stay tuned for updates and information about conference registration and the OPAM 32 program.

Please see below for general information on the submission process.

IMPORTANT REQUEST from the OPAM team regarding talk submissions.

Historically, the Psychonomic Society reserved talk presentations for Fellows, but they have recently changed their policy to allow early career researchers to present on behalf of their PIs. OPAM supports this change as it aligns with our goal of providing more opportunities for early career researchers to share their findings with a global audience. However, this has necessitated a slight modification in our practices due to the lack of a policy preventing researchers from presenting the same talk at both OPAM and Psychonomics. Starting with OPAM31, we kindly ask that researchers submitting talk abstracts to both OPAM and Psychonomics ensure their presentations have distinctive elements. In essence, please refrain from giving the same talk twice. By adhering to this request, you will help us uphold our commitment to promoting early-career scientists’ research and enhancing access to scholarly achievements and international academic collaboration.

General Information

Thanks to the enthusiasm of the community in presenting at OPAM, the conference has grown rapidly in recent years. In the event that the number of submitted abstracts exceeds our capacity estimates, OPAM creates a waiting list and makes final decisions regarding acceptance of these wait-listed abstracts after we have confirmed our allowable poster space. In determining wait-listed submissions, we consider the status of the presenter, submission quality, and scope. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this process.


Please adhere to the following guidelines to maximize your chances for a successful submission:

  1. Individuals may be first author on only one submission. It is preferred that the first author complete the abstract submission form
  2. Authors will have the choice to request evaluation for talk and/or poster format.
  3. Each submission requires an abstract (max 100 words) and a summary (max 1000 words). Abstracts, when accepted, will be reprinted in our program book. Summaries will provide the basis for evaluation of the submissions, and it is not required to fill up the word count. All submissions will be assessed based on the quality of the work. Please note that the word count in Google Forms is slightly different than that in Microsoft Word. If this presents a problem, we recommend cutting to fit the count within Google Forms.
  4. Submissions must describe a scientific study in which data were obtained
  5. Complete summaries will include discussion of research questions, hypotheses, methods, results, implications, and in-text citations.  Detailed statistics are not required in the summary.
  6. The word limit for the summary does not include references. References are included separately, but please do not include more than 5-10 references.
  7. One figure may be included with each submission:
    • The figure must be contained in one file, named “FirstAuthorLastName_OPAMFigure_2024”
    • First author’s name must be placed at the top of the figure
    • Figure captions are limited to 50 words each
    • Figure must be uploaded in PDF or EPS format

Review Procedure

Submissions are reviewed based on scientific merit, with preference given to submissions addressing issues related to object processing in terms of perception, attention, and memory.

  • The final selection of presentations will be biased in favor of students and postdocs, as the goal of OPAM is to offer young researchers, who are not yet eligible to present at Psychonomics, a forum to present their research.
  • Submissions by undergraduate students are encouraged as well.
  • To ensure that we hear as many ideas as possible, greater priority for talk presentations will be assigned to authors who did not give talks in the previous year. However, we still strongly encourage submissions from those who presented talks (and posters) last year.

Partnership with Visual Cognition

Visual Cognition has been a longtime supporter and sponsor of OPAM. Submissions that are chosen for talk presentations will have the opportunity to submit their ultimate manuscripts through a fast-tracked and full peer-review process for publication at Visual CognitionOPAM talks-turned-manuscripts will be expedited and guaranteed a 40-day turnaround from submission to initial decision (including full reviews). Furthermore, the editorial board at Visual Cognition are eager to mentor young trainees and will provide extra constructive feedback through the peer-review process. Publications that come out of this process will be highlighted as special OPAM papers. This OPAM–Visual Cognition publication opportunity is completely optional, and presenters are by no means obliged to submit to Visual Cognition; furthermore, ultimate acceptance of the submitted manuscript is not guaranteed. However, we sincerely hope that high-quality presentations that are submitted to OPAM and chosen for talks will take advantage of this unique opportunity!