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CARSP Conference 2019

CARSP Conference 2019 Call for Abstracts

Table of Contents

The Call for Abstracts is now closed.  Thank-you to all who submitted abstracts!

  1. Introduction - Call for Abstracts
  2. Abstract Requirements 
  3. Topics
  4. Important Deadlines
  5. Selection Process and Review Criteria
  6. Resources for Writing Papers and Developing Slidedeck Presentations

1) Introduction - Call for Abstracts

We are currently receiving abstracts for the 2019 CARSP Conference.  Authors are asked to submit their abstracts using the links to the online forms (located below and in the left hand side menu under "Call for Abstracts").  There are two types of forms, depending on the stream your abstract is best suited for:  Research and Evaluation OR Policy and Practice.  A description of the abstract requirements for each of these streams is given below, along with the link to the applicable abstract submission form.  Below the list of Abstract Requirements is a list of the topics our conference typically receives, but this is not exhaustive, and we will consider any topic related to road safety.  Within the abstract forms you will be given a choice of whether you wish to do a slide-deck presentation only (i.e. a slide-deck presentation at the conference) OR whether you would like to do a slide-deck PLUS submit a full paper.  Please note that only full papers are included in the conference proceedings, which are produced following the conference, and are available to conference delegates and CARSP members, free of charge.  New this year, eligibility for the distinguished Mavis Johnson Traffic Safety Award for Best Policy and Practice Submission is now open to slide-deck presentation only submissions, as well as, full paper PLUS slide-deck presentation submissions.  For the Charles H. Miller Award for Best Research and Evaluation Submission - only paper submissions will be considered, as per the normal practice.  If you have any questions, please direct them to

2) Abstract Requirements

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Research and Evaluation Abstracts/Papers

  • Background - Why was undertaking this research important; what led to the research being conducted?
  • Aims - What were you trying to achieve (i.e., rationale, objectives) or what were the proposed outcomes?
  • Methods - How was the research undertaken; what was the process/steps?
  • Results - What were your findings?
  • Discussion and conclusions - What did you learn from the research; were there any limitations or challenges; what is next for the project/organization?

Policy and Practice Abstracts/Papers

Context - What was the problem/issue you were addressing?  What evidence supports the development of this program or policy?

  • Objectives - What were you trying to achieve (i.e., rationale, objectives); what were the proposed outputs (i.e., key deliverables, target group reached).
  • Target Group - Who is the program directed at?
  • Activity(ies) - Provide a description of the program’s activity(ies), including the nature of the activity(ies) (e.g., legislation, education, enforcement, etc.) and how they were developed and delivered?
  • Deliverables
    • What outputs came from this work?
    • How will this information be applied?
    • What lessons were learned?

3) Topics

Abstracts are welcome on any aspect of road safety, including, but not limited to, the topics listed below.  Please note that the sub-topics are merely examples.

Vehicles and Vehicle Systems

  • Collision avoidance
  • Collision protection
  • Commercial vehicle safety
  • Off-road vehicle safety
  • Crash investigation and reconstruction

Traffic Engineering/Road Design

  • Impact of road design
  • Traffic operations and traffic control devices
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Speed limit setting/monitoring

Injury Prevention

  • Epidemiology of crashes/injuries
  • Occupant protection
  • Biomechanics of injury crashes
  • Automotive medicine

Enforcement/Legal Issues

  • Enforcement strategies
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Legal aspects of crashes

Safety Initiatives

  • Safety promotion programs
  • Community and partnership engagement
  • Integrated road safety strategies

Policy and Program Development

  • Societal costs of crashes
  • Application of policies and programs
  • Application of legislation/regulations

Road Users/Behavioral Issues

  • Epidemiology of crashes or injuries
  • Specific road users approaches/research (e.g. pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist)
  • Human factors and traffic psychology

4) Important Deadlines

Please note: The inability to meet these deadlines may preclude one’s acceptance for presentation at the conference and/or inclusion in the conference proceedings.

Full Paper Submissions

Abstract Deadline Extended to November 30, 2018

  • Notification of acceptance by December 14, 2018
  • Manuscripts must be submitted by   February 22, 2019
  • Reviewers' comments to authors by   March 29, 2019
  • Final papers must be submitted by   April 26, 2019
  • Slide Deck Presentations must be submitted by   May 10, 2019

Slide Deck Presentation Only Submissions

Abstract Deadline Extended to November 30, 2018

  • Notification of acceptance by December 14, 2018
  • Slide Deck Presentations must be submitted by   April 29, 2019

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please email

5) Selection Process and Review Criteria

To be accepted into the conference, abstracts will be evaluated based on a set of criteria.  Following this review, the author will be notified whether or not their abstract has been accepted and whether or not the abstract has been reassigned to a different stream. Similar criteria will be used for full papers. Only full papers will be considered for the conference proceedings. Each stream of presentations has a top award.  With the Research and Evaluation Stream, only papers are considered, and the top paper receives the Charles H. Miller Award.  With the Policy and Practice Stream, new this year, both papers and slide-deck only presentation abstracts will be considered, and the top abstract receives the Mavis Johnson Traffic Safety Award.  For the exact criteria used to judge the abstracts please download this document: Criteria and Review Process_2019

6) Resources for Writing Papers and Developing Slidedeck Presentations