CARSP Conference 2022

CARSP Conference 2022 Call for Abstracts

In-Person Conference in Sudbury, Ontario!

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction - Call for Abstracts
  2. Abstract Requirements and Abstract Submission Forms 
  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

The Call for Abstracts for the CARSP 2022 Conference is now open.  Authors have two stream choices: Policy and Practice OR Research and Evaluation.  Abstracts must include the sections outlined in the "Abstract Requirements" below, depending on the stream chosen.  Abstracts can be on a wide array of road safety topics and should relate to the overall conference theme "Collaborating on the United Nations’ (UN) Decade of Action for Road Safety".  In addition to stream choice, authors also have the choice of doing a paper and a presentation OR just a presentation (no paper).  New this year, presentation-only authors now have two presentation choices: verbal or poster.  Those submitting papers must do a verbal presentation.  Once submitted, all abstracts are reviewed by three peer reviewers who use a set of criteria to judge the abstract for acceptance.  The final decision is based upon reviewer feedback, and if needed by the program committee.  After the conference, all papers and slide deck presentations will be available on the website for download.  The conference proceedings, however, will only include the papers which were presented during the conference.


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?

Abstract Submission Form - Research and Evaluation Stream


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?

Abstract Submission Form - Policy and Practice Stream


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 is November 22, 2021

  • Notification of acceptance by January 31, 2022
  • Manuscripts must be submitted by March 7, 2022
  • Reviewers' comments to authors by April 11, 2022
  • Final papers must be submitted by May 16, 2022
  • Slide Deck Presentations must be submitted by May 30, 2022

Slide Deck Presentation Only Submissions

Abstract Deadline is November 22, 2021

  • Notification of acceptance by January 31, 2022
  • Presentation (slide deck OR document outlining content of poster) must be submitted by May 23, 2022

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please email info@carsp.ca


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_2022_English


6) Resources for Writing Papers and Developing Slidedeck Presentations