The Program Committee invites individuals to submit their best scientific work, in any area of primatology, for inclusion in the 1997 program. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee for suitability and quality. Accepted abstracts will be organized into sessions based on topic area and type of presentation. Abstracts postmarked after the deadline of JANUARY 15, 1997 will not be accepted. The first (or presenting) author will receive the Program Notification Card regarding acceptance and scheduling by mid-March, 1997.
Abstracts must be submitted on 3.5" disks. Instructions for submitting abstracts are available from this Web site. The program and abstracts will be published in the June issue of the American Journal of Primatology, Volume 42, Number 2. Questions about the program should be directed to the Chair of the Program Committee: Evan L. Zucker, Dept. of Psychology, Box 194, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA 70118 USA; Phone:(504) 865-3255, FAX:(504) 834-4085, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Paper and Poster Competitions: Graduate and undergraduate students may enter their work in the student competitions. Criteria and guidelines for the competitions, developed by the Education Committee, are available from this Web site. Please note that students entering these competitions must submit an extra printed copy of their abstracts.
Content and Quality of Abstracts: Abstracts will be published in the American Journal of Primatology and must be of high quality. An abstract will be rejected if it is unclear or incomplete. For additional details about abstracts, please refer to the instructions for preparing quality abstracts available from this Web site. Please inspect the sample abstracts that are cited.
Contributors are encouraged to consider seriously which format (oral presentation or poster) would be the best one for the work to be presented. While the Program Committee will attempt to schedule the presentation in the format preferred by the author(s), the committee is not bound by the author's first choice of format preference. Case studies, preliminary data, results of pilot studies, and descriptions of apparatus, equipment, and/or habitats are usually not appropriate for the oral format and should be submitted as posters. Descriptions of commercial products are welcome as exhibits, but are not appropriate for the scientific program.
Oral Presentations: Oral presentations will be scheduled at 15-minute intervals. Each presentation should be no more than 12 minutes in length, allowing several minutes for questions and discussion.
Poster Presentations: The Society and Program Committee encourage poster presentations. Those wishing to present their work in poster format will be assigned a space approximately 8' wide x 4' high for the display. Authors are expected to be in attendance at their poster during the scheduled time. Abstracts for posters are prepared the same as for oral presentations and will be published. The Program Committee will attempt to organize and schedule posters according to topic.
The Program Committee encourages members to organize and submit high-quality symposia for the 1997 program. Symposia should address topics that are timely, of interest to the general membership of the Society, and include participants from several institutions (and not, for example, five presentations of research done in one laboratory at one institution).
Symposia: Symposium organizers should submit, to the Chair of the Program Committee, three copies of a 2-page (double-spaced) description of the proposed symposium that addresses the purpose, relevance, importance, and general content of the symposium. The organizer should also include the title of the proposed symposium and the name of each participant. Three printed copies of abstracts from each participant, in the appropriate format, must accompany the proposal. Symposia should consist of presentations of either 15- or 30-minute durations in order to mesh with the schedule of contributed papers, and should not exceed a total time of 2.5 hours. Symposium proposals must be sent to the Chair of the Program Committee by November 21, 1996, and proposals will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee. For this initial review, only printed abstracts need to be submitted, but abstracts on disk are needed from each participant by the January 15 deadline. Only a limited number of symposia can be accepted. Overview abstracts submitted by symposium organizers will be published, as will the abstracts of each presentation within the symposium. Organizers will be notified of acceptance or rejection within one month; in the case of rejection, this allows the individual abstracts to be submitted as contributed oral presentations or posters.
Poster Symposia: The Program Committee invites poster symposia. The organizers of such symposia should adhere to the guidelines presented above for other symposia. The set of related posters will be displayed together, allowing discussion and interaction among contributors and other conference attendees. In Part 4 of the Presentation Information Form, contributors should indicate a format of both "poster" and "symposium."
A session, devoted to edited films (videos) on the behavior and/or ecology of any species in the genus Macaca, is being organized by Charles Weisbard. Like other presentation formats, submission of a video does not guarantee acceptance. Submitted videos will be included, if accepted, with other videos selected for presentation. Those wishing to have a video considered for this session should submit an abstract that includes the title of the film, a summary of the content, time duration, and credits. The format of the abstract should be the same as for any other type of submission, with "Film/Video" circled in Part 4 of the Presentation Information Form. All required forms, disks, fees, etc., must accompany the abstract, and be submitted to the Program Committee no later than January 15, 1997. An additional copy of the abstract, as well as a copy of the video, on 1/2-inch VHS tape (NTSC), should be sent to Dr. Weisbard at the address given below.
Inquiries about this film/video session should be directed to: Dr. Charles Weisbard, Box 165, The Rockefellar University, 1230 York Ave., New York, NY 10021-6399; Phone: (718) 274-2365, FAX: (212) 327-8634; e-mail: email@example.com. Individuals wishing to participate in this session are encouraged to contact Dr. Weisbard prior to submitting their videos, as are those who wish to have a video shown, but cannot attend the meeting.
All submitted abstracts must be accompanied by a completed registration form and payment of the appropriate registration fee. Abstracts not accompanied by payment will be returned.
Submission of an abstract implies that one of the authors will attend the meeting and present the work described in the abstract. Individuals are limited to giving two presentations, whether two oral presentations, two posters, or one of each format, and may appear as an author or co-author on no more than four abstracts. Symposium participation is included in this limit of two presentations and four abstracts.
Submission of an abstract implies that the author has complied with current legal and ethical guidelines regarding the well-being of nonhuman primates. The submitting author's signature in Part 3 of the Presentation Information Form acknowledges that each author of the submitted abstract has seen and approved the final version of the abstract, and has given consent to appear as an author.
Space and facilities for the exhibition and display of merchandise are available. A fee will be assessed for registration of exhibitors and for the rental of each exhibition space. Sale and exhibition of the merchandise will be allowed only within the designated area and only by individuals registered as exhibitors. Further information and exhibitor registration forms may be obtained from the local host: Dr. Nancy Caine, Department of Psychology, California State University at San Marcos, San Marcos, CA 92096 USA; Phone: (619) 752-4145, FAX: (619) 750-4030, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.