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Paper in a Day

Wednesday, November 13

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Plus Pre- and Post-Meeting Assignments

Paper in a Day (PiaD) is an increasingly popular pre-conference event that focuses on fostering international collaborations between early career investigators. Paper in a Day is designed to stimulate international connections and the exchange of ideas by working on a tangible outcome: a manuscript or commentary for a peer-reviewed journal. This will be an intensive, productive and enjoyable day. Previous editions have led to conference contributions, journal articles, and lasting contacts (see the recent article in Traumatic Stress Points for more information). Because Paper in a Day will take place prior to the ISTSS annual meeting, participants will have the opportunity to continue dialogue with colleagues during the conference.


After registration, participants will be assigned to a writing team based on their research interests and expertise outlined in their application. Two weeks prior to the workshop, participants will individually prepare (e.g. read relevant articles, outline sections of the paper). The workshop will include plenary discussions about the topic and the drafted texts, and collaborative writing time in subgroups. There will be a new mentorship component to the PiaD experience this year in which leaders in the fields of traumatic stress will provide input and guidance throughout the PiaD process. Following the workshop, the draft will be finalized for submission.


In order to make the event a success, we ask participants to commit to:
a) Prepare in advance of the meeting - dedicate eight hours prior to the workshop.
b) Be present for the entire workshop.
c) Contribute to the final editing and referencing following the workshop.

How to participate

This event is aimed at early career investigators who have obtained their PhD after November 2014 or who are in the final stages of submission. If you would like to participate, register through the ISTSS website. After registration, please send an email to Noelle Smith, <>  by October 1, 2019 with the following information:
1) A short CV listing your publications and main research interests to inform our choice of topics. Please also let us know if you have an idea for/access to data to complete a relatively contained empirical paper, meta-analysis/review, or commentary on a recent article.
2) A statement that you commit to the required preparation, attendance and follow-up activities as described.

The registration fee for this PMI is 25 dollars and lunch will be provided on the day of the event. *This workshop is able to accommodate a maximum of 15 early career investigators.