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2024 Call for Scientific Papers

Thank you for your interest in submitting a Scientific Paper! The submission portal is open now through Friday, March 8, 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

Submit a Scientific Paper

Interested in supporting the Scientific Paper program outside of a paper submission? Consider serving as a paper reviewer! Fill out the 2024 Scientific Paper Reviewer Interest Form by Friday, March 1, 2024 for consideration.

Become a Scientific Paper Reviewer


RESNA accepts Scientific Papers each year for presentation at a RESNA event.  Submit your paper through the online Scientific Paper submission process as outlined below for consideration for a scientific paper platform session  or a minute madness session.

Your submission will be reviewed and scored by a panel of reviewers who are experts in area(s) relevant to its topic.

Presentation of Accepted Papers
Authors of accepted Scientific Papers will be expected to present their work at a virtual online event in July 2024. Accepted papers will be assigned to either a 15-minute platform presentation or an interactive poster session. 

Publication Options
Accepted scientific papers will be posted on RESNA’s website and will be publicly available as part of our Online Proceedings. The abstracts of accepted papers will also be published in an issue of RESNA’s Assistive Technology Journal.

Authors may select between online publication of their full paper as submitted or a shorter abstract in the Online Proceedings. The abstract-only option is ONLY for authors who plan future submission to scholarly journals and wish to avoid strict restrictions on "prior publication" established by some journals (e.g., Archives of PM&R and some medical journals).

  • All authors considering the abstract-only publication option should investigate the requirements of their targeted journal.
  • Authors who wish to submit their paper to RESNA's Assistive Technology Journal do not need to limit their publication to an abstract, as the proceedings are not considered to be prior publication by the Journal editors.

Download Scientific Paper Author Instructions



Papers must be submitted online via the RESNA Scientific Paper Submission CMT Site no later than 11:59 pm ET Friday, February 23, 2024.


Authors must classify their papers as one of the following types:

  • (ED) Education: Papers regarding educational activities related with rehabilitation technology-related issues. Education papers should explore aim, structure, procedure, and impact of activities.
  • (SP) Service Provision: Papers regarding service provision (directed at company/industry-related service provision) related with rehabilitation technology-related issues. Service provision papers should not have a commercial promotion aim, but rather the exploration, in a scientific manner, of the service provision activities.
  • (RE) - Research:  Scholarly or scientific investigation and inquiry into rehabilitation technology-related issues. Research papers should be hypothesis-driven and should explore, through methodical investigation, a specific research question. Concrete results and discussion should follow. The paper and the subsequent presentation must include an implication section, which highlights how the research informs practice, policy, and/or technology development as relevant.
  • (PR) - Practice:  Practice papers may include an actual case study or single event, documenting background of problem, options for intervention, resolution, and costs. A practice paper may also report on the feasibility, design, or modification of a device, method, or system for future research or for commercialization purposes. Practice papers are generally not formal hypothesis-driven papers. However, the paper and the subsequent presentation must include an implication section highlighting future research, public policies, and/or technology development that may strengthen the practice. 
  • (PP) - Public Policy: Report on legislation, reimbursement, service delivery programs and administration, Tech Act projects, technology transfer, remote delivery, AT Education, distance learning, advocacy efforts, credentialing, etc. Presenters need to emphasize the implications of the public policy on practice, research, and / or technology development as relevant. 


Authors must classify the scope and content of their papers into one of the following topic areas:

New Topic Areas:
RESNA is particularly interested in paper proposals in the following topic areas:

NEW  Emerging Technology
e.g. emerging technologies and innovations with the potential to improve the health, employment, community participation, and education of people with disability or aging. This is primarily for new technology not yet on the market or a new application of technology.

PLY     Play and Recreation in AT

e.g. technologies and innovations that specifically aid in the enjoyment of play and recreational activities

Traditional Topic Areas:

ACT      Access and Communication Technology
e.g. computer/Computing Access and Use:  innovation in software and hardware; training strategies; integration of computer/computing technologies; alternative access; outcomes measurement.

AAC     Augmentative & Alternative Communication  
e.g. augmentative and Alternative Communication: Assessment and intervention strategies; language representation techniques; clinical/technical; AAC research and developments; funding issues; service delivery options, outcomes measurement.

AGE     Aging
e.g. technologies, interventions, policy, etc. specifically related to supporting aging.

AV     Autonomous Vehicles
e.g., the promise of autonomous vehicles for people with disabilities; considerations, technologies, research and standards.

COG     Cognitive and Sensory Impairments
e.g. cognitive disabilities; learning disabilities; developmental disabilities; cognitive rehabilitation and aids to memory; low vision/blindness; hearing impairment.

ED         Education

Papers regarding educational activities related with rehabilitation technology-related issues. Education papers should explore aim, structure, procedure and impact of activities.

ETH      Ethics
e.g., real world examples of RESNA’s Standards of Practice; ethics of Assistive Technology for cognitive impairment; AI, machine learning and ethics

HMD  Home Modifications
e.g. technologies, modifications, accessibility, etc. specifically related to supporting living in the home; this can be for any age group.

INT       Technologies for Less Resourced Areas
e.g. providing services or conducting research relative to Assistive Technology in developing countries and other resource-limited environments.

JEA      Job & Environmental Accommodation – including Ergonomics
e.g. access to employment, education, or built environments; ergonomics; farming and other rural interventions; EADL systems; universal design of products, places & systems; liability and legal issues associated with home access and workplace modifications. 

K12      K - 12 Practice
Efforts to improve access to quality AT services within the school setting. Tools, techniques, research, or applications which facilitate the promotion and improvement of assistive technology practice in the primary and secondary school setting.

OUT     Service Delivery, Outcomes, & Measurement
e.g. service delivery programs and administration; remote service delivery; models, challenges, funding, and best practices; ethics for practitioners
e.g. outcomes measurement tools, application, importance, practice
e.g. measuring/quantifying function; documenting change in performance; testing validity and reliability of measurement instruments.

SP         Service Provision

Papers regarding service provision (directed at company/industry-related service provision) related with rehabilitation technology-related issues. Service Provision papers should not have a commercial promotion aim, but rather the exploration, in a scientific manner, of the service provision activities.

PP        Public Policy and Advocacy
 e.g., legislation; credentialing and certification; advocacy for AT funding; access to services; nation-wide or model programmes

PuT    Public Transportation
e.g, Accessible design and best practices in public transportation; mapping and guidance systems for independent movement; research.

SHO  Smart Home Technologies
e.g, the use of consumer smart home technologies such as home automation, virtual assistants, IOT (Internet of Things) appliances and other technologies to adapt and assist people with disabilities in the home.

SM       Seating and Mobility – Including Complex Rehab Technology (CRT)
e.g., seating and wheelchair interventions; transportation issues; vehicle modifications; user training; wheelchair features and client/diagnosis matching; objective tests; custom vs. off-the-shelf solutions; 24/7 postural support; documentation and outcome measures for funding approval, mobility issues over a lifespan.

OTH     Other


Each paper will be reviewed according to the criteria listed below:

  • Abstract/Background/Statement of Problem or Research Question: Does the Abstract concisely describe the content of this paper? Is the Statement of the Problem or Objective clear? Is the end user’s need clearly identified? Does the background information support the need for this study/development/policy issue? Is reference to previous work delineated clearly (if appropriate)?
  • Methods/Approach/Solutions Considered: If a research paper, are the methods clearly described and appropriate for achieving the stated objective? Is the research design appropriate and does it respond to the stated needs? If a practice or policy paper, are current methods or technologies considered? Are the solutions consistent with current clinical/design practice? Are methods to address the end user’s need adequately addressed? If applicable, have alternate methods to address the needs been presented/explored? 
  • Evaluation/Results/Resolution/Discussion/Outcome/Performance & Cost/Implications (**May not be applicable for all Public Policy submissions) : If a research paper, are results well documented, valid, and reliable? Are appropriate statistics used? If a practice paper, was an evaluation attempted? Do results/conclusions address wider use of the new device/methods/information gained? If design related, are appropriate design details and analysis presented? For all, are the conclusions/implications reasonable? Does the discussion demonstrate how the model/policy/solution/device addresses the issue? Is the discussion consistent and relevant to the needs described in the Problem Statement/Objective?
  • Overall Quality of Presentation: Is the paper understandable and well organized? Are the flow of information and development of ideas presented in a logical and easy-to-follow fashion? Are the grammar and spelling correct? Are the figures and figure legends clear? Are appropriate references provided (when relevant)?
  • Subject matter is timely and appropriate to the RESNA audience: Is the paper appropriate for the designated topic area? Is the content noteworthy? Will this paper add to the existing knowledge in the field? Is there sufficient detail for an out-of-field observer to follow the presentation? Does this paper provide a foundation for future work? Are relevant implications clearly stated in accordance to the type of scientific paper?


Authors should receive notification indicating acceptance or rejection by March 22, 2024.

The most common reasons for paper rejection include:

  1. Failure to follow formatting and submission guidelines;
  2. Falling outside the areas of interest/expertise of the RESNA audience;
  3. Having a seriously flawed approach to conducting the work reported;
  4. Failing to substantiate the claims made in the submission;
  5. Incomplete in methodology, results, or documentation;
  6. Previously submitted or published; or
  7. Numerous grammatical errors or failure to adequately proofread


The following guidelines provide explicit instructions on how to format your paper submission to facilitate the review process and comply with electronic accessibility requirements for the Online Proceedings. The format must be followed precisely in order to make your paper accessible to individuals with visual impairments and to enhance our ability to publish the paper in electronic format on the RESNA website. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will hinder the review and publication process and may result in your paper being rejected.

Paper Structure and General Style Guidelines:

  • Scientific Paper Template:  Scientific Papers must be formatted according to the RESNA Template. 
  • Sample Paper:  Authors should review the sample paper in order to gain the clearest idea about style and layout guidelines. 
  • Style Manual:  Authors can also refer to the Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th Edition) style guide for citation and reference information.
  • Submission of Files: You must upload the following files to the online system. The total allowable size for each file is 5MB.
      • Your full paper, including all tables, charts, and figures placed appropriately;
      • A blinded copy of the full paper. The blinded copy will be the full paper minus all of the author names and affiliations, as well as any acknowledgement section. Please be careful to accept all Track Changes and save as a Final version (not Showing Markup) so that no identification is given for a true-blinded review process; and
      • Alternative text for all non-text elements.

PLEASE NOTE: You will also be required to paste your abstract into the system. Your abstract cannot exceed 2000 characters with spaces.

Naming your Files: All files should be submitted in an editable format (doc or docx), rather than a PDF. PDFs shall not be accepted.  Please name your files using the title of your paper.