Submission Information

Submission Information

Submit an Abstract to our Academic Conference

The Submission Information page describes the types of submissions and how to submit your work to this conference. It provides information to help you through the process from abstract submission to preparing your presentation at the conference.

Click on the bookmarks on the right to jump to the various sections.

Important Information

  • The selection panel of the conference committee will consider all abstracts received by the published deadline to ensure that the proposed submission is relevant to the Conference.
  • Abstract selection notifications will be sent out to relevant authors.
  • All papers will be double-blind peer reviewed by members of the conference committee to ensure an adequate standard, that the proposed subject of the submitted abstract has been followed, that the paper is of a suitable length, the standard of English is adequate and the paper is appropriately referenced.
  • For authors whose first language is not English we request that you have your work proof-read prior to submission by a native English speaker (or at least a fluent English speaker). If you do not have access to an appropriate person, you may like to consider our proof-reading service. Papers can be rejected due to a poor standard of English.
  • Papers that are accepted will be published in the conference proceedings providing at least one author completes registration (including payment) and presents the work at the Conference (see the registration section of the conference website for more information about registration). The conference proceedings is a book published with an ISBN and ISSN.
  • Due to the large number of papers expected for this conference, the committee prefers that an author presents only one paper. However, if multiple papers are accepted for publication and presentation, each paper requires a registration fee.

Submission Types

This section provides information about the types of submissions invited for consideration. It should be read in conjunction with the Call for Papers and also the Submission Guidelines section below. You can also download a .pdf of the submission types accepted

Academic Research Papers

Papers should address one of the topics listed in the call for papers and can describe a wide range of research including empirical or theoretical studies. In addition, philosophical papers presenting an argument and papers presenting a process that has been developed and is now ready for wider use are welcome. In all cases concepts and underlying principles should be emphasised, with enough background information to orient any reader who is not a specialist in the particular subject area original. The work should not have been published elsewhere and should not be intended to be published elsewhere during the review period.

 Posters/ Work in Progress

Golden BadgeResearchers are invited to submit current projects which are either at the proposal stage or are work in progress. In the first instance you should submit an abstract describing the project. If your abstract is selected you will be given the choice of producing a short paper with poster or abstract only with poster. If you opt for a paper, this should be a maximum of 2000 words including abstract, keywords and references. The paper will be double-blind peer reviewed and if accepted will be published in the conference proceedings. Presentation of the work at the conference will take the form of a Poster. Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference and there will be a timetabled slot for contributors to stand by their posters so that participants can come and discuss the research.


Participants will be asked to vote for the best poster and a prize will be given for the poster receiving the highest number of votes.


PhD Research Colloquium

Golden Badge

Doctoral Candidates are invited to submit papers describing their research. PhD papers will be organised into a Colloquium and there will be a chair person and a discussant to provide constructive feedback on the work. To be eligible, it is necessary for the paper to be produced to a publishable academic standard and papers will be subject to the same criteria and processes as research papers. However the final results of the research may not have been fully completed and interpreted.

A prize will be awarded to the best PhD paper presented at the conference.


Case Study Submissions

Case study submissions should be written to publishable standards. Case studies will be subject to the same criteria and processes as research papers.

Non-Academic Contributions

The conference committee welcomes contributions from individuals and organisations working in the field. These contributions can take the form of a presentation or a demonstration. In the first instance an abstract should be submitted describing the work to be presented. If the abstract is selected you will be asked whether you wish to produce a paper or just give a presentation. You will need to register for the conference to have a confirmed timetabled slot.

Round Table Proposals

The Programme Committee invites topical subjects to be proposed for discussion. In the first instance an abstract describing the proposed topic should be submitted. If selected the convener will be required to register to attend the conference and then a timetabled slot for the round table will be allocated.

Product Demonstrations and Exhibitor Opportunities

If you are contributing to the conference in any of the above categories you can also request the opportunity to give a product demonstration. If you would like to exhibit and/or demonstrate a product at the conference we suggest that you apply for one of our exhibitor packages.

Submission Guidelines

This section provides information about how to submit the various types of work for consideration. It should be read in conjunction with the Call for Papers and also the Submission Types above

Submitting an Abstract

In the first instance we require everyone who wishes to submit their work to the conference to submit an abstract describing the proposed paper, work in progress, presentation etc. Abstracts should be 300-350 words. The abstract submission form will guide you through the process but we recommend you read the call for papers first to ensure you select the correct track and submission type. Further details can be found by clicking here.

Submitting a Paper
You should have received an email telling you that your abstract has been selected for submission as a paper. This email will confirm the date for returning your full paper. Please note that this is a FINAL date. Earlier submission is encouraged as it helps us to manage the review process in a timely manner. This is of particular importance if you will need a visa to attend the conference.

Below is a summary of what you need to consider when submitting your full paper, PhD paper or Work-in-Progress, but please also download the model paper that explains the requirements in detail. Papers not conforming to the conference style will be returned.

  • Papers must not exceed 5000 words in length (2000 words for work in progress papers), including abstract, figures, references and appendices for a total of 10 pages.  Files should not exceed 3MB in size.
  • References should follow the Harvard referencing style, which means that primary references in the text should be in the format (Nugus 1999) and should then be listed at the end of the paper as per the following examples: (See model paper for more detail)
    • Brooks, I. and Weatherston, J. (1997) The Business Environment: Challenges and Changes, Prentice Hall,London.
    • Doherty, Noel and Delener, Nejdet. (2001) “Chaos Theory: Marketing and Management Implications”, Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, Fall, Vol 9, No. 4, pp 66–75.
  • Before submitting your paper, please ensure that it has been carefully read for typographical and grammatical errors. If English is not your first language, have your paper proof-read by an English speaking person. Papers will be returned if the standard of English is not considered to be good enough for publication. We do offer proof-reading services.
  • Papers can be produced in any PC or MAC version of Microsoft Word. It must not be sent in PDF format and should not be zipped. Papers should be submitted as a .doc or .rtf attachment by email to the conference manager. This is the person who sent you the email accepting your abstract. The email address is also given on the conference call for papers.
  • All papers received by the due date will have all identification of the authors removed and will be sent for double-blind peer review. You can read the review policy here.

Paper Submission Downloads

The following downloads will help you prepare your paper for submission. Please note the Paper Checklist needs to be returned before a paper can be reviewed. Also note that the Academic Conferences Paper Template is a blank Word file, but it has pre-prepared styles for headings etc.

Academic Conferences Model Paper

Academic Conferences Paper Template

Academic Conferences Poster Guidelines

ACPIL Paper Checklist

Submitting a Poster

If you are presenting your work via a poster, it is your responsibility to produce the poster and bring it with you to the conference. There is a prize for the best poster so it is worth taking time to make yours stand out.

A poster should be self‐contained and self‐explanatory, allowing the viewer to proceed on his/her own while the author (you) is free to supplement or discuss particular points raised by the viewer. Presentations should be simple and clear and a combination of text and graphics is recommended. Remember that the viewer, not you as in the case of slide presentations, determines the time spent at each poster.

Poster Layout: Use matt finish rather than glossy paper as varying lighting in the venue can cause reflection on glossy paper. Arrange the work in columns rather than rows as this is easier for the viewer to follow. An introduction should be placed at the upper left and a conclusion at the lower right. The abstract does not need to be presented.

Illustrations: Figures should be designed to be viewed from a distance and should use clear, visible graphics and large type. Each figure or table should have a heading of one or two lines. Additional essential information should be provided below in a legend. Photographs should have good contrast, sharp focus and, if necessary, an indication of scale.

Text: Minimise narrative. Use large type in short, separated paragraphs. Numbered or bulleted lists are effective ways to convey a series of points. Do not set entire paragraphs in uppercase or boldface type. Do not attempt to put the full paper on the poster – no one will stay long enough to read it!

Titles and Fonts: Titles and captions should be short and easy to read, in a sans serif font for preference (e.g. Ariel). Use large lettering as this means a number of people can read the poster from a distance without overcrowding. Remember to caption your poster with the abstract title, author’s names and affiliations.

Poster size: We allow for posters up to A1 in size – we would strongly encourage you not to go for less than A1.

Presentation Guidelines
If you have had a paper accepted, or you have opted to submit only an abstract or extended abstract, you are expected to give a 20 minute presentation of your work. There will be a computer with Powerpoint and Adobe available for you. We strongly suggest that you restrict the number of slides in your presentation to 10 or fewer. You can read more detailed guidelines for presentation preparation here