Herdsa 2010

Call for contributions

Please note that the deadline for submissions and reviews has now passed and the online review and submission system is no longer available.

The Chair and Organising Committee of the HERDSA 2010 International Conference warmly invite you to submit papers and proposals under the overarching conference theme of Reshaping Higher Education and under one of the five sub-themes listed below.

Submission requirements

Submissions to the HERDSA 2010 International Conference may be in one of four formats:

  1. Full refereed paper
  2. Showcase of excellent leadership, practice and/or policy
  3. Pre-conference workshop
  4. Poster presentation

All submissions must relate to the conference theme, Reshaping Higher Education and address one or more of the sub-themes:

Submissions that do not address the sub-themes will not be accepted.

Submissions are accepted on the basis that at least one presenter must register and attend the conference. Each registrant may only be the principal presenter for one paper, one workshop, one showcase or one poster. Co-presenters are allowed, but they must be registered for the day of their presentation. Where there are multiple presenters for one paper, it is important the presentation time is strictly adhered to so enough time is available for discussion.

Submissions should be original, comply with copyright law and reflect the HERDSA guidelines relating to format and presentation.

Submission process

Submissions must be made using the templates provided and in accordance with the paper guidelines (PDF - 101kb) and submission requirements. Please ensure that you follow the HERDSA paper guidelines for formatting. Submissions which do not follow all guidelines will be returned to authors and may not be reviewed.

Please note that the deadline for submissions (22 February 2010) has now passed.

Submission formats

1. Full refereed papers

Full papers can be on any aspect of the conference theme or sub-themes. Papers in this category that are accepted for the HERDSA 2010 International Conference will be published in the refereed proceedings of the conference.

Full, finished papers must be submitted for double blind peer review. Papers should be a maximum of 5000 words in length, including abstract, references and all appendices. Longer papers will not be accepted. The outcome of the reviewing process will be that each paper is either accepted, accepted with minor amendments, or rejected. If minor amendments are required, authors need to complete these within the time allocated for such revision.

Please refer to the submission requirements above as well as the paper guidelines (PDF - 101kb) and use the template provided for full refereed papers (DOT - 51kb).

Full refereed papers will be allocated 25 minutes of presentation time. It is expected that the presenter will talk for 15-20 minutes and allow 5-10 minutes for questions and discussion. There will be about five minutes between papers to allow for set up and for delegates to move between parallel streams.

You might like to visit the following website for ideas on putting your presentation together:

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2. Showcase of excellent leadership, practice and/or policy

Showcase submissions will be evidence-based and not only outline the initiative or practice being showcased but, equally, provide clear evidence of its effectiveness. Quantitative and qualitative evidence of effectiveness are equally acceptable.

A 500 word abstract plus a full reference list must be submitted for consideration by the Organising Committee. Please note that if accepted, presentations in this category will not be considered refereed papers.

The abstract should contain the following nine labeled sections:

  1. Title
  2. Author(s)
  3. Conference sub-theme(s) addressed
  4. Background literature
  5. The initiative/practice
  6. Method(s) of evaluative data collection and analysis
  7. Evidence of effectiveness
  8. Discussion
  9. Reference list

Please refer to the submission requirements above as well as the paper guidelines (PDF - 101kb) and use the template provided for showcases (DOT - 33kb).

Showcase papers will be allocated 25 minutes of presentation time. It is expected that the presenter will talk for 15-20 minutes and allow 5-10 minutes for questions and discussion. There will be about five minutes between papers to allow for set up and for delegates to move between parallel streams.

You might like to visit the following website for ideas on putting your presentation together:

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3. Pre-conference workshop

Pre-conference workshops provide an opportunity to explore conference sub-themes in more detail. The number of workshop slots is limited. A 500 word abstract plus a full reference list must be submitted for consideration by the Organising Committee. Please note that if accepted, presentations in this category will not be considered refereed papers.

The abstract submitted should contain seven labeled sections:

  1. Title
  2. Author(s)
  3. Conference sub-theme(s) addressed
  4. Background literature
  5. Aim of the workshop
  6. Intended outcomes for participants
  7. Reference list

Please refer to the submission requirements above as well as the paper guidelines (PDF - 101kb) and use the template provided for pre-conference workshops (DOT - 33kb).

Pre-conference workshops will be allocated 120 minutes of presentation time. It is expected that the presenter will integrate questions and discussion throughout the workshop as well as provide time at the end for final discussion.

You might like to visit the following website for ideas on putting your presentation together:

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4. Poster presentation

Posters allow participants with similar interests to interact by using the poster as a discussion point. Poster presentations will be on topics related to the conference theme and one or more of the sub-themes.

A 500 word abstract must be submitted for consideration by the Organising Committee. Please note that if accepted, presentations in this category will not be considered refereed papers.

The abstract submitted should contain seven labeled sections:

  1. Title
  2. Author(s)
  3. Conference sub-theme(s) addressed
  4. Background/context
  5. Research/evaluation method
  6. Outcomes
  7. Key references

Please refer to the submission requirements above as well as the paper guidelines (PDF - 101kb) and use the template provided for poster presentations (DOT - 33kb).

Poster guidelines

You might like to visit one of the following websites for ideas on putting your poster together effectively:

Posters will be available for viewing for the duration of the conference. Interactive poster sessions will be specified in the pre-conference and conference program.