Call for Contributions

Submissions are now closed.

Abstract notification has been sent to all submitters. If you have not received it, kindly contact the Conference Secretariat (email).

The committee, with help from a large team of volunteer referees, have completed the review of over 380 submitted abstracts and made the HERDSA 2015 program decision. The process was extremely competitive and some very difficult decisions were required to ensure that a maximum of participants could present.

The presenting authors of the accepted abstracts are now kindly required to register for the conference. As soon as registration and payment has been finalized, the presenting authors will be notified on the schedule of their presentations.
Any change of the presenting author or a presentation cancellation needs to be notified in writing to the Conference Secretariat (email).  


 

HERDSA Guidelines

REFEREED PAPERS -  HOW TO SUBMIT A FULL PAPER
 

Refereed papers can be on any aspect of the conference theme or sub-themes. Papers in this category that are accepted for the HERDSA 2015 Conference will be published in the refereed proceedings of the conference.

Abstract due date: DEADLINE CLOSED 
Full paper due date: DEADLINE CLOSED 

Authors of the selected abstracts must submit a full version of their paper:

  • Papers should be a maximum of 5000 words in length, including abstract, references and all appendices. Longer papers will not be accepted. 
  • Please ensure that you use the Refereed Paper template and follow the Formatting Guidelines. Submissions which do not follow the guidelines will be returned to authors and may not be reviewed.
  • Full papers will be double blind reviewed by reviewers selected by the Conference Organising Committee. Proposals for refereed papers will be reviewed against the criteria of quality, relevance and standard of writing.
  • Where revisions are required, authors will need to complete these within the time allocated.

The outcome of the second review process will be that each paper is:
• Accepted as is;
• Accepted with minor revisions;
• Accepted as a non-refereed showcase presentation; or
• Rejected

How to submit a full paper: 

  1. log onto the conference dashboard as a returning delegate by entering your email and password. If you are unable to remember your access codes, please contact the Conference Secretariat.
  2. Once you enter your profile, click on the top menu “Abstracts”.
  3. A list of your submitted abstracts will appear. Now just click the button “View/Edit” near the title of the abstract you have been requested to upload a full paper for.
  4. Click on the button “Upload draft paper”
  5. Submit your Full Paper in Word Format (max 2MB) through the button “Choose File” and click “Upload” to confirm.
    Please note: You will NOT receive an automatic email confirmation. 
  6. In case you spot a mistake in your full paper and you wish to amend it, just upload a new version of your full paper by following the above instructions. The system will automatically overwrite the previously uploaded document.

If you need further assistance with the online submission system, please do not hesitate to contact us.

SHOWCASE OF EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP, PRACTICE AND/OR POLICY (REFEREED ABSTRACTS)
 

Due date: DEADLINE CLOSED 

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/or qualitative evidence of effectiveness are equally acceptable. 

A 300 word abstract must be submitted for consideration by the Conference Organising Committee. Please note that if accepted, presentations in this category will not be considered refereed papers. In addition authors will be asked to provide an explanation of a maximum of 200 words showing how the paper addresses one of the conference sub-themes.
The abstract should address the following:
1. Background/context
2. The initiative/practice
3. Method(s) of evaluative data collection and analysis
4. Evidence of effectiveness
Abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Organising Committee. Abstracts for showcase presentations will be reviewed against the criteria of quality, relevance and standard of writing.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP
 

Due date: DEADLINE CLOSED

Pre-conference workshops provide an opportunity to explore conference sub-themes in more detail. The number of workshop slots is limited. 

Pre-conference workshops will be allocated 180 minutes of time including a tea break. It is expected that the presenter will integrate activities, questions and discussion throughout the workshop. 
Abstracts for workshops will be reviewed against the criteria of quality, engagement, relevance and standard of writing.

POSTER PRESENTATION
 

Due date: DEADLINE CLOSED

Poster submissions will be evidence-based and should outline the background/context and outcomes. Posters allow participants with similar interests to interact by using the poster as a discussion point. Please note that presentations accepted in this category are not considered refereed papers.

Proposals are to be submitted as a 300 word abstract describing their poster. In addition authors will be asked to provide an explanation of a maximum of 200 words showing how the workshop addresses one of the conference sub-themes.
The abstract should address the following:
1. Background/context
2. Research/evaluation method
3. Outcomes
4. How the conference sub-theme(s) are addressed
Poster abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Organising Committee. Abstracts for posters will be reviewed against the criteria of quality, relevance and standard of writing/presentation.
Posters will be available for viewing for the duration of the conference. An interactive poster viewing session will be held for authors to discuss their poster with other delegates. The interactive viewing session may include the opportunity to present the poster in a ‘pecha kucha’ format. If your abstract is accepted, please follow the Guidelines for Poster Presentations when preparing your poster for the conference. All accepted poster abstracts will be placed on the HERDSA website.

MASTER CLASS OR MINI WORKSHOP
 

Due date: DEADLINE CLOSED

A Master Class or Mini-Workshop has a duration of 1.5 hours and can be structured as a professional development workshop to enable learners to engage in more detail with one of the conference sub-themes. A 300 word proposal must be submitted for consideration by the Organising Committee. In addition authors will be asked to provide an explanation of a maximum of 200 words showing how the master class or workshop addresses one of the conference sub-themes. Please note that if accepted, abstracts in this category will not be considered refereed papers.

The proposal submitted should address:
1. Overview of workshop or master class
2. Target audience
3. Outline of activities
4. Intended outcomes for participants
It is expected that the presenter will integrate activities, questions and discussion throughout the workshop. Abstracts for master classes or mini-workshops will be reviewed against the criteria of quality, engagement, relevance and standard of writing.

SPECIAL INTEREST ROUNDTABLES
 

Due date: 15th February 2015

A roundtable is an interactive session designed to facilitate discussion and debate. Numbers will be limited to 10 - 12 participants per roundtable. The focus of the discussion is a clearly identified topic that reflects an emerging issue in policy, practice or research related to the conference theme. The convenor(s) will briefly introduce the topic and indicate a number of perspectives. The remaining time will be allocated for discussion. A nominated person will moderate the discussion.

A maximum 300 word abstract must be submitted for consideration by the Organising Committee. In addition authors will be asked to provide an explanation of a maximum of 200 words showing how the paper addresses one of the conference sub-themes.

The abstract should address the following:
1. Background/context
2. The issue/topic to be addressed
3. A brief outline of the debates around the issue/topic
4. Suggested questions for discussion
Abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Organising Committee. Abstracts for roundtables will be reviewed against the criteria of currency, relevance and standard of writing.


PhD Candidate Roundtable

PhD students studying in fields that are relevant to HERDSA will be able to discuss their work with others interested in their topic and obtain input from experts in the field. Numbers will be limited to 10 - 12 participants per roundtable. The focus of the discussion is the research of the PhD candidate. The roundtable is available for any stage of candidature so the discussion may vary depending on the stage. The candidate will use less than half the time to present their research idea/proposal/methodology/findings and then open it up to discussion and debate. The remaining time will be allocated for discussion. A nominated person will moderate the discussion.

A maximum 300 word abstract must be submitted for consideration by the Organising Committee. In addition authors will be asked to provide an explanation of a maximum of 200 words showing how the paper addresses one of the conference sub-themes.

Abstracts for this category may vary depending on the stage of candidature:

1. Background or context of the research
2. Aim of the research
3. Research questions
4. A brief outline of the research and what would be discussed (may differ depending on candidature stage.)
Abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Organising Committee. Abstracts for PhD roundtables will be reviewed against the criteria of currency, relevance and standard of writing.

 

Abstract submission requirements

The Chair and Organising Committee of the HERDSA 2015 Conference warmly invite you to submit papers and proposals under the overarching conference theme of Learning for life and work in a complex world and under one of the five formats listed below:
  • Refereed papers
  • Showcase papers
  • Poster presentations
  • Pre-conference workshops
  • Master Class,Mini Workshop or Roundtable (during conference)

Submissions must be made using the online submission system and in accordance with the HERDSA guidelines for the format proposed.

All submissions must relate to the conference theme “Learning for life and work in a complex world” and address one or more of the sub-themes:
  1. Educating graduates to be responsive and adaptable professionals
  2. Exploiting emerging technologies to enable employability
  3. Assessing, evidencing and evaluating graduate capabilities
  4. Navigating uncertainty and complexity

Please note:

  • 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. Co-presenters are allowed, but they must be registered for the day of their presentation. 
  • Submissions should be original, comply with copyright law and reflect the HERDSA guidelines relating to format and presentation (see above)

 

General Information

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I START MY SUBMISSION?

-  Abstracts can be submitted for either oral or poster presentation.
-  Please note that some requests for talks may need to be moved to poster presentations.

The submission process is online from the same profile you create for registration. It will work with any contemporary browser and the system will let you know if there is a problem with your browser version. When ready, you should open your document so you can cut and paste into the online system. Please do not work from .pdf files. The steps are straight forward and the abstract builds online as you paste in so you can check it is as you wish.

The benefits of this system are many but include:
 i.   Allowing you to preview your abstract and make modifications to your satisfaction;
 ii.  Ensuring you know your lodgement is completed as you will receive an immediate email confirmation;
 iii. Ensuring accurate indexing of all authors in the abstract book;
 iv. Ensuring consistent presentation of all abstracts in the proceedings (overarching formatting is imposed).

Note that your abstract will not be included in the program if you do not register and pay for your registration.

WHEN YOU'VE FINISHED THE SUBMISSION
 

You will receive a confirmation email with after your Abstract Submission has been successfully submitted. You can view or edit your abstract by returning to your Currinda profile. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please contact ASN Events.

Changes can be made to your abstract until the scoring process begins. Just return to your Conference Dashboard and select the Edit option under Abstracts. The edit option will no longer appear once scoring has commenced.

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT MY RESULT?
  

Email notification of programming decisions will come from the secretariat shortly after the expiry of deadlines and the working program will be posted to the web site. It will also appear on your Currinda profile. The notification will include specific presentation instructions but in the interim, those preparing posters should note the maximum size allowed is 100cm wide by 120cm deep. Velcro will be available to fix the poster to the boards.

WILL MY ABSTRACT BE PUBLISHED ONLINE?
 

A couple of weeks before the meeting, the final program will be published to this web page along with hyperlinks to the abstracts. The abstracts will also be available on the conference ‘App’.


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