Refereed Papers

Refereed papers can be on any aspect of the conference theme or sub-themes. Refereed Papers that are accepted for the HERDSA 2016 Conference will be published in Research and Development in Higher Education: The Shape of Higher Education, Volume 39.

Abstract due date: 30 October 2015 
Full paper from accepted abstracts due date: 5 February 2016

Abstract for Refereed Paper

The first step in submitting a proposal for a refereed paper is to submit an abstract by 30 October 2015. After a blind peer-review process, authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper for peer review.

An abstract (maximum 400 words) must be submitted for review. The abstract should be submitted as a word document using the Abstract for Review Template and NOT contain any information that might identify the author/s. The abstract should include the title and three keywords that best reflect the proposed paper. The abstract should address

  • Background/context
  • The research and/or issue under consideration
  • Overview of methodology (theoretical positioning of the research) and method(s) of data collection and analysis
  • Brief discussion of results and implications
  • Relevance to conference theme

Abstracts for refereed papers will be reviewed against the following criteria.

  • Relevance
  • The issue and process
  • Contribution to scholarship and/or practice
  • Clarity and standard of writing

Full Refereed Paper
(from accepted abstracts)

Authors of the accepted abstracts must submit a full version of their paper for peer review by 5 February 2016.

  • 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 HERDSA Formatting Guidelines. Submissions which do not follow the guidelines will be returned to authors and may not be reviewed. The paper should NOT contain any information that might identify the author/s.
  • Research and scholarly papers will be double blind reviewed by reviewers selected by the Conference Organising Committee.  Papers will be reviewed using the following criteria*.
    • relevance of the topic to the conference themes
    • relevance of the paper for the conference audience
    • soundness of the research methods and critical analysis
    • originality and contribution to scholarship
    • clear and coherent presentation of the argument

*Where papers are conceptual/analytical rather than empirical, it is recognised that not all the above criteria will apply.
The outcome of the paper review process will be that each paper is:

  • Accepted as is
  • Accepted with minor revisions
  • Accepted as a non-refereed showcase
  • Accepted as a poster
  • Rejected

If your paper is accepted for presentation, you need to resubmit the paper after editing for reviewer comments and adding any identifying information that was excluded from the version submitted for review including author name/s and institutional affiliation. The resubmitted paper should follow the HERDSA Formatting Guidelines and the Refereed Paper template
Where revisions and/or corrections to formatting are required, authors will need to complete these within the time allocated and in compliance with the guidelines or they will not be accepted.