Call for Contributions

Call for Contributions are now open! Please click here to submit your abstract through the online submission portal.

Please ensure you have read the submission requirements below before proceeding to the abstract submission portal.

Submission requirements

Submissions to the HERDSA 2018 International Conference may be in one of five formats:

  1. Refereed paper
  2. Showcase of excellent leadership, practice and/or policy (refereed abstract)
  3. Pre-conference workshop
  4. Master Class or Mini Workshop
  5. Poster presentation

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

  • social justice and inclusion
  • purposes of higher education
  • integrity in higher education
  • measures of success
  • academic futures – where to now?
  • emotional labour of academic work
  • staffing higher education
  • leadership in higher education
  • pushing the boundaries
  • places and spaces of teaching and learning
  • health and well-being within the sector
  • graduate futures
  • the use of student data – purposes and/or ethics
  • alternative pathways, access and equity
  • transitions into/through/out of higher education
  • working in partnership within and across communities
  • who are our communities?
  • higher education reforms
  • sustainability of higher education
  • commercialisation within higher education
  • internationalisation/ globalisation
  • innovation and/or renovation
  • new research methodologies and frameworks
  • learning technologies
  • professional development innovations
  • sharing innovative work and ideas

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. Presentation time must be 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 and due dates

Submissions must be made using the online submission system and in accordance with the guidelines for the format proposed. Click here to download a copy of the Full Paper Guidelines.

Due Dates

Refereed Papers: Full paper due on 5th February 2018

Abstracts for showcase papers and posters: Abstracts due on 5th February 2018

Pre-conference workshops: Proposals due on 1st December 2017

Mini workshops (during conference): Proposals due on 5th February 2018

Contribution Types

Refereed Papers

Refereed papers can be on any aspect of the conference theme or sub-themes. Refereed Papers that are accepted for the 2018 HERDSA Conference will be published in the conference proceedings – Research and Development in Higher Education: (Re)Valuing Higher Education, Volume 41.

Full paper due date:  5th February 2018

Refereed papers should be submitted for double blind peer review by 5th February.

Papers should be a maximum of 5000 words in length, including abstract, references and all appendices. Longer papers will not be accepted. 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. All papers need to clearly articulate how they address the relevant conference theme(s).

The outcome of the second review process will be that each paper is:

  • Accepted as is;
  • Accepted with minor revisions;
  • Accepted subject to revision;
  • Accepted as a non-refereed showcase presentation; or
  • Rejected

Where revisions are required, authors will need to complete these within the time allocated.

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

All refereed full-papers accepted for presentation at the conference are published in the annual conference proceedings, Research and Development in Higher Education (RDHE) (available at http://herdsa.org.au/publications/conference_proceedings). This means that these papers cannot be published elsewhere.

In addition, the HERDSA conference offers three prizes for fully refereed papers.

  • HERDSA Prize for Best Scholarly Paper

Eligible authors are invited to nominate for the following awards:

  • Taylor & Francis Prize for the Best Paper by a New Researcher
  • Edith Cowan University Prize for the Best Paper on an Authentic Learning Environment

To download a copy of the Refereed Paper Awards Coversheet, please click here Please note: applications will only be accepted via the Abstract Submission portal with the Refereed paper submission.

Showcase of excellent leadership, practice and/or policy (refereed abstract)

Showcase due date:  5th February 2018

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 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 must include approximately 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.

It is anticipated that showcase presentations will be allocated 20 minutes which will include 15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Pre-conference Workshop due date:  1st December 2017

Pre-conference workshops provide an opportunity to explore conference sub-themes in more detail. The number of workshop slots is limited. 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 workshop addresses one of the conference sub-themes. Please note that if accepted, workshops in this category will not be considered refereed papers.

The proposal submitted should address:

  1. Overview of workshop
  2. Target audience
  3. Intended outcomes for participants
  4. Outline of activities

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

Poster presentation due date:  5th February 2018

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.

Poster guidelines

  • A0 size – 841 mm wide x 1189 mm high, portrait orientation
  • A banner displaying your poster title, name, institution and email address should be positioned at top-centre of the poster
  • Please make it obvious to the viewer how to progressively view the poster. The poster generally should read from left to right, and top to bottom. Numbering the individual panels, or connecting them with arrows may assist readers.

Click here to download the Poster Submission guidelines

Master Class or Mini Workshop

Master Class or Mini Workshop due date:  5th February 2018

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. Intended outcomes for participants
  4. Outline of activities

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.

There are five awards and prizes which are associated with the annual HERDSA conference.

Applications are invited for this prize which will be presented at the annual HERDSA Conference. The purpose of the award is to foster original research by encouraging new and less experienced researchers. A prize of AUD$1000 will be awarded to the paper written by a new researcher (or researchers) which makes a significant contribution to research in the field of tertiary education. The papers will be judged by the Executive Editor of HERD and/or members of the editorial team.

This award of AUD$500 and one year’s free membership to HERDSA, is open to all papers accepted for presentation as a full refereed paper. Papers to be considered for this award will be nominated by reviewers, from which the HERDSA Executive Committee will judge.

Applications are invited for this prize ($450), which will be awarded at the annual HERDSA Conference. The purpose of the prize is to encourage students to disseminate their work at national and international higher education conferences. Applicants must be presenting a full refereed paper or showcase at the HERDSA conference in order to be eligible for this prize.

Presenters will be judged on their ability to effectively communicate as well as on the academic content of their presentation. Members of the HERDSA Executive New Scholars portfolio will judge.

All posters are eligible for this prize of $300. The purpose of the prize is to promote and recognise excellence in the ability to visually communicate ideas, findings or outcomes related to tertiary education.

Posters will be assessed by all conference delegates – on both the ability to visually communicate as well as on the academic content of the poster. Conference participants can vote using the conference mobile app which will work on any smartphone, tablet, or computer connected to the internet (a paper-based form will also be available).

The best poster prize will be awarded to the poster that receives the highest number of votes, with a runner-up prize to the second-highest poster.

A travel award of up to $1,000 is available to provide support for a person to attend and participate in the annual conference of HERDSA. Preference will normally be given to people who:

  • can demonstrate financial hardship (e.g. fulltime student, geographical location or other personal circumstances)
  • are able to attend the full conference
  • have submitted a conference paper based on their research
  • are willing to make a contribution to the HERDSA Newsletter
  • have had limited, or no, opportunities to attend similar conferences
  • have not previously received a HERDSA travel award.

Applications should be sent to the HERDSA Office (office@herdsa.org.au) addressing the above criteria.

The deadline of application is  <Date to be determined>