Abstract Submission Guidelines:

Submissions will be accepted in the following categories:

  1. Individual Research/Policy/Practitioner Proposals: Up to 1000-word extended abstract should be submitted including a title, research/policy question, research methodology and data used, and key findings. All submitted research papers will be considered for special journal issues and edited books, and all policy proposals will be considered for post-conference publications in the form of reports. Authors/Presenters of selected submissions will be invited to submit full Discussion Papers prior to the conference.
  2. Session Proposals: Session proposals welcome a combination of 3-4 presentations from researchers and/or practitioners each providing a max-1000 word abstract. A max 500-word description of the panel should also be submitted.
  3. Demo Proposals: The Demonstration Track is intended to provide a showcasing opportunity for new tools, technological advances, and services offered in this emerging field. The contributions must demonstrate state of the art technology and must be run live, preferably with some interactive parts. A max 1000-word description of the session should be submitted including the technology demonstrated, the elements of novelty, the live action part, the interactive part, the equipment brought by the demonstrators, and the equipment required from the track organisers.
  4. Poster Submissions: All individual submissions to the conference will first be considered for oral presentation and then for poster sessions at the conference. Those who wish to make submission for the poster sessions only should make a standard submission indicating at the top that they are only interested in presenting a poster. Please note that all posters at the conference will be considered for the poster competition at the conference and if you want to omit this option, please indicate this at the top of your submission.

Submissions will be assessed according to following criteria:

  • Potential contribution to the debates in the field
  • Potential for stimulating debate in the Conference
  • Freshness of the content, novelty and originality
  • Formulation of the research/policy question
  • Data and methodology
  • Quality of writing and presentation

Extended abstract submissions should be made via EasyChair. Authors are invited to enter their name(s), title and abstract, and keywords. A number of ‘Submission Categories’ are then presented, from which authors can choose the most relevant.


In order to make a submission for the pre-conference workshops and tutorials, authors must first download the pre-conference workshop form:

Workshop Submission Form 

After completing this form, the submission should be made via EasyChair. Authors are invited to enter their name(s), title and abstract, and keywords. This is largely repeated in the form.

*Please note that this program is pre-conference 10th June, and is therefore distinct from the general conference program on the 11-12th June. For additional information please email

In the ‘Submission Category’ section, please select ‘Pre-Conference Workshop or Tutorial on June 10 (Chair: C. Leigh Anderson)’.


Discussion paper submission guidelines:

Accepted authors will be invited to submit their Discussion Papers on the Zenodo platform (Data for Policy community profile). Authors who cannot submit full papers will be invited to upload presentations. Instructions for uploading to Zenodo (

  1. After logging in to Zenodo click on the ‘Upload’ tab. Following this select the ‘New Upload’ option.
  2. After ‘Dragging/Choosing files’, search ‘Data for Policy’ under the ‘Communities’ section (users will need to scroll down the options and identify the Data for Policy logo).
  3. The next step is to select from the ‘Upload Type’. Here, those submitting Discussion/Forum Papers should select the ‘Publication’ option. Then, select ‘Conference Paper’ from the ‘Publication Type’ option. Those submitting Presentations should choose the ‘Presentation’ option.
  4. Zenodo will generate a DOI, as such under the ‘Basic Information’ section authors should fill only the ‘Tile’, ‘Authors’, ‘Description’ and ‘Key Words’.
  5. The default option under ‘Licencing’ is Open access. This option is encouraged, however, when appropriate authors can select the restricted options.
  6. At this point, authors will be able to ‘Publish’, all other information is optional.

The following formatting instructions and templates are recommended for authors:

Data for Policy paper formatting instructions
Data for Policy Word Template
Data for Policy Latex Template
Copyright form

Note: discussion papers should be between 4 and 6 pages in length (when formatted according to the templates provided).

Please name your file as:

  • Submission Number_Last (family) name of the corresponding author for the paper
    (e.g. 141_Brown)
  • Submission Number_Last (family) name_copyright (e.g. 141_Brown_Copyright)

Final paper submission should be in PDF format and signed copyright forms should also be returned to us by the same deadline. Please note that we may also request source files (word or LaTeX documents) during the publication process.

All submissions will be first used for conference discussions and then considered for conference proceedings and other post-conference publications (e.g. special journal issues and policy reports). Our team is currently discussing multiple options with prestigious academic publishers.

If you would like to opt out from the post-conference publications, please notify us of this via when making your submission.

Further guidelines for oral and poster presentations will be provided in due course.

Participant guidelines: 

All participants of the conference are kindly required to read the following guidelines to ensure smooth running of the programme:

Please refer any questions to our team at