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 are welcome combining 3-4 presentations from researchers and/or practitioners each providing a max-1000 abstract. A max 500-word description of the panel should be submitted. Training & Workshop session proposals should include max 1000-word description and short biographies of tutors.
  3. Demo proposals: The Demonstration Track introduced at the Data for Policy 2017 conference 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

Discussion paper submission guidelines:

We invite the authors of all submissions that are accepted for presentation at the conference (both oral and poster presentations) to submit Discussion/Forum Papers using the formatting instructions and templates below:

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

At present we are just asking for short discussion papers for both research and policy submissions. These 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 team@dataforpolicy.org 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 team@dataforpolicy.org