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Call for Papers

Submissions are invited for consideration at Data for Policy 2022. Authors are advised to check all the requirements for presenters on our post-acceptance page. In particular, it is expected that one presenting author from each accepted submission will register for and attend a physical conference. We understand that the cost of registration may be a barrier to participation, and therefore offer Data for Policy diversity scholarships to suitable candidates. More information about this scheme is available here.

Data for Policy 2022 will run as a linear programme, and therefore the organisers may consider extending the main conference timetable if there is sufficient demand. Authors are asked to note that this is a possibility before submitting their proposals.

Submissions to Standard or Special Tracks will be accepted in the following categories:

  1. Individual Research/Policy/Practitioner Proposals in the form of full research papers
  2. Individual Research/Policy/Practitioner Proposals in the form of extended abstracts
  3. Panel Proposals in the form of extended abstracts
  4. Workshops/tutorials/demonstrations in the form of extended abstracts

The details of each submission type are below:

  • Full research paper (individual research/policy/practitioner proposals): 

For the benefit of those authors who wish to submit their paper for consideration in the open-access Data & Policy journal published by Cambridge University Press, we have integrated the review process for the conference into that of the journal; reviews performed for the conference will be considered as part of the journal’s peer review procedure, potentially leading to faster decisions in the journal and publication ahead of the conference. Authors interested in taking advantage of this integrated process can submit a full paper through the conference’s EasyChair system by the deadline of 1 June 2022.  In order to prepare a full paper, authors can use the LaTeX and Word templates available via the Data & Policy Instructions for Authors. Please convert your article to PDF to submit to the conference’s EasyChair System; if accepted into the Journal we will ask for the source files.

Please consider the following points, which are described in more detail in the instructions that are linked to above:

  • Data & Policy has three categories of papers: Research Articles (presenting novel findings; approx 8,000 words inclusive of references), Translational Articles (demonstrating data science principles, techniques and technologies in practice; approx 8,000 words) and Commentaries (an overview of existing knowledge about an issue; approx 4,000 words). In your article, please include a heading that indicates into which category your article falls;
  • The journal also requires authors to provide a policy significance statement, a competing interest statement, a funding statement and a data availability statement in their article;
  • The journal encourages authors to make replication data and materials openly available and to link to these in the data availability statement in their article;
  • Authors should watermark or otherwise indicate in the full paper that it is ‘under review’;
  • The review process is likely to include multiple iterations that extend beyond the timeline of the conference, and publication is subject to reviewer comments being reflected in the final paper;
  • Note that conference acceptance does not guarantee publication in Data & Policy.

Papers that do not conform to Data & Policy’s specifications will be reviewed for their suitability for conference presentation, but will not receive full journal review. In particular, we cannot consider papers that have been previously published in any form.

  • Extended abstract (individual Research/Policy/Practitioner Proposals): 

This should be 1,000 words maximum, including a title, research/policy question, research methodology and data used, and key findings. There are no formatting requirements for abstracts. Authors who decide to just submit an extended abstract – in order to present at the conference – will still have the option of submitting to the journal at a later date if they wish to do so, but will not benefit from the integrated review procedure. Note also that some Special Track Chairs are intending to guest-edit thematic collections of articles in Data & Policy, so you may be separately contacted by the Chair about the potential of submitting to the journal.

  • Panel Proposals

Panel proposals should comprise a combination of 3-4 presentations from researchers and/or practitioners, each of whom must provide an abstract (1,000 words maximum per abstract). A description of the panel should also be submitted (500 words maximum). The abstracts from panel presenters should be submitted with the abstract for the whole panel, as a single document attachment.

Other Proposals 

Authors may submit proposals for other types of sessions (e.g. workshops, tutorials, demonstrations, posters). Please provide an abstract describing the presentation/session (1,000 words maximum).