Submission Information

Submission Types

We are pleased to open submissions for proposals for AoIR 2017: Networked Publics (Tartu, Estonia – 18-21 October 2017). To re-familiarize yourself with the call for proposals and types of submissions solicited, please click here.

Accepted paper and panel submissions will be included in our open access conference paper archive, Selected Papers of Internet Research (SPIR). SPIR helps us further publicize the work of our members and introduce our research to a wider audience. All paper and panel submissions must therefore follow our SPIR formatting requirements, which includes a consistent header and style format for the papers that will enable readers to easily locate author and title information, and identify the papers as part of the AoIR conference. This format is only intended to bring consistency to basic elements (such as typeface and spacing), not to impose any disciplinary constraints. You can download a Word template here.

Most other types of submissions require only an abstract to be entered into ConfTool. Full instructions for each of the submission types are below.

In the interest of diversity and collegiality, each conference participant is limited to presenting one individual paper and one paper in a panel, and to participating in one roundtable. You can be a co-author on additional papers, but you must not be the scheduled presenter of these papers. Please do not submit as a presenter for any more papers than this, to allow everyone an opportunity to participate in the conference.

Traditional papers: Paper submissions should articulate the issue or research question to be discussed, the methodological or critical framework used, and indicate the findings or conclusions to be presented and/or the relevance to wider conference themes. Papers can present any kind of research or analysis, but should be written so that the importance of the work can be understood by reviewers working in different disciplines or using different approaches. Cross- or trans-disciplinary work is especially encouraged. Presentations at the conference are generally intended to be dynamic, and provide a broad overview of the scholarship being engaged, with the hope of generating useful conversation.

Paper submissions must be made in the form of 1200-word extended abstracts, including references. They must adhere to AoIR’s pre-formatted template and should give an indication as to the consistency, rigor and relevance of the work. Further, in addition to the extended abstract document, you will also be required to enter a brief abstract of 250 words in the ConfTool website, which will be used to list your panel in the conference program. Paper submissions should not include the names of authors: all paper submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed.

  • Initial extended abstract submissions should not include the names of authors: all extended abstract submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed.
  • Extended abstract should be approximately 1000-1200 words including references.
  • Keeping in mind the interdisciplinary nature of this conference, you should provide enough explanation of your approach to give reviewers with different backgrounds an understanding of the rigor and relevance of the work.
  • Please provide a 250 word abstract (summary) into the ConfTool “abstract” box for the program.
  • Presenting authors must be registered by the Early Registration Deadline of 1 Aug 2017
  • Accepted, non-blind, final version of the extended abstract must be uploaded by 30 Sept 2017.

Traditional Paper Submission Deadline: 1 March 2017

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Preconstituted panels: Panels should present a coherent group of papers on a single theme.  It is recommended that panels include four papers, although submissions of three to five papers will also be considered.

Panel submissions must include one 1200-word extended abstract, including references, in the standard AoIR paper submission template, for each of the constituent papers. The panel organizer is responsible for compiling the extended abstracts for each constituent paper into one single document for submission, and must add a brief introductory statement (600-800 words) articulating the papers’ relationship to each other. This statement should outline the overall rationale for the panel, referring to the key scholarly or public debates it addresses and outlining the contribution it makes. Further, in addition to this document collecting the introductory statement and the three to five extended abstracts, you will also be required to enter a brief abstract of 250 words in the ConfTool website, which will be used to list your panel in the conference program. Panel submissions should not include the names of participating authors or panel convenors: all panel submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed.

  • Initial extended abstract submissions should not include the names of authors: all extended abstract submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed.
  • Extended abstract should be approximately 1000-1200 words including references.
  • Keeping in mind the interdisciplinary nature of this conference, you should provide enough explanation of your approach to give reviewers with different backgrounds an understanding of the rigor and relevance of the work.
  • Please provide a 250 word abstract (summary) into the ConfTool “abstract” box for the program.
  • Presenting authors must be registered by the Early Registration Deadline of 1 Aug 2017
  • Accepted, non-blind, final version of the extended abstract must be uploaded by 30 Sept 2017.

Panel Submission Deadline: 1 March 2017

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Preconference workshops: Workshops may be either half or full-day events that occur on the first day of the conference and focus on a particular topic. They may be a workshop of some kind (e.g., a publishing workshop), a methodological “bootcamp” (e.g., on ethnography or statistical analysis), an exploration of a theoretical tradition or topical area (e.g., symbolic interaction, political economy, or GIS) or anything else that may be of interest to conference delegates. Proposals for workshops should explain for a general scholarly audience the goals of the workshop, the way it will operate, and an indication of potential audience or attendees who may be interested in attending (such as “early career scholars” or “researchers using statistical analysis”).

Proposals for workshops should be approximately 600-800 words in length (to be submitted as an “abstract” in the ConfTool Website: no separate document needs to be uploaded). They should name the facilitators and participants and are only single-blind peer-reviewed; the quality and expertise of the facilitators and other participants will be recognized in the assessment. The availability of individuals named as facilitators and panellists in workshop sessions must be confirmed by the time the proposal is submitted. Workshop proposals should indicate any special requirements, including especially any upper limits on the number of participants.

Workshop Submission Deadline: 1 March 2017

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Roundtable Sessions: Roundtables encourage discussion and interaction among delegates. They may involve brief introductory presentations by organizers. Proposals should include details on the theme or topic of discussion and its relevance, along with names of the organizers and initial participants. Roundtables can include no more than 5 initial participants.

Roundtable submissions should be between 250-300 words long (to be included as the “abstract” in the submissions process: no separate document need be uploaded). They are only single-blind peer-reviewed; the quality and expertise of the organizers and initial participants will be recognized in the assessment. The availability of individuals named as organizers and initial participants in roundtable sessions must be confirmed by the time the proposal is submitted.

Roundtable Submission Deadline: 1 March 2017

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Open Fishbowls: Fishbowl sessions should cover broad topics of interest to a wide segment of the AoIR community, and create a space for dialogue across different types of research. Submitted proposals should include a brief statement on the core idea or theme for the fishbowl, emphasizing its relation to conference themes or relevance to the AoIR community. Fishbowls can include no more than 5 initial participants (named fish), who should be named in the proposal. (Please visit this information page to make sure you understand a fishbowl session before submitting.)

Fishbowl submissions should be between 250-300 words long (to be included as the “abstract” in the submissions process: no separate document need be uploaded). They are only single-blind peer-reviewed; the quality and expertise of the fish will be recognized in the assessment. The availability of individuals named as fish in fishbowl sessions must be confirmed by the time the proposal is submitted.

Fishbowl  Submission Deadline: 1 March 2017

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Experimental Sessions: Experimental sessions are those that, while of interest to members or engaging with conference themes, meaningfully “push the envelope” beyond more traditional forms of conference engagement and participation and as such do not fit into any of the other proposal formats. Examples may include Ignite or Pecha-Kucha presentations, demonstrations, performances, installations, short-form workshops, unsessions, maker or code-based projects, or interactive experiences.

Proposals for experimental sessions should be between 300-500 words long (to be included as the “abstract” in the submissions process: no separate document need be uploaded). They should describe for a general scholarly audience the goal or idea of the session and how it will operate, and discuss why the proposed format will be of interest to AoIR delegates. Organizers of experimental sessions will be responsible for supplying any necessary equipment beyond that usually provided for conference presentations, and should be prepared to coordinate closely with the conference committee as necessary to enable a successful presentation of the alternative format. They are reviewed by the programme chair and conference committee in order to ensure their feasibility in the local setting of the conference.

Experimental Submission Deadline: 1 March 2017

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Doctoral Colloquium: The Association of Internet Researchers believes that its emerging researchers are the best in its disparate constituent fields. In keeping with its commitment to students’ scholarship, we continue the tradition of bringing emerging and established scholars together through the #AoIR2017 Doctoral Colloquium. The colloquium offers PhD students working in internet research or related fields a special, day-long forum, to be convened on 18 October 2017. For many years, this pre-conference event has provided students with the opportunity to spend a concentrated amount of time with senior scholars to share research projects, address methodological and theoretical challenges, and exchange informal advice on juggling the multiple pressures associated with job searching, publishing, and finishing the dissertation.

Interested students should prepare a) a two-page summary of their research. This should provide a context for the research, describe the methods being used, the progress to date, and primary concerns and issues; and b) a brief statement indicating why they want to participate in this doctoral colloquium and what they hope to get out of it. These are due on or before 20 May 2017. For further questions, don’t hesitate to contact the doctoral colloquium chair at aoir2017dc [at] aoir [dot] org.

Doctoral Colloquium Submission Deadline: 20 May 2017

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Conference Scholarships

In order to increase the diversity of participation in the AoIR conferences, the Association of Internet Researchers makes available a number of conference fee waivers and partial travel stipends ($500) per year. The number of fee waivers and travel stipends will depend first of all upon the ability of the conference budget to sustain such waivers (a judgment to be made by the AoIR Executive Committee upon the advice of the AoIR Treasurer and the local organizing committee) as well as upon the quality of the applications for fee waivers. Conference scholarships are made available only to participants who have had papers accepted via the peer review process, and applications are due on 20 May 2017, after acceptances have been announced.

More information will be made available regarding the scholarship application process at the conference website.

Conference Scholarship Submission Deadline: 20 May 2017

Contact Information

Please address any questions to the Program Chair, Andra Siibak, University of Tartu, aoir2017 [at] aoir [dot] org.

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