Submission Information

A note about #AoIR2022

At this stage, the 2022 AoIR conference is being planned as a Limited Hybrid Conference. The main conference will take place as a face-to-face event in Dublin in early November 2022 along similar lines to past face-to-face conferences. We are committed to enabling participation by as many AoIR members as possible at some level in this year’s conference. To this end, two of our core events will run in both face-to-face and online versions: the Doctoral Colloquium and the Early Career Researcher (ECR) event. Submissions for both modes of the Doctoral Colloquium are open as of 15 January; as with our other preconferences, call for participation in both modes of the ECR event will be distributed shortly after conference acceptance notifications. We also plan to provide online access for all AoIR members to our larger events (keynote, plenaries, and Annual General Meeting).

The feedback from last year’s conference clearly indicated that many people are experiencing zoom fatigue at various scales and are increasingly uninterested in creating or even watching conference paper videos, even when this can be integrated into a conference programme. Additionally, as a middle-sized volunteer-run academic organisation in the midst of a pandemic, we have neither the budget nor human capacity to simultaneously support a full face-to-face and full online conference. Instead, for those who cannot attend, AoIR will also support a number of individual host-run single-stream events closer to November similar to the online preconferences held in 2021. Shorter single-stream online events have been the most popular and meaningful format available when face-to-face is not an option. Details of how these can be arranged will be finalised after the regular conference acceptances have been released.

Of course, we are mindful as we begin the third year of the pandemic that we cannot easily predict what the world will look like in November. We are hopeful that the latest COVID-19 variant will have largely been brought under control and that travel will be possible and desirable for some. We do not pretend that even in the best circumstances travel will be available to everyone, but our options are, in large part, dictated by event contracts signed prior to the pandemic (and which have already, generously, been rolled forward two years after our initial Dublin plans in 2020). We will be monitoring the global COVID-19 situation as the year progresses and if a face-to-face conference proves impossible, we will endeavour to provide an alternative option. Fingers crossed, we hope to see many of you in November. Stay safe, and look after yourselves.


Submission Types

Submissions are open. 

Traditional Papers
Preconstituted Panels
Open Fishbowls
Roundtable Sessions
Experimental Sessions
Preconference Workshops
Doctoral Colloquium

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.

To learn more about how submissions are reviewed, please read more 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.

Please note: You will be asked to select from a drop down menu the thematic and/or methodological category into which your work best fits. These are used to allocate reviewers to your paper or panel so it is important to choose the category or categories that will ensure the best match. Consider the expertise that will be needed to best evaluate your work in making this decision.

In the interest of diversity and collegiality, each conference participant is limited to presenting one individual paper and one paper in a panel. 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, analysis or theoretical framing, 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 1000-1200-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-anonymized peer-reviewed.

  • Initial extended abstract submissions should not include the names of authors: all extended abstract submissions are double-anonymized 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.
  • ALL presenting authors must be registered by the Early Registration Deadline of 1 Aug 2022
  • Accepted, de-anonymized, final version of the extended abstract must be uploaded by 30 Oct 2022.

Traditional Paper Submission Deadline: 1 March 2022
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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 a 1000-1200-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-anonymized peer-reviewed.

  • Initial extended abstract submissions should not include the names of authors: all extended abstract submissions are double-anonymized peer-reviewed.
  • Extended abstracts for each paper should be approximately 1000-1200 words, including references.
  • The introductory statement should be approximately 600-800 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.
  • The presenting authors of ALL papers in the panel must be registered by the Early Bird Registration Deadline of 1 Aug. 2022..
  • Accepted, non-anonymized, final version of the extended abstract must be uploaded by 30 Nov 2022.

Panel Submission Deadline: 1 March 2022
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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”). They must also indicate clearly whether they are half-day (three hours) or full-day (six hours) events.

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; while the reviewers will be anonymous, 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. All workshops must take place on-site at the conference venue, and they must be open to any conference delegate, without a separate application process. All workshop facilitators must be registered by the Early Bird Registration Deadline of 1 Aug. 2022.

Workshop Submission Deadline: 1 March 2022
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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). Only the reviewers are anonymous; 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, and all initial participants must be registered by the Early Bird Registration Deadline of 1 Aug. 2022.

Roundtable Submission Deadline: 1 March 2022
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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). Only the reviewers are anonymous; the quality and expertise of the organizers and initial participants 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, and all fish must be registered by the Early Bird Registration Deadline of 1 Aug. 2022.

Fishbowl Submission Deadline: 1 March 2022
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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. All named facilitators of an experimental session must be registered by the Early Bird Registration Deadline of 1 Aug. 2022

Experimental Submission Deadline: 1 March 2022
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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 #AoIR2022 Doctoral Colloquium. The colloquium offers PhD students working in internet research or related fields a special, day-long forum, to be convened on 2 November 2022 or an online event for those who cannot attend the main face-to-face conference. 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.

When submitting please select either the Main Doctoral Colloquium or Online Doctoral Colloquium depending on which mode you can participate in. (If the conference were to shift fully online, then those who selected face-to-face will be given the opportunity to join the online cohort.)

Doctoral Colloquium Deadline: 31 May 2022
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Contact Information

Please address any questions to the Program Chair, Kylie Jarrett, Maynooth University, AoIRConfChair [at] aoir [dot] org.