AoIR2023 Submission Information

A note about #AoIR2023

The 2023 AoIR conference is being planned as a Limited Hybrid Conference. The main conference will take place as a face-to-face event in Philadelphia in 18-21 October, 2023 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).

Submission Types

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 as many people as possible the opportunity to participate in the conference.

Submissions for AoIR2023 are open.

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. This year, as a trial run, we will NOT be counting reference lists as part of that 1200-word limit. This decision will be re-evaluated after the conference. Submissions must adhere to AoIR’s pre-formatted template and should demonstrate the 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.

ALL presenting authors must be registered by the Early Registration Deadline of 1 Aug 2023. Accepted, de-anonymized, final version of the extended abstract must be uploaded by 17 November, 2023.

Submissions for AoIR2023 are open.

Submission deadline for Papers – March 1st

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 for each of the constituent papers in the standard AoIR paper submission template. 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. This year, as a trial run, we will NOT be counting reference lists against the above word limits (to be reevaluated after the conference). Finally, 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.

The presenting authors of ALL papers in the panel must be registered by the Early Bird Registration Deadline of 1 August 2023. Accepted, non-anonymized, final version of the extended abstract must be uploaded by 17 November 2023.

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 as many people as possible the opportunity to participate in the conference.

Submissions for AoIR2023 are open.

Submission deadline for Panels – March 1st

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). This year, as a trial run, we will NOT be counting reference lists against the above word limits (to be reevaluated after the conference). 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 panelists 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 August 2023.

Submissions for AoIR2023 are open.

Submission deadline for Preconference Workshops – March 1st

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. We stress that this format is not appropriate for submitters wishing to present papers. In such instances, the Panel format is the one to choose.

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). This year, as a trial run, we will NOT be counting reference lists against the above word limits (to be reevaluated after the conference). 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 August 2023.

Submissions for AoIR2023 are open.

Submission deadline for Roundtables – March 1st

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 the conference themes or its 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). This year, as a trial run, we will NOT be counting reference lists against the above word limits (to be reevaluated after the conference).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 August 2023.

Submissions for AoIR2023 are open.

Submission deadline for Fishbowls – March 1st

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. If you are unsure as to the fit of your Experimental Session, we encourage you to reach out to the conference chair to discuss your ideas. Sometimes, for instance, a half-day preconference workshop might be a better format. We’ll be happy to think this through with you.

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). This year, as a trial run, we will NOT be counting reference lists against the above word limits (to be reevaluated after the conference). 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 August 2023.

Submissions for AoIR2023 are open.

Submission deadline for Experimental Sessions – March 1st

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 #AoIR2023 Doctoral Colloquium. The colloquium offers PhD students working in internet research or related fields a special, day-long forum, to be convened on18 October 2023 or an online event for those who cannot attend the main in person 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.)

Submissions for AoIR2023 are open.

Submission deadline Doctoral Colloquium –  Monday, 1 May 2023

Contact Information

Please address any questions to the Program Chair, Adrienne Shaw, Temple University, AoIRConfChair [at] aoir [dot] org.