Conference Paper Guidelines

Conference Paper Guidelines

Several types of information will be requested when you submit your proposal, but the "abstract" is the central and most important component.  It contains the information which reviewers use to evaluate the proposal. Each proposal should address the purpose, methods, and implications of the scholarly work.  Illustrations of the topics, or elements, to be addressed in the proposal are presented below. Please note that all proposals and presentations must be in English.

Each paper presenter is allocated max 15 minutes and 10 minutes for discussion.

Research Tracks

We are expecting the following three types of scholarly work:

Research Focus

Research Paper statement:  the hypothesis, research statement, statement of the problem or issue being explored.
Methodology: brief overview of research method used to address the research question identified in the research paper statement. For the paper, including information on the type of data collected (e.g., surveys, interviews, tests, literary analysis or critique, observations) but not sampling, or data analyses techniques (these should be explained in the full paper).
Results: the main findings of the study, resulting from the methods used.
Conclusions and Implications:  what the results mean for the field of study or for society; relate back to the research paper statement.

Practice Focus

Framework: the scholarly knowledge base--theoretical framework, previous research, or conceptual approach--upon which the practical application is based.
Description of practical application: what was designed or developed, how was it implemented, in what setting and with whom?
Outcomes: what has been learned from the implementation, what strengths and weaknesses have been identified?
Implications: what are the next steps or the implications for future practice or for society?

Theory Focus

Statement of the hypothesis, theoretical perspective, or philosophical idea being asserted.
Relationship to existing theories or perspectives in the field.
Contribution: how proposed idea advances knowledge in the field or benefits society.

Type of Presentation: Paper and Poster

Paper Presentation

Accepted papers will be organized into thematic sessions or roundtable discussions and, while the preparation for your presentation may be different for these two formats, the content of your proposal should include all of the elements of a research, practice, or theory-focused work listed above.


These represent findings from a current working paper. Authors display posters of their research, distribute their papers and are available to discuss and answer questions during the assigned poster session.

Submission of a Conference Paper

Title of Proposal

Abstract:  A description of the purpose, methods, and implications of your scholarly work.  This will be used to evaluate and place your work in the appropriate session.   If your paper is subsequently published as an article in the journal, this will serve as the Abstract (may be revised prior to publication).  Recommended length 150-200 words.

Keyword set: Keywords are used to organize presentations into appropriate sessions, so please choose words that clearly describe the main idea of your work. List only 5-8 keywords.

Knowledge Focus: Choose if your work has a Practice, Research, or Theory focus.

Theme Selection: Select the theme that best categorizes your work.  Theme selections will be used to begin the process of organizing presentations into sessions.  Proposals related to topics other than these themes may also be considered.

Biographical Information: organization or institution, position or title within the organization/institution, a short statement of interests.

Language: Please note that all proposals must be in English.

Submission of the Manuscript

Authors Guidelines (General Requirements)

All manuscript should be written in English language.
We only accept text files or files in doc format (such as from Microsoft Word). We do not accept PDF submissions.
Articles should be approximately 4,000-5,000 words in length. They should be written as a continuous expository narrative in a chapter or article style—not as lists of points or a PowerPoint presentation.
Please remember that the articles are to be published in a fully SOPHEN journal. This means that the style and structure of your text should be relatively formal.
Article submissions must contain no more than 30% of textual material published in other places by the same author or authors, and these other places must be acknowledged and cited; in other words, the remaining 70% of the article must be unique and original to your current submission.
Authors must ensure the accuracy of citations, quotations, diagrams, tables and maps.
Articles must have a minimum of five scholarly references.
Articles should be thoroughly checked and proofread before submission, both by the author and a critical editorial friend. After you have submitted your article you are unable to make any changes to it during the refereeing process, although if accepted, you will have a chance to make minor revisions after refereeing and before the final submission of your article.
In case of Acceptance, a manuscript should be submitted in Word file and should not exceed 12 pages.

Please use the following rule of text for your manuscript:
Title: 14 pts. Times New Roman
Abstract: 12 pts. Italic or Times New Roman
Paragraphs: 12 pts. Alignment left. Times New Roman
Text: 12 pts, single line, Times New Roman

References: Use APA style for references