Abstract Submission Criteria

British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Annual Conference 2017

Abstract submissions for 2017 are now closed. 

All abstracts are subjected to anonymous peer review and will be selected solely on quality. Authors will be notified whether their papers have been accepted into the programme imminently. For all papers accepted into the programme, it will be assumed that the presenter(s) will attend the full conference and the Conference Team reserves the right to schedule presentations accordingly. Presenters will be required to register by 30th April 2017. From this date, papers will be withdrawn from the programme where presenters have not registered.

For information on session formats, click here.

Type of Abstract Submission

Maximum Number of Words

Theatre Style Papers 400 words
IGNITE! 400 words
Workshops 400 words
Roundtables 400 words
Poster 400 words

 

References are not compulsory but must be included in the word count if you choose to include them.

Paper abstracts must report either completed research or projects where there is already completed data set to discuss. Reviewers will take this into account when assessing the suitability of papers for inclusion in the conference programme. Research in progress may be more suitable for a workshop.

How do we decide which abstract submissions get accepted?

Judgments will be made anonymously by rating each abstract submission against the criteria below.  Presenters are asked to think about opportunities for discussion and interactivity.

Grading

An average score will be calculated from the scores given by our team of reviewers.

Criteria for the various presentation formats

Theatre Style

  • Relevance of the topic to BELMAS members
  • Clarity of research question(s) and/or focus of enquiry
  • Appropriateness of research method(s)
  • Robustness of analytical and/or theoretical framework
  • Significance for educational practice, policy and/or theory

Roundtables

  • Relevance of the topic to BELMAS members
  • Clarity of the focus of the roundtable
  • Opportunities for participant interaction and discussion
  • Significance for developing new ideas in educational practice, policy and/or theory

Workshops

  • Relevance of the topic to BELMAS members
  • Clarity of the focus of the workshop
  • Opportunities for participant activity/activities and discussion
  • Significance for developing new ideas in educational practice, policy and/or theory

IGNITE!

  • Likely to stimulate debate
  • Relevance of the topic to BELMAS members
  • Can be presented in 5 minutes

Poster

    • Likely to stimulate debate
    • Relevance of the topic to BELMAS members
    • Suitability for static  poster display with author engagement

Questions

If you have any questions about our abstract submission criteria, please email us at info@belmas.org.uk.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submitting your abstract was 2nd December 2016.