Submission Criteria

The Call for Abstracts for BELMAS Annual Conference 2018 is now closed.
All abstracts are subjected to anonymous peer review and will be selected solely on merit. 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 2018. From this date, papers will be withdrawn from the programme where presenters have not registered.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.

Abstracts should fall into one of the categories below:

  1. Addresses completed research with outcomes
  2. Addresses project where there is already completed data set to discuss
  3. Offers critical discourse analysis in educational research and/or provides a critical review of issues
  4. Advances understanding of practice within the context of education policy and sustainability.

Reviewers will take this into account when assessing the suitability of papers for inclusion in the conference programme. We are particularly interested in papers related to the conference theme but are also interested in other papers.


How do we decide which abstract submissions get accepted?

All abstracts will be assessed against the following criteria:

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



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


Submission Deadline

The deadline for submitting your abstract was 31st December 2017.



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