Submit Papers, Posters, and Symposia

ISLS Annual Meeting 2021
Reflecting the Past and Embracing the Future
Bochum, Germany, June 7-11

Call for Submissions

Please submit your proposal until November 13, 2020 to:
https://isls2021.exordo.com (Submission Closed)

New conference format

Authors have to make a choice as to which one of the programs they target: CSCL or LS. Submitting the same work to both programs is not allowed. The two programs have different program chairs and committees of reviewers. Double submissions will be rejected without review. However, a single research group might send different submissions to both programs based on an emphasis on distinct aspects of the overall project. Each of these submissions must represent substantially different work. The choice between the two programs is not determined by strict rules; it will and should have a subjective ingredient based on the intended subcommunity interactions and recognition in the authors’ home discipline. Submitters who are unsure where to submit their papers can contact the program chairs: [email protected]

Papers, posters, and symposia

ISLS 2021 will offer a variety of publication formats, including full papers, short papers, posters, and symposia. Full papers are limited to 8 pages; short papers are limited to 4 pages; poster abstracts are limited to 2 pages, and symposium proposals are limited to 8 pages. Submissions must follow the formatting instructions of their respective submission category. All proposals will be subjected to peer review by an international program committee. This Program Committee reserves the right to determine whether a submitted paper is accepted for presentation as a long paper, short paper, or poster.

Full papers (8 pages)

Full papers are for mature work, requiring lengthy explanations of the conceptual background, methodology and data and analysis. Full paper submissions should state: (a) the major issue(s) addressed, (b) potential significance of the work, (c) the theoretical and methodological approach(es) pursued, (d) major findings, conclusions, implications, and (e) relevant scholarly references.

Short papers (4 pages)

Short papers are for work that has the potential for significant contributions, but that is still in progress, of smaller scale, or that can be reported briefly. Although the same general criteria apply as for full papers, it will be reviewed as a work in progress.

Posters (2 pages)

Posters are for work that is in early stages and for novel and promising ideas. The two-page abstract should identify the aspect of the work that will likely lead to productive discussions with conference participants in a poster session, including figures as visual support.

Symposia (8 pages)

Symposia are for conveying larger ideas or results about a specific issue. Discussion among members of the symposium and with the audience should be moderated to focus on certain positions or controversies. It is not sufficient for a symposium to simply be a set of related papers, such as papers from a specific research group. Rather, symposia proposals will be evaluated on their capacity to address large issues of interest to the LS or CSCL community.

A clear description should be provided of:

  • The overall focus of the symposium
  • The major issues addressed, or overarching or integrative points illustrated by the collective work
  • How the collective presentations contribute towards the issues or points raised
  • The significance of the contributions
  • Separate brief descriptions of the content of each presentation should be included in the 8-page submission

Submission instructions:

To prepare your submission, please use:
ISLS Author Guidelines
ISLS Template
ISLS Submission Tips

Please note that papers and posters will be reviewed blind. Please prepare your papers accordingly and see the ISLS Template for suggestions. Symposia will NOT be blind reviewed, so please include author information in the proposal, thanks.

Important Dates

November 13 2020

Submission Deadline for Papers, Posters, and Symposia – (Submission Closed)

Submission deadline @11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8)
January 12 2021

Deadline for Proposing Pre-Conference Workshops and Tutorials, for Applying for Doctoral Consortium, & Proposing Interactive Tools and Demos (Submission Closed)

Submission deadline @11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8)
January 19 2021

Deadline for applying for Early Career Workshop (extended)

Submission deadline @11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8)
January 26 2021

Deadline for applying for Mid Career Workshop (extended)

Submission deadline @11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8)
February 20 2021

Notification of acceptance

For papers, posters, symposia, pre-conference workshops and tutorials, Interactive Tools & Demos, Doctoral Consortium, Early Career and Mid Career Workshop
March 8 2021

Camera ready submission deadline

For the final poster, short & long papers, and symposia for publication in conference proceedings
June 7 2021


June 7 – 11 2021