To submit a paper to The International Journal of the Book you must first register to submit a proposal to the conference review committee for a In-Person or Virtual presentation at the Book Conference. For your work to be included in the journal the final version of your paper needs to be submitted for peer-review and accepted by the referees.

Please review the information on this page before you begin the Online Submission process.

Submission Deadlines 

The deadline for the next round Call for Papers is 5 October 2006.

Presentations accepted so far can be viewed in the Session Description area of this site.

Return to this page for subsequent rounds in the call for papers.

Presentation Formats  

In-person Presentations: The conference organising committee is currently inviting proposals to present 30 minute papers, 60 minute workshops, jointly presented 90 minute colloquium sessions, or Virtual submissions. These might describe ‘real world’ initiatives or they might be academic research papers.

Presenters may choose to submit their papers to the International Journal of Book at any time before the conference, and up until one month after the conference. Participants requiring full refereeing before the conference must submit their papers at least three months before the conference.

Plenary speakers may also submit their session details via the Online Submission Process on this page for inclusion in the conference program.

Only one proposal of any format can be accepted per registered presenter. This means that two proposals may be accepted in the case of two registered presenters in a joint presentation, so long as both presenters are registered to attend in person or as a Virtual participant.

For further information, contact the conference secretariat.


Description of Presentation Formats


    30 minute Presentation: 
    A conference session involving a 15 minute speaker presentation, followed by questions and answers. Allow 5 minutes within the 30 minute timeslot for people to move between rooms. If you would like a chair or facilitator for your session, the conference organisers suggest that you find a person to fulfil this role from amongst other conference participants. The chair’s role is to introduce the presenter/performer, keep the presentation within the 15 minute time limit and manage the question and answer session. Presenters may also chair their own sessions, but are requested to keep to this format. We recommend against reading whole papers, and suggest that handouts (20 or 30 copies - please bring these with you, as there are no photocopying facilities at the conference) and visual supports (data slides or overhead transparencies) to assist delivery. Multiple-authored presentations are welcome, though only one article can be submitted to the journal based on each presentation.

    60 minute Presentation:  
    A workshop, crafted panel, staged conversation, dialogue or debate. This is a conference session involving substantial interaction with the audience. It must not simply be a long paper - papers are for 30 minute sessions only. If you wish to submit an article to the journal based on a workshop session, it should be a single, jointly authored piece.

    90 minute Colloquium: 
    A conference session involving at least five registered participants (for instance, a chair or facilitator plus four or more presenters who present for no more than 15 minutes each). At least 15 minutes must be left for audience interaction. The conference committee does not organise these sessions. Presenters need to conceive and design the session and submit a proposal through the call for papers area on the conference website. Either a single article or multiple articles can be submitted to the journal based on the content of a colloquium session.


    Virtual Presentation: 
    A paper submitted without the presenter attending the conference in person, but eligible to be refereed and published (if accepted) in the journal. This does not involve a presentation in the conventional sense (e.g. via audio or video link), only a paper submission to The International Journal of the Book. The virtual presenter also joins the conference community as a referee, receives a complimentary online subscription to the journal and the conference and journal newsletter.

Presentation/Paper Focus: Practice, Research, Theory

Presentations and published papers may have a theory, research or practice focus:

Practice Focus:
A presentation or publication which describes innovative or exemplary practices or programs in the community, in workplaces, in education institutions and the like. This may take the form of case studies, narratives, demonstrations or technical reports. The outcomes of practice may be improved frameworks, concepts, understandings or structures, such as enhanced capacity through the development of skills, knowledge and operational effectiveness. This kind of work may involve putting theory and research into practice.

Research Focus:
A presentation or publication reporting upon original research, based on the systematic collection and analysis of data or facts. This kind of work may involve the application or testing of theory.

Theory Focus:
A presentation or publication which is broad and generalising in its emphasis, reflecting upon and systematically referenced against one or more bodies of literature or systems of thought.
Referees for presentation proposals and of submitted papers will base their assessment upon the kind of focus of a particular presentation or paper.

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