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Include Conference

Invitation to submit abstracts

We invite abstract submissions for academic papers and posters to our Include 2022: Unheard Voices global conference.

Submitting an abstract

Everyone wishing to present their work to the conference must submit an abstract describing the proposed work. Abstracts must be:

  • No longer than 300 words
  • Anonymised for peer-review, i.e., please edit out author names, institutional affiliations, project partner names and any other descriptors that may make you identifiable as the author(s) of the publication
  • Of high academic standard, both in terms of scholarly quality and use of English language.

Submission types

  1. Academic papers
  2. Posters

Academic research papers

Papers should address one of the Submission Tracks and should be of high scholarly quality with correct use of English language. We welcome a wide range of research submissions, including critical literature reviews and empirical, theoretical or conceptual papers. In all cases concepts and underlying principles should be defined, with relevant background information that will aid the understanding of other researchers and readers. If data is presented from primary research, e.g., patient interview data, ethical clearance and considerations should be clearly presented.

The work should not have been published elsewhere and should not be intended to be published elsewhere once accepted for inclusion to the conference. Full paper submissions should be between 2,500 and 3,000 words maximum, excluding the abstract and references.

All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed.

Posters

We invite poster submissions of design projects and research that are currently underway or recently completed. In the first instance you must submit an abstract of not more than 300 words describing the poster relating to one of the submission tracks.

If your abstract is selected you will be sent a template and further guidance on how to produce your poster. Presentation of the poster at conference will also include a 3-minute video recording which will be hosted within a dedicated space on the conference platform. Posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference and there will be an allocated slot for contributors to present their posters virtually, so that conference participants have an opportunity to discuss the project with you. Participants will vote for the best poster and a prize will be given for the poster receiving the highest number of votes.

Multiple submissions

You are allowed to submit more than one contribution, however we remind you that authors are expected to present their submissions online and participate in a Q&A discussion at the end of the track session. We therefore encourage you to limit the number of submissions, to avoid a clash in presentation times between concurrent sessions.

Peer review process

Each abstract will be assessed by the Include 2022 peer-review committee. If successful, you will be invited to submit a paper/poster accordingly.

  • The committee will meet to review and discuss all abstracts received. Authors will receive notification of the decision thereafter.
  • Authors whose abstract has been accepted for publication will receive further guidance regarding full submission.
  • For authors who are not fully proficient in English, we request that you have your work proof-read prior to submission by a native / fluent English speaker, or use an English language editing service.
  • If an accepted submission is made by multiple authors, at least one author must register for and attend the conference in order for the submission to be included.
  • A maximum of two papers are accepted for publication and presentation by the same author under a single registration fee.

All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Authors should not be identified in the body of the paper or extended summary. Authors should be referred to in the text or notes in the third person only. Submission without anonymising your contribution and affiliation is subject to rejection.

Submission tracks

We recommend that you first read the Calls for Academic Research papers and Posters before you select one or more Submission Track(s) for your work. The six submission tracks are:

  • Track 1: Age and diversity
    (accessibility, designing across the life stages, neurodiversity, hidden disabilities, design for independent living)
  • Track 2: Health and wellbeing
    (pandemic response, humanising healthcare, future of healthcare, community and public health, mental health and wellbeing)
  • Track 3: Design for social impact
    (design for policy, Community design, sustainability, sanitation, global innovation)
  • Track 4: Design value and business impact
    (inclusive innovation, design management, design value and impact, design for organisational transformation, knowledge transfer, design leadership, future of work)
  • Track 5: Inclusive design applications
    (technology, architecture and built environment, fashion, product design, service design, mobility, banking, etc.)
  • Track 6: Inclusive design: theory and practice
    (design thinking, systems design, theoretical frameworks, design futures, design education, etc.)

Key Dates

  • 11 May 2022 (midnight BST)
    Deadline for abstract submission for paper / poster presentation (300 words). Due to a technical glitch we have extended the deadline to Wednesday, 11 May.

  • 20 May 2022
    Notification of accepted abstracts

  • 30 June 2022
    Submission of full paper / poster

  • 18 July 2022
    Notification of full paper / poster acceptance and corrections

  • 31 July 2022
    Final submission of camera ready copy of the paper / poster

  • 31 August 2022
    Poster submission to the conference portal

  • 22 & 23 September 2022
    Conference

How to submit

Each academic paper submitted must address one of the tracks listed in the Submission Tracks section. In all cases concepts and underlying principles should be defined, with relevant background information that will aid the understanding of other researchers and readers. If data is presented from primary research, e.g., patient interview data, ethical clearance and considerations should be clearly presented.

The work should not have been published elsewhere and should not be intended to be published elsewhere once accepted for inclusion at the conference. The length of the papers should be between 2,500 and 3,000 words max, excluding the abstract and references.

In the first instance anyone who wishes to submit their work to the conference must submit an abstract describing the proposed paper. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and of a high standard of scholarship and quality of English.

After the abstracts have been assessed by the peer-review committee, authors will be informed whether their abstract has been selected for paper submission, or not. Authors whose submission has been selected will receive an email with instructions outlining final submission process, guidelines and format template.

Full Papers must be between 2500 and 3000 words in length excluding the abstract and references, and will be of a high standard of scholarship and clarity in terms of outlining the research questions and intent, establishing context, describing and explaining methods of enquiry, and reporting insights, results and contribution to knowledge.

All abstracts and papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Authors should not be identified in the body of the paper or extended summary. Authors should be referred to in the text or notes in the third person only. Submission without anonymising your contribution and affiliation is subject to rejection.

Acceptance for presentation in the conference will be confirmed by 18 July 2022. The final version of the full paper must be uploaded to the conference management platform by 31 July 2022 for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings.

Should your abstract be deemed more suitable for the poster sessions of the conference, you may be invited to submit it as a poster instead, and further guidelines will be provided.

Submit your Abstract

Please submit your abstract via the Oxford Abstract platform.

Key Dates

  • 11 May 2022
    Abstract submission deadline (anonymised for double-blind peer-review).

  • 20 May 2022
    Notification of selection status

  • 30 June 2022
    Full paper submission deadline (anonymised for double-blind peer-review)

  • 5 July 2022
    Confirmation of acceptance of paper for presentation at the conference

  • 31 July 2022
    Submission of final version of the paper (camera-ready version for publication in the conference proceedings)

In the first instance you must submit an abstract of not more than 300 words describing the poster relating to one of the Submission Tracks.

Poster abstract submissions should be written to the same publishable standards of an academic research paper abstract.

After the abstracts have been assessed by the peer-review committee, authors will be informed whether their poster has been selected for presentation, or not. Authors whose submission has been selected will receive an email with instructions outlining final submission process, guidelines and format.

All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Authors should not be identified in the body of the paper or extended summary. Authors should be referred to in the text or notes in the third person only. Submission without anonymising your contribution and affiliation is subject to rejection.

Posters will have a dedicated section on the Include 2022 conference platform, where you will be able to present your work and connect with the conference delegates. You will be asked to record and upload a three-minute presentation of your poster which will be available to all attendees. Additionally, you will be able to upload your poster, as well as curate the space with an institutional logo, images and further links to the work.

There will be dedicated time slots for the poster sessions. You will be able to engage with the delegates via a chat function, or via a dedicated room, e.g, via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Participants will be asked to vote for the best poster and a prize will be given for the poster receiving the highest number of votes.

Submit your Poster

Please submit your poster via the Oxford Abstract platform.

Key Dates

  • 11 May 2022
    Abstract submission deadline -(anonymised for double-blind peer-review)

  • 20 May 2022
    Notification of selection status

  • 30 June 2022
    Full poster submission deadline -(anonymised for double-blind peer-review)

  • 18 July 2022
    Confirmation of acceptance of poster for presentation at the conference

  • 31 July 2022
    Submission of final version of the paper (camera-ready version for publication in the conference proceedings)

  • 31 August 2022
    Poster submission to the conference portal, including video presentation, images, etc.

Include 2022

Include Conference

Include 2022

Include is a global conference that focuses on inclusive design and its people-centred, creative approaches. It is hosted by The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art.