We invite proposals for individual papers, symposia, or posters. The language of the conference is English, and all submissions are required to be in English. Proposals must be in the form of a complete narrative article, whether the underlying research is still in progress or presented as a final version. Power point slides, summary tables, abstracts alone, or proposals to write a paper will not be considered. Submissions may have more than one author, and authors are welcome to submit more than one proposal.

Each submitted proposal should be less than 2000 words in length (including the abstract, but excluding references and graphic elements). The proposal should include a title (no more than 15 words) and a short abstract (of no more than 400 words).

Proposal guideline

Each proposal should include the following sections:

  • An abstract (approximately 400 words), briefly explaining the study context, the main aim(s), findings and key conclusion(s) (this must not contain references)
  • An introduction, outlining the objective/purpose, educational or academic significance of research, perspectives and/or theoretical framework
  • Data sources, methods, statistical techniques, and/or modes of inquiry
  • Results and discussion
  • Conclusions and/or point of view

Symposia proposals must be submitted by one coordinating author. Proposals should recommend a suitable symposium chair(s) and discussant(s), and include a clear rationale and aim(s) for the symposium. The symposium coordinator is in charge of submitting the symposium title and the abstract for the whole symposium, as well as providing the names and contacts details of all symposium authors. Please ensure to provide the abstracts of all the papers making up the symposium and make sure to list the title of the symposium first, then a dash (-), and lastly the title of the individual paper.

Please ensure that all symposium authors attending the conference are registered for participation in the system prior to the deadline of 21 September, 2021.

Authors should clearly highlight the scholarly/scientific significance of their contributions. Please prepare your proposal for anonymous review by removing any reference to the author(s). Only submissions in PDF format will be accepted. For further information about conference submission requirements, please consult the guidelines for authors.

Online submission

To submit a proposal via the online submission system you will have to create a user account. Please create only one account and keep your username (which is your email address) and password safe. The same account will be used for proposal(s) submission, accessing the review results, and subsequent registration for the conference.

Once you have logged into the system, you will have the opportunity to upload, review, and update your proposal at any time before the submission deadline (11 April 2021). Please don’t forget to indicate which author will be presenting the submitted paper or poster contribution at the conference.

Review criteria

Each proposal will be reviewed anonymously by two or three reviewers. Submissions will be assessed for their relevance to the purpose of the conference and their quality, according to the following criteria:

  • clarity of research purpose and theoretical framework
  • appropriateness of statistical techniques/analysis
  • reference to and use of data sources
  • presentation and interpretation of results
  • significance and originality of research
  • organization, structure, and language of proposal.

Please keep in mind that proposals that are completely unrelated to IEA studies, are overly general or lack required information are likely to be rejected. It is important to be as precise and clear as possible when describing your research so that the reviewers are able to evaluate its merits.

Final abstracts

If your proposal has been accepted, please address any suggestions made by the reviewers, before you present your contribution at the conference. At the conference you will have about 15-20 minutes time for your presentation.

You do not have to upload a final contribution within the submission system.

You will however have the opportunity to update the final abstract (maximum of 400 words) of your contribution until 21 September 2021. Abstracts of all accepted contributions will be included within the IEA IRC conference program.

In addition to submitting your final abstract, please remember to register as a conference participant. All presenting authors must register for the conference before 21 September 2021.

Constantinos Papanastasiou Poster Prize

IEA awards a poster prize for the best poster submitted, in memory and recognition of Professor Papanastasiou’s enthusiastic long-term contributions to building and supporting the educational research community we enjoy today.

Posters will be judged based on their technical content, design clarity and visual appeal. 

Posters must present research work that is less than two years old. As space is limited, posters will be selected for display at the conference based on the overall quality of the proposal and relevance to the conference. Multiple authors are possible, and authors may submit more than one poster, but at least one individual must plan to be registered to attend the conference and available to answer any questions that may be posed by the judging panel. In planning the final poster, please note that the poster should be no more than A1 size in format (594 mm x 841 mm). Similarly, anything significantly smaller than this size will not be considered. Shortlisted proposals will receive more detailed information closer to the conference. 

Authors are responsible for printing and transporting their poster to the conference,and are encouraged to provide a few A4 copies of the poster for distribution to interested delegates.