DSA2019: Opening up Development
The Open University, Milton Keynes, 19-21 June
Call for papers
The call for papers has now CLOSED.
Proposing a paper
All proposals must be made via the online form, not by email. Proposals must be made to a specific panel. There is a 'propose a paper' link beneath the long abstract of each panel page.
Paper proposals must consist of:
- a paper title
- the name/s and email address/es of author/s
- a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
- a long abstract of fewer than 250 words
While papers directly addressing the conference theme and panel abstracts are particularly encouraged, proposals on any issue relevant to the understanding of international development are welcomed. All "paper" panels and "experimental" panels are open to paper or other format proposals through the website. Panels taking a "roundtable" format are not open to paper proposals. There is no general panel this year, so you will have to propose your paper to an existing panel. The format of the panel (paper, experimental or roundtable) is marked in parentheses at the end of the panel title.
On submission of the proposal, the proposing author (but not the co-authors) will receive an automated email confirming receipt. If you do not receive this email, please first check the login environment (the head icon) to see if your proposal is there. If it is, it simply means your confirmation email got spammed/lost; if it is not, you will need to re-submit, as for some reason the process was not completed. Co-authors cannot be added/removed nor can papers be withdrawn by the proposers themselves – for that, please email us (address in the footer).
Proposals will be marked as pending until the end of the call for papers (16/01/2019). Convenors will then be asked to make their decisions over the papers proposed to their panel by the 28th January and to communicate those to the proposers, marking them up within the login environment. Papers which are neither accepted nor rejected, but marked for 'transfer', will be given the possibility of finding a place in another panel, when and where possible. The successful transfer of all papers cannot be guaranteed.
- Paper-presenters may be students
- Convenors may also present a paper during the conference, either in their own panel or another.
- Due to the 'competition for time' within such a conference, colleagues are allowed to convene no more than one panel and present only one paper during the conference.
- This does not prevent you from making multiple proposals, but in the case of multiple acceptances we will ask you to make a choice
- In brief, each participant may convene one panel, present one paper, chair one panel and be discussant in one panel.
- Paper presenters need not be members of the association. However, the DSA welcomes new members. Members of the association can register for the conference at a discounted fee.
Useful information for later in this process
Editing your paper
Paper authors can use the login link in the toolbar above (the head icon) to edit their proposals.
Pre-circulation of papers
The DSA has no rule about this but many convenors are keen to pre-circulate completed papers. To facilitate this and save on loads of email traffic, authors can upload a PDF of their paper within Cocoa (online environment), and it will then show as a downloadable file beneath their abstract on the public panel page on this site. It is your choice whether you instruct your presenters to make use of this.
Length of panels
Panels may run over one or two 90-minute panel sessions, each of which may hold up to four papers. After the call for papers is over, the conference administrator will contact convenors, to agree how many sessions can be allotted to specific panels. This will be based on the number of paper proposals received, and the desires of the convenors. Some compromise may be required due to the overwhelming response to this conference call and the time/space constraints thus faced. We ask that convenors do not accept any papers before the call for papers ends.
Timing of presentations
How time is allocated in panel sessions is largely up to the convenors. The DSA norm is to allot each presenter a maximum of 20 minutes (for presentation and questions/discussion). The key is to respect the fact that many presenters have travelled a long way in order to be able to contribute and clearly need time to set out their argument.
This said, the conference convenors are keen to involve the wider community of colleagues working in the realm of policy and practice, and so welcome sessions arranged in other formats that would generate exciting discussion and exchange of ideas. These other formats should be described in the long abstract.
We are unable to represent specific intra-panel timings in our programme. Delegates reading the conference book will have to work on the assumption that papers will be evenly distributed through the panel. Clearly you may wish to amalgamate discussion time, but where possible please try to stick to this even distribution.
Communication between authors/convenors
Convenor/author email addresses are not shown on the panel pages for anti-spam and privacy reasons. However, there is an in-built secure email messaging system. If you cannot work that, please email us to obtain the relevant email addresses.
Any queries with the above, please email conference(at)devstud.org.uk.