InSITE 2021: Informing Science + IT Education Conferences

Jul 6 - 7 2021, Online 

Article Submission Guidelines

Article submission period: 1 Sep 2020 - 1 Jul 2021.

These are the basic submission types:

  1. Full research submissions: Papers or research in progress that you would like to present at the conference and which, if accepted, will appear in the conference proceedings. These will go through a regular peer review process. Indicate if you prefer your research to be considered empirical or qualitative.
  2. Research-in-Progress: An opportunity to present research that is normally in-progress, at or before the proposal phase. These submissions will be screened by the program committee. When you submit your research-in-progress paper, start its title with [Research-in-Progress].
  3. Practical and Discussion: Similar to a Research-in-Progress paper, you may submit a practical paper or a discussion paper.  This provides you with the opportunity to present and showcase your thoughts and ideas for review. These submissions will be screened by the program committee. When you submit your paper, start its title with [PRACTICAL PAPER] or [DISCUSSION PAPER].
  4. Abstract Only.  You may submit a full paper or a partial paper (even just an extended abstract) and specify that you wish only the abstract to be published if accepted.  When you submit your paper, start its title with [ABSTRACT ONLY].  These submissions will be reviewed by an executive review.

    The formatting guidelines below apply most directly to these types of papers.  We are also soliciting posters, panels, and workshops.
  5. Poster submissions: Submissions in the form of a 24″ x 36″ poster that will be mounted for a poster session. These will be editorially screened, with the expectation that most will be accepted. When you submit your poster proposal, start its title with [POSTER].  
  6. Panels and workshops: Interactive sessions dealing with subjects likely to of interest to conference participants. Panels consist of multiple presenters whereas workshops are expected to be more tutorial in nature. When you submit your panel or workshop proposal, start its title with [PANEL] or [WORKSHOP].

For posters, panels, and workshops, submit a  brief description of what you propose.

Authors submit their manuscripts electronically using the submission and review system. All manuscripts must be the authors' original, unpublished work. The manuscript must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere and may not be submitted elsewhere while under review.

No Financial Support Available for Delegates from the Informing Science Institute.

Do not submit a paper if you need the conference to provide financial support. The conference has no resources to support any delegate. Generous donations from sponsors have already reduced the conference registration fee for all delegates. All delegates must secure their own funding to attend the conference, including travel (unless the paper will be presented "virtually") and conference registration fee.

Manuscript May Not Be Under Review or Copyrighted

By submitting an article to InSITE 2021: Informing Science + IT Education Conferences, the submitter stipulates that the submitter is the author of the manuscript, that it has not accepted for publication and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that the submitter will not submit it for publication elsewhere while the submission is still under consideration by any journal or conference. The Informing Science Institute considers violations of this stipulation as serious professional misconduct and will impose professional sanctions. The ISI will contact the authors' supervisors in cases of serious violations. Submissions that build on earlier work are welcome so long as they contain new or refined ideas and that the earlier works upon which this paper is built are acknowledged and cited.  View a fuller statement of these ethical standards

Check ISI Journals for Current Relevant Research

Be sure that your submission benefits from relevant current research by checking at or Enter keywords for your research into the search box to see to determine if there is current research that can strengthen your submission.

Tips for Organizing a Paper

Commonly papers consist of the following sections: an abstract or executive summary, an introduction, a background or literature review, presentation of the main contribution of this paper, methodology, findings, discussion, limitations, and conclusions.

See below for more detail:


We use a structured abstract that is formatted as a table. Note that you are to include just a sentence or two for each section.



[In a sentence or two, explain the need for this paper. What is the problem?]


[Explain in a sentence or two in what way does this paper address the problem?]


[Mention for the reader the methods used in the paper.
Briefly describe any research sample.]


[How does this paper contribute to the body of knowledge?]


[List the paper’s major findings]

for Practitioners

[Enter any recommendations for practitioners]

for Researchers

[Enter recommendations your paper makes for researchers]

Impact on Society

[What are the larger implications of the paper’s findings?]

Future Research

[Now that this paper has advanced your understanding, what research should follow]


Place three or more keywords here, separated by commas


To enable searches in databases, include all the keywords of your research here, as well as in the list of keywords.


Papers begin with an introduction that lays the groundwork for why the paper that follows is important. The introduction section introduces the research by presenting its context or background and explaining the purpose of this paper. This section often includes the definition of relevant terms, a literature review, any hypotheses, and how this paper differs from other studies or papers on this topic.

Body of the paper

The body of the paper often includes the following:

  • Design/methodology/approach
  • Findings/Results
  • Practical implications
  • Include any limitations of the paper here.

Include how the paper advances research in this area. What is unique about it? End with a statement that sums up the conclusion of the paper.

APA Style References

Papers are to follow the APA style for formatting references (except that you need to provide full URL for access, whenever available). A summary of these guidelines can be found here. All works cited within the paper must be included in the References list at the end of the paper, and all works in the References list must be cited in the paper.

Expected Length of Paper

Typically papers are longer than 8 pages. There are no regulations on length; however, it would be exceptional for an article to exceed 20,000 words. In this case, the author would need to justify the extra length. The paper length should as short as possible to fully convey the topic of the paper. Do not add "fluff" or feel the need to cite the obvious. Do have your paper explain issues that may not be familiar to readers from disciplines other than your own.

Article Formatting Instructions

Format for Original Submission

Submissions are to be in Microsoft Word (.doc, docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Files in LaTex or PDF cannot be accepted. Since all submitted manuscripts are subject to "double" blind review (authors don't know the reviewers and reviewers don't know the authors), you must remove any identifying information (name, affiliation, etc.) from the paper prior to submission. Information regarding authors is collected by the system on the manuscript submission form.

If you use Microsoft Word, take off your identifying information from the file properties by clicking: File, Properties and deleting all identifying information.

While there are no strict format guidelines for original submissions, it is helpful to look at the format for accepted papers when preparing your paper for submission. All papers are to be written in English. While US spelling is preferable, other versions of English are acceptable so long as the verbiage is consistent. If you are not fluent in English, you may find this link helpful:

Final Formatting Instructions for Accepted Papers

When your InSITE 2021: Informing Science + IT Education Conferences paper is accepted for publication, you will be required to re-submit the final, formatted copy of your paper. The formatting guidelines for accepted papers can be found here.

Be sure to include authors' biographical sketches and photos at the end of the paper, as shown in the template.

Unless you received instructions to the contrary, you will be unloading two files are as follows:

1. a document file in which you describe how your revised paper addresses the issues raised by the reviewers, and

2. your revised, correctly formatted paper that has been formatted according to guidelines found above.

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