Call for Papers

Submit Abstract Here

The conference committee invites expressions of interest from editors, indexers and other publishing professionals, researchers, students and associates to present ideas, topics and debates related to editorial practice and the business of editing and publishing.

Expressions of interest (up to 250 words) must be submitted online by midnight on 30 November 2018.

All submissions will undergo formal review, and the conference committee reserves the right to select papers appropriate to the program.


You will be able to submit an abstract for one of the following presentation types:

  • Oral
  • Poster
  • Panel
  • Symposium


The themes/topic areas for the conference are:

  • Best practice/innovative practices in editing and publishing
  • Fads, trends and emerging directions in editing and publishing
  • Research relevant to editing and publishing
  • Editing across platforms – print, electronic, online, audiovisual and other formats
  • Trends in information and communications technologies
  • Editing for accessibility
  • Editing within and across genres
  • Editing in education
  • Academic editing
  • Ethics in editing
  • Translation, reversioning and ghost writing: ethical and practical considerations for editors
  • Professional practice and professional development
  • Managing and marketing your small business for success
  • Wellbeing and occupational health and safety for editors
  • Editors as readers: for the love of words.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and if possible presented as follows:

  • Introduction/background
  • Methods/methodological approach
  • Results/findings
  • Conclusion

Terms and Conditions

Please note the following terms and conditions of submission:

  1. All authors must be listed in order of contribution, along with their organisation/affiliation.
  2. The submitting author must be the presenting author – i.e. you cannot submit on behalf of someone else.
  3. The presenting author must be registered for the full day of the presentation and must attend in person.
  4. Presentations (including posters) will not be accepted without a presenting author.
  5. Once accepted, abstracts will be published as submitted, so do ensure your abstract is edited and proofread for accuracy, grammar and spelling.
  6. All submissions will undergo formal review, and the conference committee reserves the right to select papers appropriate to the program.
  7. Invitations to present will be forwarded to the submitting author prior to the closure of Early Bird registrations, along with a reminder to register.

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Call for Papers Q&A

Q. The call for papers seems very focused on academic/research presentations. What gives?
A. Some presentations might be ‘academic’ in style but they are not required to be so – there isn’t a lot of research on editing and publishing (in Australia, at least), so the pool for presentation on research is pretty limited. The long and short oral presentations we are inviting for the conference are designed to provide an overview of a given topic or issue, as well as inspiration, food for thought and discussion points.

Q. A long presentation is approximately 20 minutes – can I present a longer paper or workshop with practical tips for practising editors?
A. Longer, no – but depending on the submissions we receive, it is possible that we will be able to offer a block of 3-4 presentations together (by different presenters) on a particular stream or topic (e.g. on-screen editing).

Q. Will there be workshops?
A. Yes! We will be offering 6 half-day, pre-conference workshops on 8 May. These commissioned workshops will cover ‘how-to’ and practice issues in depth, providing opportunities for activities and exercises so participants might gain some practical skills.

Q. What’s a symposium session?
A. A symposium is like a mini-conference within the conference, in which a convenor or facilitator gathers 3–4 people to present on a given topic (or different aspects of that topic) and then facilitates a discussion between those presenters and the audience. Another way to think of it is as an extended panel session. We might allow for up to 45 minutes for such a session.

Q. What’s a poster session?
A. A poster presentation is a large poster (1 metre x 1 metre approx.) designed for display of a particular idea, argument, theory, project or study. It’s very popular at scientific conferences and a great testing ground for students, but it does not have to be ‘academic’ or boring – see here and here for examples, templates and tips on how to create and present a poster with confidence.

We will host a guided tour during the lunch breaks, so presenters can stand beside their poster and give a 1–2 minute overview and take questions. This option might interest people who have an idea they want to share but feel it’s not yet ready to develop into a longer paper/presentation, or those who aren’t confident enough (yet) to stand up on a podium in front of hundreds of people. Poster sessions can be relaxed and a lot of fun, depending on the topics presented.

Q. Do I have to use PowerPoint?
A. It is not necessary to use MS PowerPoint (or any other electronic presentation) to accompany your presentation, but many people use them as an aid – with dot points, graphs, photographs and other items to highlight important points.