Call for papers – RAILS 2016

  • Theme: Hono Tangata: Rangahaua kia mārama—Bridging the gap: From research to practice in information studies
  • Location: Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Conference Dates: 6–8 December 2016
  • Submission deadline: Monday, 15 August 2016 (originally Monday, 1 August 2016)
  • Acceptance notification: Friday, 16 September 2016

The 2016 RAILS conference will be hosted by the School of Information Management,  Victoria University of Wellington, and held at Victoria University of Wellington’s Pipitea Campus, Wellington, New Zealand, from 6–8 December 2016.

The conference will include

  • the Australasian Information Educators’ Symposium 2016 (AIES 2016) on the morning of Tuesday, 6 December;
  • a Doctoral Workshop on the afternoon of Tuesday, 6 December; and
  • the formal RAILS conference on Wednesday, 7 December and Thursday 8 December 2016.

RAILS 2016 will be followed by a one-day InterPARES International Symposium (https://interparestrust.org), also hosted by the School of Information Management.

Educators, research students and practitioners are encouraged to submit papers on the conference theme, ‘Hono Tangata: Rangahaua kia mārama—Bridging the gap:  From research to practice in information studies’, which focuses on building partnerships between researchers, practitioners, and educators to ensure that a culture of research-led, theoretically-informed, innovative practice is nurtured in the information studies field. Papers focusing on strengthening research practices in the field will also be considered. Proposals with a focus on professional or continuing education will be allocated to the AIES 2016 component of the conference.

Proposals for full papers (20 mins with 10 mins for Q&A) are invited, as well as panel discussions (30 minutes including Q &A) and  posters showcasing works in progress or completed research projects. Abstracts for AIES and RAILS should include implications for practice, and research-focused papers should identify key learnings for practice. The closing date for all submissions is extended to Monday, 15 August 2016 (originally Monday, 1 August 2016). Acceptance notifications will be Friday, 16 September 2016.

Full papers may be published as a supplement to Information Research, following review by members of the Conference committee.

All proposals as are to be submitted through the EasyChair system. If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Dr Brenda Chawner (brenda.chawner@vuw.ac.nz).

Full Papers

Paper submissions must include:

  1. Names and contact information for all contributors.
  2. Title of paper.
  3. Enter 3 to 5 keywords.
  4. Choose Full paper as the Paper type.
  5. Do not complete the abstract box available in the EasyChair template, instead please upload your extended abstract of up to 500 words in PDF format. References may be included, beyond the allowed 500 words.
  6. As all extended abstracts will be blind peer reviewed, please ensure that author names and affiliations do not appear on the submitted document.

Panel discussions

Panel discussion submissions must include:

  1. Names and contact information for all contributors.
  2. Title of panel discussion.
  3. Enter 3 to 5 keywords.
  4. Choose Panel discussion as the Paper type.
  5. An abstract or brief description of up to 250 words,  entered in the text box available in the template for abstracts.

Posters

Poster submissions must include:

  1. Names and contact information for all contributors
  2. Title of poster presentation
  3. Enter 3 to 5 keywords
  4. Choose Poster as the Paper type.
  5. An abstract or brief description of up to 250 words,  entered in the text box available in the template for abstracts