2017 Doctoral Workshop


RAILS 2017 is pleased to invite submissions from doctoral students in information studies or a related discipline to attend a Doctoral Workshop on the afternoon of Tuesday, 27 November 2017. The aim of the workshop is to provide a supportive environment where students can discuss their research and receive mentoring and advice from an international panel of senior researchers.

The doctoral workshop is open to students enrolled in a doctoral program in any RAILS cognate discipline (e.g. information science, information systems, librarianship, museum studies, archival science, records management). The workshop is included, at no additional cost, for students registered to attend RAILS 2017.

To be considered for this event, students must submit an abstract outlining their doctoral research, indicating the stage of their research that they are currently undertaking, and any particular challenges they are facing that they would like to seek advice about. Space in the workshop will be limited and, given the interactive nature of the workshop, students should be prepared to give a brief presentation about their research.

Prospective attendees should have written, or be close to completing, a thesis research proposal (or equivalent). It is desirable that the student is not so close to completion that the event would have little impact on their work. Before submitting, students should discuss this criteria with their supervisor.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to present a poster introducing their PhD work which will be on display during the RAILS Conference. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this, which will provide them with an opportunity to discuss their work with other conference attendees.

The workshop schedule will be finalised once the number of attendees has been determined. If there are any queries regarding submissions, please email Dr Diane Velasquez (diane.velasquez@unisa.edu.au).

Doctoral Workshop Submission Process

Abstracts of 500 words must be submitted through Easy Chair by Monday, 17 July 2017 have been extended to Tuesday, 15 August 2017 at 11:55 PMThese should provide a brief overview of the nature of the project (research problem, methodology/method, theoretical framework, etc.), a description of their intended poster and explain why they would benefit from participating in the event. Please see the Easy Chair Submission Instructions for details, prior to submitting your abstract to the system. Note in front of your title proper, please type these words: Doctoral Forum Criteria for Selection 

Submitted abstracts of 500 words should address the following criteria:

  • Proposed benefit to the student’s doctoral program (approx. 100 words);
  • Clear, coherent outline (abstract) of original research (200 words);
  • Outline of issues and challenges student wishes to discuss (100 words);
  • Description of the poster presentation to be provided in support of the work (approx. 100 words in addition to research outline)

Easy Chair Submission Instructions

Abstracts must be submitted via the EasyChair system.  To submit your abstract at EasyChair, please follow the steps below:

  1. Name and contact information for the workshop participant
  2. Title of work, include the words Doctoral Workshop immediately before your title
  3. Add 3 to 5 keywords
  4. Select poster in the Paper type
  5. Do not complete the abstract box available in the EasyChair template, instead
  6. Upload your abstract (500 words) for your proposed doctoral workshop contribution

Doctoral workshop abstracts (500 words) must be in PDF. References may also be included beyond the allowed 500 words.