General Guidelines and Policies
Authors submitting to the AU International Conference in Business & Economics must adhere to the following code of ethics. A submission or a substantive portion of the submission
- Should not already be published in any journal or publication (including online journals, books and book chapters, and conference proceedings).
- Should not be simultaneously submitted to any other conference.
Submitting authors should specify who will present papers being considered for presentations at the Conference. An author can be listed as co-author on multiple submissions, but can be listed as a presenter for only one submission. (This policy is imposed to encourage authors to submit their best work and to promote a wider range of presenters.)
All submissions will be reviewed following a double-blind process overseen by the paper selection committee. Reviewers will not know the identity of the author(s) of the submitted work, nor will authors know the names of their reviewers. To assure a blind review, authors must avoid revealing their identities in the body or reference section of the paper. Authors should do the following:
- Do not include a front page with author-identifying information. Instead, fill in author information in the provided submission form (Word | PDF).
- Remove author identifying information from the document’s file properties. In Microsoft Word, this can be done by using/clicking on the "Properties" feature.
Authors of accepted papers have the option of publishing either an extended abstract or a full paper in the conference proceedings. (Choosing to publish an extended abstract gives authors the option to submit the paper elsewhere for publication after the conference.)
Types of Submission
There are two types of submission: paper presentation and poster session. Presenting the paper at the Conference allows authors to share their research to the community and solicit opinions from fellow researchers. These opinions are often helpful in anticipating comments from referees in journal reviewing process. As a result, the work submitted for a paper presentation should be completed and almost ready for submission to a journal.
On the other hand, the poster session provides an opportunity for authors to share a work-in-progress research project where at least part of the data have been collected and analyzed. The poster session can be useful to solicit opinions from more experienced researchers on how to progress effectively to complete the research project. Only graduate students can participate in the poster session at this Conference.
Submission for Paper Presentation
Abstract Submission. The authors are to submit an abstract of their work by December 15, 2018. (The authors can choose to submit a full paper instead of an abstract for consideration by the paper selection committee.) An abstract is a summary of the research work. The submitted abstract should be typed single-spaced in 12-point type Times New Roman in Microsoft Word file (*.doc or *.docx). The abstract should be within 1,000 words (excluding the tables, figures, and references) and clearly state
- The title of the work
- The research question and the motivation behind it (e.g. gap in the literature or recent new business/policy environment)
- The conceptual framework, methods and data used (if applicable) to enable the reader to understand what was done and why the chosen methods and data will help answer the research question
- Summary of findings (or expected findings)
- Conclusion and (expected) key contributions to the academic, industry or policy making community.
Full Paper Submission. The authors whose work has been accepted to be presented at the Conference by the paper selection committee are to submit a full paper of their work by February 22, 2019. The submitted full paper should be typed single-spaced in 12-point type Times New Roman in Microsoft Word file (*.doc or *.docx). The paper should be within 15 pages (excluding the tables, figures and references) and within 35 pages in total, clearly state similar items as the abstract submitted earlier but in more details as well as provide a list of references. The full paper model/template used in the Conference can be found here.
The full paper will be reviewed by the paper selection committee for the Conference’s Best Paper Prize as well as a chance to be recommended for publication at the journals affiliated with the Conference.
Submission for Poster Session
Only graduate students can participate in the poster session. The authors are to submit an abstract of their work by December 15, 2018. (The authors can choose to submit a full paper instead of an abstract for consideration by the paper selection committee.)
The authors submitting for the poster session are not expected to submit a full paper to the paper selection committee like those submitting for a paper presentation. However, they are expected to add to their poster the progress in their research work after the submission of abstract. The abstract (or full paper) along with the poster will be reviewed by the paper selection committee for the Conference’s Best Poster Prize.