Guidelines for submission of abstracts

Please note that we have added a second phase for abstract submission, and we will be accepting submissions up until 1 June 2020. All papers received in the first phase will now be sent out for peer review. All presenters must submit an abstract, whether they plan on submitting a full paper or not.

Abstracts will be reviewed to evaluate the suitability of the research for inclusion in the conference programme, and authors will receive qualitative feedback on their abstracts. The first round of abstract reviews evaluates suitability for the conference and provides formative feedback to help authors develop their work into a strong submission.

Selected submissions will be invited to submit a full paper, based on the abstract, which will form part of the conference proceedings. Full papers will be reviewed separately after the initial abstract review process.

Abstracts should be 250-500 words (1-2 pages), and should include enough detail of the research motivation, approach and findings, in order to make an informed decision on the quality and suitability of the research. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, so do not include names or affiliations in your abstract.

Where appropriate/applicable to the work, the abstract should include:

  • Rationale: background and motivation for the work
  • Scope: purpose and significance of contribution
  • Methodology: approach to the work, including research design, where appropriate
  • Findings: key results and conclusions

The following aspects of the abstracts will be considered by the reviewers:

  • How interesting and significant is the research to the engineering education community? Is the need for the research conveyed by the author(s)?
  • Is the approach chosen appropriate? If applicable, are the methods clearly explicated? Is there an alignment between the theoretical/conceptual background, methods, and findings?
  • How convincing are the findings and conclusions? Can you substantiate your findings?
  • How clearly is the research communicated? Is the abstract easy to read and understand?

Process for submission of abstracts and full papers

Paper submission is a two-step review process, consisting of an abstract submission, review and potential acceptance, followed by a full paper submission, review and potential acceptance. No full papers may be submitted without going through the abstract review phase.
Abstracts will be reviewed to evaluate the suitability of the research for inclusion in the conference programme, and authors will receive qualitative feedback on their abstracts. The double blind abstract review round evaluates suitability for the conference and provides formative feedback to help authors develop their work into a strong submission.
Selected submissions will be invited to submit a full paper, based on the abstract. In a second round of double-blind peer review. The full papers will be reviewed and only accepted full papers will form part of the conference proceedings. Authors may choose to present based only on the abstract, and not to submit a full paper, but then their presentation will not form part of the proceedings.
At least one author for each accepted paper is required to register for and present the paper at the conference. Papers for which no author has registered will not be included in the conference program. Papers which are not presented at the conference will not be included in the conference proceedings. Each registration allows the presentation of no more than two papers.
If you have any questions, please email us at papers@weefgedc2020.org

Submission deadlines:

 Accepted peer-reviewed full conference papers which are presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore.

A selection of conference papers will be given the opportunity to be upgraded for a special edition of the SAIEE Africa Research Journal, which will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore.

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