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Submission Guidelines

The following procedures and policies must be adhered to. Failure to follow these policies will result in submissions being removed from consideration.

  • Submission is open to CIES members and non-membe Any CIES member or non-member may advance a submission to any SIG or committee regardless of CIES membership or membership in a specific SIG or committee.
  • Submissions are accessible online at cies2023.org. Click Submit Now in the official website of CIES 2023 and follow its instructions to finish all steps of your submission in All Academic.
  • Submission period. The Online Submission System opens on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, and closes on Monday, August 8, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time. No late submissions will be accepted, nor will any exception be made.
  • Types of research contributions. While there are no rigid boundaries between different types of research, submitters will be asked to indicate which type of research best describes their contribution to the conference program:

a) Applied research: A report on a project or program intervention relevant to CIES 2023.

b) Conceptual/theoretical research: A critique of literature, a program, or an institution relevant to CIES 2023.

c) Empirical research: an evidence-based qualitative, quantitative, and/or historical analysis relevant to CIES 2023.

  • Questions to be addressed in proposal summaries:
    1. Applied Research
      • How is the topic relevant to CIES 2023?
      • What is the need or the problem that the program or intervention tries to address?
      • What advice do you offer or seek at CIES, and how can it address similar challenges elsewhere?
      • What would you have done differently, knowing what you know now about the project or program?
      • What was the impact of the project on the problem it targeted? How was the project’s impact assessed?
    2. Conceptual/Theoretical Research
      • How is the topic relevant to CIES 2023?
      • In reviewing literature or alternative perspectives, how does the contribution build on existing work?
      • How is the theoretical contribution situated in terms of linguistic, national, or geo-political contexts?
      • What are the implications of the critique for future practice, policy, or theory?
      • How original is the contribution? What do we learn that we did not know, and why is it important?
    3. Empirical Research
      • How is the topic relevant to CIES 2023?
      • Is there a strong theoretical framework that uses theories to guide questions? Which theories?
      • How are sources of information used to inform choices about data collection and analysis?
      • How do the research methods and results support the conclusions drawn from the data?
  • Types of submission. CIES 2023 accepts two major types of submission: an individual presentation and a group submission. An individual presentation is one proposal (with one or more authors) for presentation at a formal paper, poster, or refereed roundtable. A group submission is a session planned by authors of multiple individual presenters with a chair (and possibly 1-2 discussants), and they could be a formal panel or refereed roundtable session. There is a third type of submission that accepts for workshops, book launches, visual art exhibits, or special sessions such as an invited keynote speech, etc.
  • Formal paper presentation (individual submission). Formal papers are submitted by individuals, then reviewed and formed into a panel session by conference organizers (either through a CIES SIG, CIES Standing Committee, or the CIES 2023 Program Committee). In these 90-minute sessions, presenters briefly discuss their research, followed by audience discussion. Between 4-5 presenters will be assigned to each panel, and each presenter will have 12-15 minutes to present. In the case of co-authored presentations, more than one presenter may present within these 12-15 minutes. Each session is assigned a chair who moderates and monitors time; a discussant may also be assigned to offer commentary and critique and to elicit discussion. Submissions for a formal paper presentation include an abstract of up to 1,000 words.
  • Formal panel presentation (group submission). Formal panels provide an opportunity for coordinated interaction and exchange among presenters working on a common set of themes, questions, or problems related to either research or Proposals for these 90-minute sessions are submitted by a group of presenters (at least three) who designate their own chair and discussants (who must also register for the conference). Panel sessions follow the format of individual paper presentations followed by discussant comments and audience discussion. Submissions for formal panel sessions include an abstract of up to 1,000 words, as well as abstracts of up to 500 words for each of the individual formal papers included.
  • Poster presentation (individual submission). Posters combine a visual summary of the findings of a paper/study with the opportunity for individualized and informal discussion of the presenter’s work. On-site presenters will set up displays representing their papers/studies in a large area with other presenters. Posters will be set up in a prominent space throughout the day, while dedicated 90-minute poster sessions will facilitate interaction between poster presenters and interested conference participants. Audio-visual equipment is not provided for poster sessions, but presenters may choose to distribute handouts. Boards and pins will be provided for poster display. Online presenters will be offered asynchronous sessions withe-poster and/ or video as your presentation. Please be noted that no synchronous presentations will take place, as they will be available during the entire meeting. Submissions for poster sessions include an abstract of up to 500 words.
  • Refereed roundtable presentation (individual submission). Roundtables allow for enhanced research collaboration and substantive discussion among participants. Proposals for roundtable contributions are submitted by individual authors and then formed into a roundtable discussion by conference organizers (either through a CIES SIG, CIES Standing Committee, or the CIES 2023 Program Committee) based on their discussion of common themes or shared research interests. These 90-minute sessions feature 3-4 presenters as well as conference attendees seated around large roundtables. After each presenter gives a short presentation on their study, collective discussion by presenters and attendees follows, providing an interactive setting for those who seek to engage in discussion about their work. Audio-visual equipment is not provided for round table sessions. Submissions for individual roundtable presentations include an abstract of up to 500 words.
  • Refereed roundtable presentation (group submission). This is similar to an individual submission for a roundtable presentation, but one submitter organizes and submits 3-4 summaries of individual roundtable contributions with a chair for the session. The individual presenters’ contributions should be united by a common topic or theme. In this 90-minute session, each presenter gives a short presentation, followed by collective discussion with other conference attendees. Audio-visual equipment is not provided for roundtable sessions. Submissions for group roundtable paper sessions include an abstract of 1,000 words describing the overall theme and objectives of the discussion, as well as abstracts of up to 500 words for each of the individual presentations.
  • Pre-conference workshop. Pre-conference workshops are designed to offer a space for attendees to engage with experts on issues and questions related to research, policy, and practice in the field of comparative and international education. The vision for the workshops is to provide an interactive learning space through which attendees can enhance their skills, knowledge, and understanding of distinctive topics and their application to practice, training in curricular and pedagogical approaches, research methods, and data analysis. Workshop registration will be made available to conference attendees as part of the regular registration process for a flat rate.

The CIES 2023 program committee invites proposals for pre-conference workshops of three hours or six hours in duration. All workshop proposals must include

a) The title of the proposed workshop.

b) Workshop duration.

d) Maximum number of participants.

d) A 500-word description that explains the purpose of the workshop, identifies learning objectives, and includes a delivery plan to reach expected outcomes; and

e) Names, institutional affiliations, email addresses, and short professional bios for all workshop presenters.

If your submission is accepted, workshop organizers will be asked to indicate preferred room setup and needs for audiovisual equipment. Conference organizers can provide only basic AV setup; other equipment (e.g., flip charts with markers) must be provided by workshops organizers or may be ordered through the conference AV provider at an additional cost.

  • Book launch. Authors of books published between March 2022 and February 2023 are invited to submit proposals for book launches, which provide an opportunity for members of our field to present recently published monographs and edited volumes in an interactive setting. All book launch proposals should include:
    1. The book title, publisher, and date of publication.
    2. A 500-word description of the book.
    3. The table of contents.
    4. A list of contributors’ names, affiliations, and email addresses; and
    5. A book cover image (high definition in JPG, PNG, or PDF format). For a multi-authored work, please be sure to identify all the contributing authors who will be present for the book launch at CIES 2023. Limited to one book launch submission only.
  • Visual art exhibit. Submissions are invited for artistic exhibits related to the conference theme. Proposals may be submitted by an individual or group. Art exhibits will be online only (not on-site or hybrid). Art proposals include a 500-word description of the exhibit. Artists whose proposals are accepted will be expected to provide the conference planners with the exhibit in a form that can be displayed online. We encourage exhibits that allow for audience engagement online through posting online comments, which can occur February 14-22, 2023. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate on-site exhibits or performances.
  • New Scholars Committee Submissions. There are two types of workshops below organized by the Standing Committee of New Scholars.

a) New scholars dissertation mentoring workshop. The New Scholars Dissertation Mentoring Workshop (NSDMW) is a unique opportunity for doctoral students (Ph.D. and Ed.D.) to discuss their dissertation research in small groups of experienced scholars as well as with peers with similar topical or methodological interests. Participants receive feedback on the design, data collection, and/or analysis of their dissertation.

b) New scholars publication mentoring workshop. The New Scholars Publication Mentoring Workshop (NSPMW) is a unique opportunity for doctoral candidates in the final dissertation writing stage, recent doctoral graduates, and early career professionals to discuss and refine a paper for publication with experienced scholars and peers. Participants will be provided feedback, particularly on theoretical framework, methodology, and findings. The NSPMW will also contribute to strengthening links among peers in the field of Comparative and International education.

To participate in one or both of the workshops, you are required to submit a proposal of up to 750 words to each type of workshops. Details can be found by clicking here.

  • Word limits. Submissions must not exceed the word limits specified for each type of submission as below:

a) Formal paper presentations (individual submissions): Up to 1,000 words.

b) Formal panel sessions (group submissions): Up to 1,000 words for panel proposal and 500 words for each of its individual proposals.

c) Poster or refereed roundtable presentations (individual submissions): Up to 500 words.

d) Refereed roundtable sessions (group submissions): Up to 1,000 words for panel proposal and 500 words for each of its individual proposals.

e) Workshops, book launches, or visual art exhibits: Up to 500 words.

References, tables, charts, graphs, images, and figures are not included in the word count.

These are different word limits for different submission types. Only submissions that adhere to their respective word limits will be considered.

  • Anonymization of submission. Submissions in the first two major types, as indicated above (e.g., individual submission of formal paper, poster, or refereed roundtable, and a panel submission), are to be reviewed blind, and for this reason no identifiable information about the author(s) is allowed to be included in the abstract or proposal upload. Failure to exclude author identification from the abstract or proposal upload will automatically disqualify your submission(s) from consideration. References may include citations from the author(s) if applicable but must be kept in line with the anonymization format in the APA style (7th ed.), e.g., replacing your actual author names with something like: (Author, 2023). The anonymization policy does not apply to workshops, book launches, visual art exhibits, or special sessions such as an invited keynote speech, etc.
  • Submission limits of first authorship. To promote broader participation in CIES 2023, you shall not appear as first author on more than one paper presentation, though you may serve as one of coauthors as long as you do not serve as first author of your co-authored submission(s). Failure to follow this rule will automatically disqualify your submission(s) from consideration.

Submissions in the third type (e.g., workshops, book launches, visual art exhibits, or special sessions such as an invited keynote speech, etc.) do not count toward this limit, and participants may be listed more than once as a co-author, chair, organizer, or discussant.

  • Submission limits of single SIG or committee. Should an individual or panel paper be submitted to more than one SIGs or committees, all these submissions will be removed from consideration.
  • Submission languages. Your proposal(s) may be submitted in a non-English language, but must include its English version to facilitate the reviewing process (the additional language texts do not count towards the word limits of submission). To foster a climate of inclusion, diversity, and interdisciplinarity, you are encouraged, when possible, feasible, practical, and/or pertinent to present bilingually or multilingually, with English being one of the languages included. For example, a presenter may speak in one language facilitated by a PPT in English, or vice versa (bilingual/multilingual presentations have the same time as those that use only English). Unfortunately, language interpreters will not be provided by CIES 2023.
  • Types of presentation and participation. Your accepted paper will be scheduled for presentation in the type decided by you when you submit it. If your submission selects “On-site”, your presentation and participation will be “On-site”, while you can also access all online sessions. But if your submission selects “Online”, both of your presentation and participation will be “Online” only. In general, no change between “On-site” and “Online” will be accepted after your online submission.
  • Formation of concurrent sessions. Individual papers accepted will be grouped with other individual papers to form concurrent sessions. If you select “On-site” your accepted paper will be grouped with other “Onsite” papers in an “On-site” concurrent session. Similarly, if you select “Online”, your paper will be grouped with other “Online” papers for an “Online” concurrent session. In other words, all concurrent sessions will be EITHER on-site or online and will NOT be mixed. This is not a hybrid conference, which would require every aspect of the conference to be digital. Instead, the conference will consist of two fully remote days and five days on-site, with only special sessions available virtually.
  • Originality of submissions. No submission will be accepted if it has been previously published or presented at another professional meeting.
  • Attendance requirement. By submitting to CIES 2023, you acknowledge that you are committed to your presence and participation at the scheduled sessions whether you are an on-site or online attendee.
  • Funding options. Participants from the Global South with distinguished service to the field, and in particular educational reforms are invited to apply for the CIES International Travel Award (ITA). Candidates who have received the award in the past are not eligible. For more information, click here.


  • For inquiries about SIG or Committee-specific themes and calls for submission, please contact related SIG or Committee chair(s), whose contacts can be found by clicking here for SIG chairs and here for Committee chairs.
  • For inquiries about your submission and CIES 2023 Program, please write to the Organizing Committee at cies2023@cies.us with a subject line “Submission” and “Program”, respectively.
  • For all other general inquiries, please contact the CIES Office of the Executive Director at oed@cies.us.