Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Following its return in 2021, DocFest22 Virtual Graduate Research Conference is back in 2022 bigger and better than ever to showcase the depth and breadth of the research, experience and resources that are on offer in Graduate Research programmes at Charles Sturt and the shared experience of the research journey and beyond.

As well as a diverse range of keynote speakers, panels and workshops we are also inviting contributions to the following concurrent breakout sessions as detailed below.

Graduate researchers, research and professional staff are invited to present papers or posters as they relate to the theme areas listed below.

Papers will be presented in concurrent breakout rooms with a facilitator assigned to each room.

The deadline for Abstract submissions have been extended to Friday 22 April, and should be submitted to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DocFest22

In order to include as many quality papers as possible, abstracts will be reviewed and assessed relative to the conference objectives and for originality and you will be notified of your acceptance and or the requirement for revisions by Friday 6 May.

Concurrent Session Themes

The topics listed in the themes below are a guide only and presenters are not limited to these topics.

Please indicate in your submission which of the themes your paper addresses. If you have a topic that does not sit within a theme listed below, please still submit an abstract and select the ‘Other theme not specified’ when you register.

Well-being and self-management

Managing to maintain your life balance over the sustained period of time and effort it takes to complete a doctoral degree can take its toll and even the best will run into roadblocks or writers block! Presentations in this session will provide insights into how to manage your time, your work and your well-being including but not limited to:

  • Planning your thesis
  • Writers block and writing issues
  • Fatigue, mental health, and finding wellbeing
  • Dealing with ‘Imposter syndrome’
  • Navigating the unexpected
  • My research journey
  • Celebrating achievements, success stories and awards

Methodologies and research practice

Exploring the application or value of a range of methodological approaches, research tools and designs this session will include but is not limited to presentations about:

  • Specific methodological approaches- quantitative and qualitative
  • Research tools and designs
  • Mixed methods
  • Indigenous methodologies
  • Theory building
  • Epistemologies and Ontologies
  • Data Analysis

Communication & dissemination

This session will include presentations (papers) across a range of topics that relate to the sharing, communication, and dissemination of research.  This may consist of writing tips and tricks, personal experiences, publishing and presentation strategies or platforms and other topics including but not limited to:

  • Publishing
  • Social media and building an online network
  • Media
  • Presenting online
  • 3MT preparation and/or participation
  • Conferences
  • Making the most of feedback
  • Communicating with marginalised groups
  • Listening and understanding others

Networks and collaborations

Over fifty percent of research graduates are now employed outside of academia and presentations in this session will look at the ways in which career planning, goal setting, skill development and engagement can open up a whole world of opportunity for your future. Topics including but not limited to:

  • My Individual Development Plan
  • Professional Doctorates and returning to study
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • IP, knowledge translation, commercialisation
  • Volunteering, workplace learning and Internships
  • Mentoring
  • Career planning and management
  • Building your transferable skills

First Nations research

This session will feature research by First Nations researchers those who are researching with First Nations communities, perspectives or issues with topics including but not limited to:

  • First Nations methodologies
  • Knowledge systems
  • cultural safety
  • ethics
  • truth-telling

Guidelines for papers

Papers presented by Graduate Researchers may relate specifically to their doctoral research projects or can draw more broadly on aspects of their personal research journey.

Papers from research or professional staff may include research or research experiences, resources or support services as they relate to the graduate researcher journey or to supervision practice.

Papers should be accessible and interesting to a broad audience to help researchers do better research.

Time limits are to be strictly adhered to. Abstracts that exceed the word limit will not be accepted for review.

We welcome long and short papers as detailed below.

Long Papers

  • An abstract of not more than 150 words* should be submitted for review to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DocFest22 by COB Friday 15th April 2022.
  • Presentations should be not more than 15 minutes (12 minutes presentation and 3-minute Q&A) and should include a PowerPoint using the DocFest slide template (no limit on slide number)

Short Paper

  • An abstract of not more than 150 words* should be submitted for review to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DocFest22 by COB Friday 15th April 2022.
  • Presentations should be not more than 8 minutes (5 minutes presentation and 3 minutes Q&A) and should include a PowerPoint using the DocFest slide template (no limit on slide number)

Guidelines for e-Poster Competition

  • An abstract of not more than 150 words* should be submitted for review to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DocFest22 by COB Friday 15th April 2022.
  • E-Posters should be self-explanatory and should be presented as a PowerPoint slide, PDF or JPEG or as a file or hyperlink to an online host such as ‘Canva’. E-Posters will be available to view on the Docfest website.
  • All E-Poster Presentations will be held over the lunch break on Day 3 and presenters have the option to give a 2-minute pitch and respond to any questions.

*Abstracts that exceed the word limit will not be accepted for review.