Paper Development Sessions (PDS)

PDS participants (authors/chairs/reviewers) CLICK HERE for Important Information, program and templates.   Please note that the PDS participants page is password protected (contact Karen Taylor for the password).

Authors of submitted papers may nominate their paper for inclusion in a PDS.   These sessions are expert-led group discussions of selected papers that were submitted to the conference, with an aim to prepare them for publication in a suitable journal.   At least one academic with deep experience in high tier, international publication and two other participants will provide written as well as face-to-face feedback in a friendly, constructive discussion format.

Additional participants will sit in an provide further feedback at their discretion. About 40 minutes will be devoted to each paper. Depending on the number of submissions and other factors, about 25-50 percent of submitted papers will be offered to participate in a PDS.

The selection will be based on

  1. stated preference;
  2. timeliness of submission, and
  3. quality of the submission, and
  4. fit with the available experts.

Participants at all level of prior publication experience and all stages of their career are welcome to participate, and typically all these groups appreciate and benefit greatly from this type of session.  However, some preference will be given to doctoral students and early career researchers.   In addition, your full paper must be submitted by the November 2 deadline to be considered for a PDS session.

Participants who have their paper discussed in a PDS will also be required to provide written reviews of 1-2 other PDS papers, and to actively participate in these papers’ sessions.

Thus, the PDS are designed to provide both authorship and reviewer/mentorship training.   Through participation as reviewer and in the discussion together with highly experienced experts you will acquire “tacit knowledge” and “tricks of the trade” in a very hands-on manner.

You will have the opportunity to nominate your paper for the PDS session selection when uploading your full paper.  Your full paper must be submitted by the November 2 deadline to be considered for a PDS session.

Submitting authors will be notified of acceptance of their paper to the PDS session in mid-December 2015.

Important Dates

Full paper submission deadline: 20 November

Educational Forum/Industry Forum Submission Deadline: 10 December

Application for Doctoral Consortium: 10 December

PDWs Submission Deadline: 10 December

Registration Early-Bird Price: 21 December


ACERE 2024 Program Schedule

Doctoral Consortium (Monday 5th February all day)

Paper Development Workshops (Tuesday 6th February – 9am – 3pm)

Educators/Industry Forum (Tuesday 6th February – 9am – 3pm)

Main Conference (Tuesday 6th (from 3:30 pm), Wednesday 7th (all day), Thursday 8th (all day) – Conference begins at 3:30 pm on Tuesday 6th)

Social events

Welcome Drinks at The Old Clare Hotel, Tuesday 6th February, 5:30-7:00 PM

Gala Event and Awards at MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art)- Wednesday, 7th February, 6:30-10:30 PM

 Closing drinks at Aerial Conference Centre Thursday 8th February 5-6 PM


As a first-time participant and a new doctoral student just 6 months in, the conference has been extremely useful for me in terms of my own personal learning and in meeting new, liked-minded individuals. I would definitely encourage more of my friends to apply the conference in the future.

Participant in 2023 Edition of ACERE