Contributions

1. Abstract submission

When submitting a proposal, you will be required to submit an abstract, through your Private Area.

The official language of the conference is English, so the proposals should be sent and presented in this language.

It is compulsory that one of the authors of each abstract attends the meeting (register and pay before 16th of May) and will be asked to be present at the time and place scheduled. The system will ask you to choose the category of your contribution:


1.1. Title Contribution
Add your abstract’s title.


1.2 Presentation Type
You have to choose the category of your contribution:

  • Single oral presentation
  • Poster
  • Workshop
  • Symposium


1.3. Topics
You have to classify your contribution in one of the following groups:

  • Physics teaching and learning at Primary and Secondary Education
  • Physics teaching and learning at University
  • Physics teacher education
  • Physics education in non-formal setting
  • Physics into STEM teaching and learning
  • ICT and multimedia in Physics Education
  • Gender and socio-cultural issues in physics education


1.4. Question for Dialogues
If you send an abstract, please send your question for the dialogues.


1.5. Template
Please download and use the GIREP-MPTL 2018 template when preparing your submission.


You must submit two versions of your proposal: one with names and affiliations to use it in the conference programme and a second, without names and affiliations, to use during the blind review process.

The abstract should be no more than 2 pages in length (including abstract, references, tables and figures).

Adherence to the template is essential

1.6. Authors
1.6.1. First Author:
If you are the First Author of the abstract, your contact details will be used to contact you.

If you are not the First Author and you are going to manage the abstract (i.e., making changes yourself before the abstract’s submission deadline), you will be asked to enter the First Author's details and you will be treated as a Manager.

1.6.2. Co-Authors:
If there are several contributing author/s for the abstract, they should be entered in the order in which you wish them to appear in the Book of Abstracts. You will be asked to enter the author´s title, initials, surname and affiliation. There is no limit regarding the number of co-authors.

1.6.3. Authors' Affiliations:
Please ensure that you have the official name and country of each institution.


1.7. Specifications to submit the symposium’s abstract
In the area of sending the abstract, click on the Symposium button.

The coordinator is the person in charge of submitting all the documents related to the symposium.

  1. Add the title of the symposium, the topic and an abstract (no more than 2 pages in length) of it as well as the symposium’s chair information
  2. Submit the 4 abstracts of the symposium following the steps on how to send an abstract
  3. The coordinator of the symposium must sent all the documentation in one package

The symposium participants must be from at least 3 countries.


1.8. Copyright Agreements
Submissions will only be accepted if authors acknowledge and sign the copyright agreement, as contributions will be published.

2. Presentation types and authors instructions

2. 1. Single Oral Presentation
This presentation format allows 15 minutes of individual presentation time followed by 5 minutes discussion moderated by the session’s chairperson. Four Oral Presentations will be thematically grouped together and scheduled in a session of 90 minutes.


2. 2. Posters Presentation Sessions
Dedicated poster sessions will be scheduled in the conference programme. Each poster presentation will include a graphic presentation on visual display of size A0 (0,841m x 1,189m) in "portrait" format. Posters will also be thematically grouped and presented during the designated poster sessions. In each of these sessions there will be around 10 posters. Each session is organized in two parts:

  • A brief oral presentation with Power Point slides, 3 minutes for each poster, is given to an audience gathered as a group and coordinated by a Chairperson.
  • After all the authors have given their brief presentation, the audience will have the opportunity to follow the presentation in the poster display area

2. 3. Workshops
The workshop’s goal is to explore different ways of to enrich physic’s instruction and research based teaching innovations. Workshops enable presenters to display, explain and familiarize users with an innovative approach, a teaching or research tool, or some other aspect of research or teaching practices.

The Workshop may include a brief presentation of completed research, but the emphasis is on demonstrating an innovation or a tool. Time adjustment for reflective discussion is important. These sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes.


2. 4. Symposium
The symposium provides an opportunity to present research on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion.

Each symposium session will be given a 90-minutes block of time in the program: 20 minutes for each presentation, and a total of 10 minutes allocated for discussions.

If the symposium is not evaluated positively, each accepted symposium oral presentation will be presented as a single oral presentation in different paper sessions.

3. Review criteria for Abstracts

Depending on the type of proposal, it will be reviewed by two reviewers and chairs of the topic, according to the criteria described below. The decision about the acceptance will be sent in due time by April 30.

3.1. Evaluation criteria
The reviewers and chairs will evaluate all submitted abstracts and provide feedback to the authors according to the rules below. The decisions for accepting/rejecting a proposal will be based on evaluation results. Criteria for evaluation will take into account the following abstract characteristics:

  • What is the question/s the study is trying to answer (the research question/s)
  • Context and background (where the RQs have arisen from; links to the literature)
  • What is new in the proposal (relevance to physics education)
  • Brief explanation of the theoretical/conceptual framework
  • Research design and methods (empirical proposal)/clarity and coherence of argument (theoretical proposal)
  • Results, conclusions and implications
  • Clarity of expression in English

3.2. Scoring (for each aspect)

  • 5 Excellent, (as good as could be expected for a 2 page outline)
  • 4 Good, though with some room for improvement
  • 3 Satisfactory, could be better, but no fatal weaknesses
  • 2 Has significant weaknesses
  • 1 Unsatisfactory


3.3. Decision

  • Any proposal with an average score of >21.0 (average of 3.0 on each aspect) is automatically accepted.
  • Any proposal with an average score of <14.0 (average of 2.0 on each aspect) is following a check by the topic Chairs and rejected or not.
  • Any proposal with an average score in the range 14.0-20.0 is reviewed by topic Chairs who decide accept/reject.

4. Proceedings

The paper submission for the GIREP-MPTL 2018 International Conference Proceedings is not open now.

All papers presented in GIREP-MPTL 2018 International Conference will be reviewed after the conference. If accepted, the paper will be published in an electronic form in the Book of e-Proceedings, with ISBN code. The e-Proceedings will be available on the conference website (Private area). Selected conference papers will be published in printed form, with ISBN code, with Springer.

The content of the paper should be coherent with the presentation at the conference. Only authors who present their contributions (oral, poster, symposium, workshop) during the conference are entitled to submit their papers. Symposium authors may submit one combined paper for their symposium or submit each individual symposium contribution as a paper.

All papers should be written in English. The limit is 10 pages. The authors are kindly asked to follow the guidelines for a paper format that will be available on the web when the proceeding call will open.

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