Call for Papers

Proposals for papers, presentations, panel sessions and posters are invited for the ETD2017 Symposium to be held in Washington, DC August 7-9, 2017.

Deadline: Proposals should be submitted on or before February 28, 2017 to be considered. The Call for Proposals has closed.


ETD2017 will provide excellent educational opportunities for professionals from graduate schools, libraries, academic computing and others who work with electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), institutional repositories, graduate students and scholarly communications. Our goal is to offer relevant, practice-oriented content to support ETD productivity improvement, ETD professionals, advance ETD operations and encourage the formation of regional ETD associations and networking communities as well as to provide useful and innovative resources, standards, and technology for the development and support of ETD programs. Proposals are welcome from library, graduate school and information technology professionals, graduate students and faculty as well as library and information systems / services representatives.

Conference Theme:

The conference theme "EXPLORING GLOBAL CONNECTIONS" focuses on the impact and implications of connecting scholars and research from across the country and around the world. We examine the present use and availability of ETDs and related initiatives while also exploring new and emerging ETD practices, needs, and influences. Presentation proposals should reflect one or more of the following three subtopics. Presenters are encouraged to use the examples under the subtopics as inspiration, but are not limited to these ideas and can expand upon them or generate new ones based on the subtopic themes.

I. Research Practices

  1. Data Management Practices - surveys of current / best practices and case studies

  2. Data mining, mapping and visualization - techniques and tools for data collection, organization and assessment

  3. Integrating repositories with the Web and external systems - case studies in IR integration with CRIS and Research information Management Systems

  4. Future directions for institutional repositories

  5. From dissertation to first book or article

  6. Creative Writing and ETDs

  7. History and ETDs

II. Streamlining ETD Processing

  1. ETD and data preservation best practices - surveys and case studies

  2. Collaboration between digital scholarship and technical services librarians

  3. Rethinking institutional repositories

  4. OAI-PMH validation of ETD-MS repository records

  5. Graduate School perspective - review process, assistance resources, deadlines, formatting guidelines, and graduation requirements

  6. Embargoes and copyright

  7. ETD Support Group

  8. Handling supplementary materials (submissions, preservation, cataloging)

III. The Global Impact of ETDs

  1. Resources description and access

  2. Artificial Intelligence integration - repository tools for enhanced publishing and discovery

  3. Multimedia innovations - virtual reality, social media, online applications in ETDs

  4. Supporting open scholarship

  5. Outreach to students/faculty on ETD issues

  6. Open source solutions to ETD processes


The ETD2017 Organizing Committee welcomes the following types of submissions:

Poster sessions - peer reviewed

Posters introduce late-breaking results, work in progress, or research that is best communicated in an interactive or graphical format. Two types of posters are encouraged:

  • research posters presenting new and promising work or preliminary results of ongoing projects

  • "best practices" posters presenting the practical implementations of an organization's practices or innovations

The content of the poster should clearly point out how the research or best practice contributes to innovative thought or design within the field, and how it addresses key challenges, as well as the potential impact on the participant's organization and/or practices in the field.

Joint submissions from students, librarians, graduate school administrators and other professionals demonstrating different perspectives on a single issue are particularly encouraged. Posters are expected to foster discussion in a personal and less formal setting. Poster presenters should submit an abstract of 500 words or less for consideration.

Single-session presentations and panels - peer reviewed

Single session presentations and panels are invited on topics that focus on the themes of the conference.

For single-session presentations, please submit a proposal of up to 500 words, providing a summary of the presentation topic and the qualifications of the speaker.

Panels must have a cohesive theme and promote lively interaction between panelists and audience members. Please submit a panel proposal up to 500 words, providing an overview of the issues to be discussed by the panel and brief bios of each of the panelists. Proposals should only list panelists who have agreed to participate and shall indicate the qualifications and contribution that each panelist will offer.

Presentation format options include:

  • 1-hour single speaker or panel format (intended for more in-depth breakout presentations on a single topic)

  • 15-minutes per speaker format (1-hour breakout session with 3 speakers intended for case studies on a similar topic)

Conference workshops - peer reviewed

Conference workshops are invited on important topics that focus on the themes of the conference that need to be addressed in-depth. Workshops should provide participants with opportunities to engage with study materials, the presenter(s) and workshop participants through discussions in order to broaden and deepen understanding in a particular area. Workshops range from 2 to 3 hours in length.

Please submit a proposal of up to 500 words, providing a summary of the workshop topic and the qualifications of the speaker.


Conference Code of Conduct

Conference Presentation Selection Rubric

Poster Session Resource Page

Proposal Submission

Once you have prepared your proposal according to the above instructions, please use this online submission system to submit it for review.

Submission Steps

  1. Create your user account - click here.
  2. Click on the "STEP ONE OF THE SUBMISSION PROCESS" link below, login and follow the prompts.

Submissions for this conference were closed on 2017-02-28.

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This conference is organized by the United States Electronic Theses and Dissertations Association (USETDA) and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). For additional information, please contact USETDA.