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The list of accepted Full Papers and Notes is now available.

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Papers versus Notes: What is the difference?

ICTD Papers and Notes are treated similarly in the submission, review, and publication process. One difference is ICTD Papers typically present mature work but ICTD Notes can also be used for submitting preliminary work or research that is still a work-in-progress. Both ICTD Papers and ICTD Notes must make a significant contribution to be considered for acceptance. We recommend referring to this paper for further information on what makes good ICTD research.

What is an ICTD Paper?

An ICTD Paper, which is 10 pages in length (maximum), must make a new contribution and provide complete and substantial support for its results and conclusions. Accepted papers typically represent a major advance for the field of ICTD.

What is a ICTD Note?

An ICTD Note, which is 4 pages in length (maximum), is a more focused and succinct contribution to the ICTD field and is likely to have a smaller — yet still significant — scope of contribution than ICTD papers. For example, Notes on novel ICTD systems may not cover the entire design of the system but may instead go into depth in specific areas (e.g., how the system was evaluated with real users or how the formative work to create the system was conducted). ICTD Notes are also not expected to include a discussion of related work that is as broad and complete as that of a submission to the Papers venue.

General Topics for Full Papers and Notes

Held in cooperation with ACM SIGCHI and ACM SIGCAS, ICTD2013 will provide an international forum for scholarly researchers exploring the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in social, political, and economic development.

Over decades, as radio and television have been joined by computers, the internet, and mobile devices, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become more pervasive, more accessible, and more relevant in the lives of people around the world. Virtually no sphere of human activity remains apart from ICTs, from markets to health care, education to governance, family life to artistic expression. Diverse groups across the world interact with, are affected by, and can shape the design of these technologies. The ICTD conference is a place to understand these interactions, and to examine, critique, and refine the persistent, pervasive hope that ICTs can be enlisted by individuals and communities in the service of human development. There are multidisciplinary challenges associated with the engineering, application and adoption of ICTs in developing regions and/or for development, with implications for design, policy, and practice.

For the purposes of this conference, the term “ICT” comprises electronic technologies for information processing and communication, as well as systems, interventions, and platforms that are built on such technologies. “Development” includes, but is not restricted to, poverty alleviation, education, agriculture, healthcare, general communication, gender equality, governance, infrastructure, environment and sustainable livelihoods. The conference program will reflect the multidisciplinary nature of ICTD research, with anticipated contributions from fields including anthropology, computer science, communication, design, economics, electrical engineering, geography, human-computer interaction, information science, information systems, political science, public health, and sociology.

Instructions for Full Papers

Full Papers (ten pages in ACM two-column format) will be evaluated via double-blind peer review by a multidisciplinary panel of at least three readers, overseen by an experienced associate chair.

Full Papers will be evaluated according to their novel research contribution, methodological soundness, theoretical framing and reference to related work, quality of analysis, and quality of writing and presentation. Manuscripts considering novel designs, new technologies, project assessments, policy analyses, impact studies, theoretical contributions, social issues around ICT and development, and so forth will be considered. Well-analyzed negative results from which generalizable conclusions can be drawn are also sought. Authors are encouraged (but not required) to address the diversity of approaches in ICTD research by providing context, implications, and actionable guidance to researchers and practitioners beyond the authors’ primary domains.

Accepted Full Papers will appear in electronic conference proceedings and will be archived in the ACM digital library. A subset of the Full Papers will also appear in a special issue of Information Technologies & International Development. New in 2013, authors of all accepted Full Papers will be invited to give a talk, either in plenary or in parallel sessions.

Only original, unpublished, research papers in English will be considered. Papers must use the templates (LaTex and Word) provided below, and must be no longer than 10 pages [meaning main text, tables, and footnotes; references may extend beyond 10 pages if necessary]. Submissions longer than 10 pages, not in the template format, not related to the conference themes, and/or not meeting a minimum bar of academic research writing will be rejected without full review. Full Papers must not include names or other information that would identify the authors.

Full papers must uploaded via the submissions page by the deadline, May 1, 2013 (11:59pm UTC). Formatting instructions and links to the upload page can be found at the conference submissions page. Authors will be required to sign a copyright release to ACM for publication in the conference proceedings. Please refer to authors.acm.org (updated April 2013) for details on new options for ACM authors to manage rights and permissions.

Instructions for Notes

For ICTD2013, a new document category, Notes, is available. With a shorter 4-page format, Notes are intended to highlight work from a range of researchers and practitioners, and can be used to introduce work-in-progress that may be published later in a journal, as well as to document shorter project write-ups.

Notes will be evaluated by at least two multidisciplinary reviewers, but not in a double-blind fashion. Notes will be assessed according to their research contribution, methodological soundness, quality of analysis, and quality of writing, and presentation. Manuscripts considering novel designs, new technologies, project assessments, policy analyses, impact studies, theoretical contributions, social issues around ICT and development, and so forth will be considered, however Notes need not necessarily be as comprehensive, novel, or generalizable as Full Papers.

All Notes submissions are strictly limited to four pages and must be uploaded via the submissions page. To allow for late-breaking findings, Notes are due on July 26, 2013, closer to the date of the conference. The 4-page manuscripts of the Notes will be made available in the ACM Digital Library under a separate heading of “ICTD2013 Notes”, but unlike Full Papers, copyright for Notes will be retained by the authors.

Only original, unpublished manuscripts in English will be considered. Submissions must use the templates (LaTex and Word) provided below, and must be no longer than 4 pages. Submissions longer than 4 pages, not in the template format, not related to the conference themes, and/or not meeting a minimum bar of academic research writing will be rejected without full review. Authors of accepted Notes will be required to prepare a poster.

Authors of accepted Notes will be invited to present in one or more poster sessions during ICTD2013. Note that since the Full Paper and Notes submission review cycles will be sequential; it will be possible to revise, shorten, and resubmit elements of promising but unselected Full Papers in time for reconsideration in the separate Notes review round.

Format Details and Templates

ICTD2013 will use the same ACM templates (word and latex) for both Full Papers and Notes. Full papers are restricted to 10 pages (main text, tables, and footnotes); Notes to 4 pages.

Authors should use the ACM SIG proceedings format. Please use one of the following templates:

For more information, please visit the ACM SIG Proceedings Templates page

Even if your submission has been successful in the review phase, one of the authors must undertake to attend the conference in Cape Town to present the paper; if no presentation is made then the submission will not be published in the final proceedings.

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