Academics, practitioners and students are invited to contribute to the conference. Deadline for Final Paper submissions is 19th May 2023 (23:59 GMT).

UFHRD Conference 2023 - Call for papers Academics, practitioners and students are invited to contribute to the conference.


Conference Theme

“Workplace change – disruption, continuity and reinvention. The role of HRD in a changing Global Context”

The conference will host presentations of the latest research findings, current practices and theoretical development in Human Resource Development (HRD). We would like to invite academics, practitioners and students working in any of the HRD-related streams listed below to contribute to the conference by presenting papers, participating in sessions and discussions. All accepted papers will be allocated a 30 minute slot in the Conference programme, allowing for 20 minutes to present and 10 minutes for questions.

Final Paper submissions

You can submit your final paper through the link provided here:

Abstract Submission - Guidelines

The conference accepts abstracts relating to full papers, working papers, practice-based papers and posters from doctoral students describing original research, studies and/or innovative practices that have not been published elsewhere. We welcome empirical studies, case studies, conceptual/ theoretical papers and practitioner research.

On submission, you will need to provide:

  • Conference programme section (doctoral colloquium or main conference);
  • Conference stream;
  • Author(s) name;
  • Author(s)’s affiliation (if applicable);
  • Contact email address;
  • Your abstract (Please ensure you DO NOT include your name in the abstract or file name to ensure anonymity for review purposes).

All abstract submissions should be in English, and can take one of the following formats:

  • Full reviewed papers, 1000 words Max.
  • Working papers, 500 words Max.
  • Symposia proposals, 500 words Max.

Where working papers and posters exceed the 500 word count, the administrator may ask you to revise your word count.

Peer reviewing process

Submissions will be reviewed by two independent reviewers allocated by the Stream Leaders. A peer review template (1 to 5 scale) will be created to ensure consistency of the process and enable the Stream leaders to provide constructive feedback. The reviews would be based upon the following criteria:

  1. Significance/contribution to the HRD field
  2. Aim and purpose clear
  3. Theoretical foundations
  4. Appropriate methodology/analytical techniques
  5. Conclusions/likely conclusions
  6. Quality of paper
  7. Relevance of paper to conference theme

Final paper submission

Upon acceptance of the abstracts, author(s) of Working Papers and Symposia Proposals and will submit a papers with a maximum of 4,000 words. Full Paper submissions will be required to produce 6,000-8,000 words papers.

These papers will be requested to meet the requirements of the conference. Author(s) will be required to:

  • Document is saved as a PDF documents.
  • Use single-spaces, and Verdana 11-point font.
  • Use margins (left, right, top and bottom) of 2.5cm.
  • Justify each paragraph fully.
  • Begin with a Verdana 12-point font title.
  • Follow up with a short 200 words abstract. Indicate up to 6 keywords and then use the required words in the text.
  • Do not use more than three levels of heading and use the numbering convention: 1 Heading 1.1 Heading 1.1.1 Heading.
  • Italic is accepted as well as bulleted or numbered lists.
  • Figures and tables should be placed as close to their reference point in the text as possible. All figures and tables must have titles and must be referenced from within the text.
  • Avoid colour diagrams as the proceedings will be printed in black and white.
  • Images must be inserted as picture files (.gif, .jpg, .bmp, .pct, .png, .psd). You may be asked to supply the pictures as separate files.
  • Please avoid the use of footnotes.
  • References should follow the Harvard Referencing style.

You may submit your final work by visiting the Ex Ordo submission system.

Presentation Schedule Authors must be able to present at any time during the conference (9am until 6pm June 7 – 9, 2023). The presentation schedule, as well as presentation guidelines, will be available on the Conference Central website approximately six weeks before the conference.

E. Poster style guidance:

  • PDF Format
  • Single sheet/ Portrait orientation
  • Dimensions in Pixel 1080 width x 1536 height
  • Dimensions in cm 38,1 width x 54,2 height

Online submission process

Submission will be made via the Ex-Ordo submission system by setting up an account.

Conference proceedings and data protection

Accepted submissions in the academic categories will be published in the conference website, as part of the conference proceedings. However, authors will be able to choose whether to publish either an Abstract or the Full Manuscript in the published Conference Proceedings. This determination must be indicated upon final submission through the online submission process. Therefore, the decision about whether or not to include a full manuscript for publication in the UFHRD2023 Conference Proceedings is up to each author’s discretion.

Abstract Submission - Key Prompts

Abstracts should stress and sum up the paper’s importance, theoretical base, research purpose, research question, implications for practice, and conclusions. Key prompts for inclusion within these abstracts include:

  • Paper’s importance
  • Theoretical base
  • Research purpose
  • Research question/s
  • Implications for HRD practice
  • Conclusions
  • Key words

Authors will receive the decision and feedback on their abstract by end of January/beginning of February. Please note: the doctoral papers will receive feedback on the day of the presentation. Abstracts will be judged according to the following criteria: presentation-structure/clarity of language; clarity of purpose/ objectives; specified background and rationale supported by literature; appropriate methodology/method as applicable; and outcome summary.

For all accepted abstracts, full papers/working papers/symposia proposals should be submitted by May 19th 2023 and follow the style sheet guidance.

The Alan Moon Memorial Prize will be awarded to the best paper.

Authors will be contacted after the Conference with regards to the publication of their paper as part of the Conference Proceedings. Symposia proposals and Powerpoint presentations of papers will be uploaded to the Conference Website.

Emerald Publishing and the European Journal of Training and Development

Emerald Publishing and the European Journal of Training and Development will be sponsoring the Best International Paper Award for the 2023 UFHRD conference to the value of £250/€290. Learning & Development Institute logo

The Learning & Development Institute will be sponsoring the Conference and will also be awarding “The Learning and Development Institute, Best Paper Award” to one submission, as well as 4 Doctorial Symposium Best Poster Awards.