ELPUB2017 : Focus on Open Science

International Conference on Electronic Publishing (ELPUB) 2017: Call For Papers Theme: Expanding Perspectives on Open Science: Communities, Cultures and Diversity in Concepts and Practices. If you have a proposal for a presentation or for a session, please  consider a submission. The deadline for submission to ELPUB2017 has been extended to January 15, 2017.


Conference dates and location : 6-8 June 2017, Limassol, Cyprus
Conference Host: Cyprus University of Technology
Conference Venue: Curium Palace Hotel


The International Conference on Electronic Publishing (ELPUB) is entering its 3rd decade of continuous engagement with the changing landscape of publishing and scholarly communications. The upcoming conference will focus on the diverse perspectives on Open Science, one of the most widely discussed topics in research communications today.

Despite the common claims that Open Science improves transparency and accountability throughout the research life cycle while democratizing the knowledge production process, empirical research and conceptual validation of these ideas has been limited. In addition, there is a growing tendency to conceptualize Open Science as a set of conditions waiting to be met, without regard for regional differences, including cultural and historical contexts of knowledge production.

ELPUB, therefore,  invites researchers and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to share their results and ideas at what ELPUB’s organizers hope will be a highly interactive forum.

ELPUB is also exploring alternative models of interaction and co-creation between scholars and citizen scientists and the role of dissemination and publishing within these interactions. As such, the conference is open to a broad range of questions, including:

  • Who determines the agenda and direction of emerging discourses around Open Science?
  • How does Open Science challenge the current positions and power of players and agents - in developing and developed countries, with scholars and their networks, commercial and academia-based publishers, research institutions and e-infrastructures, as well as their respective agendas?
  • Are we seeing a converging global view of Open Science, or are there disciplinary, regional, and other differences that are important to consider?
  • What are the gaps between existing Open Science policies, regulatory frameworks, and implementation requirements and how should they be addressed?
  • How do Open Science agendas relate to the Open Innovation agendas of governments, funders and institutions? What is the impact of these agendas on research funding and dissemination practices?

By assessing these interlinked questions, the aim is to improve our understanding of current challenges  and opportunities in the ecosystem of Open Science, and how to move forward collaboratively in developing an inclusive system that works for  a broad range of participants.

Please join ELPUB in this exciting discussion!

TOPICS include but are not restricted to:


Open Science and Knowledge Commons
Gender and Open Science
Political Economy of Knowledge Production
Indigenous Knowledge and Cognitive Justice


Open Science and Digital Humanities
Social Science Research and Open Science
Global Change Research and Open Science
Web Science and Open Science
Issues on Intellectual Ownership of Publications


Diversity of Outputs and Representations
Quality Assessment
Alternative Forms of Publishing
Evaluation and Monitoring


Preservation of Digital Research Outputs
Data Visualization
Big Data Analytics
(Linked) Open Data
Collaboration Tools and Platforms


Public Policy and Lay Participation
Science Beyond Academia
Incentives and Recognition
Attribution for Data and Code Sharing


Governance of Shared e-Infrastructure
Innovative Models
Funders and Institutional Policies
Policy Alignment

ELPUB invites submissions in the form of an extended abstract. All submissions are subjected to peer review. Authors whose abstracts have passed the first round of peer review will be invited to submit full papers.

For each accepted paper, at least one author must register for the conference to present the paper. The same requirement applies for inclusion in the proceedings. Moreover, all those with accepted workshop or demonstration proposals must commit to supporting the event (speakers, lecturers, panel members, etc.) by physically attending and coordinating their activity.

submitted to this conference must not have been accepted or be under review by another conference or by a journal. They will be published in an indexed open access proceedings. Furthermore, all accepted papers and  posters will be archived at the ELPUB Digital Library.

All contents published in the ELPUB proceedings are open access via the conference archive under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproductionin any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.

All full papers, short papers and posters should be written in English, though other languages would also be considered, provided that an English translation of the abstract is also made available.


Full papers (manuscript up to 10 pages)

Short papers (manuscript up to 6 pages)

Practitioner and Developer papers (manuscript of any length for presentation only)

Posters (abstract min. of 500 words submission and then with the option to publish a manuscript between 2 - 4 pages if the authors choose)

Pre-Conference workshops (abstract min. of 500 words)

Early Stage Research and Practise (inviting early stage researchers, practitioners and students to submit their ideas and work (500 words) in an open discussion with experts from the community
in the form of a workshop)

Funders roundtable

Demonstrations (abstract min. of 500)

All extended abstracts must be submitted via the EasyConference system

Extended abstracts must be between 1,000 - 1,500 words and contain:

1. Title of the paper
2. Author(s) name and affiliation
3. Email
4. Type of paper you plan to submit (e.g. Full paper, short paper,
practitioner’s paper)
5. Key objectives of the study and significance
6. Design and Methodology
7. An overview of state of the art in the field
8. Outcomes thus far or expected outcomes
9. A bibliography
10. Keywords (maximum five)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:  

General Chair: Fernando Loizides: [email protected], Emerging Interactive Technologies Lab., University of Wolverhampton, UK 

Programme Chair: Leslie Chan: [email protected]Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada

Feel free to contact Leslie Chan if you have a proposal for a presentation or for a session that doesn't fit into the current framing.

Please  help spread the words and consider a submission!