Conference Paper Guidelines

We invite submissions of two types of papers to the EIBA 2019 Conference:

  • competitive papers
  • interactive papers

Competitive papers should be close to a publishable state, whilst interactive papers may be in an earlier stage of development. In competitive sessions, the finished papers are at the forefront, while the interactive sessions allow authors to discuss their ongoing research under the guidance of (other) senior scholars.

Each conference participant is kindly asked to follow “the rule of three” – it means she/he is allowed to submit maximum up to 3 papers (including competitive paper, interactive paper and panel proposal). The “rule of three” doesn’t apply to the pre-conference activities.

For information on submission guidelines for the poster submissions and panel proposals as well as pre-conference workshops please see the respective pages.


All papers should be submitted via the submission system to one (and only one) of the fourteen conference tracks. We welcome papers in all areas of IB. The submission deadline for all competitive and interactive papers is Monday, July 15th, 2019. As part of the paper submission process, you will be expected to sign up to act as a reviewer.

Please make sure you remove all information from the paper which might reveal your identity.

All papers should be prepared in Adobe pdf format ONLY!

Papers must conform to the style guidelines provided below.


Competitive papers must not exceed 10,000 words, including tables and references, excluding appendix.

Interactive papers must not exceed 6,000 words, including tables and references, excluding appendix.

All papers should include an abstract of max. 200 words.



  • 12pt Times Roman font, except for title on page 1
  • Double line spacing
  • Margins: 25 mm on all sides
  • No footnotes permitted. Endnotes should be kept to a minimum, and placed before the bibliography
  • Tables, figures, appendices etc. should be placed at the end of the document, after the bibliography
  • Include page numbers centred at the top of each page
  • Endnotes should be kept to a minimum, and placed before the bibliography

First page

  • Title of the paper: centred in bold 14 pt Times Roman
  • Do NOT include the names of the authors on the “submitted for review” version. All author names should, however, be included on the final version after acceptance.
  • Abstract


  • Main headings: centred, bold and capitalized
  • Secondary headings: flush with the left margin, underlined
  • Tertiary headings: flush with the left margin, in italics

In-text citations

Citations in the text should be by the author’s last name and year of publication enclosed in parentheses: (Porter, 2000). If a particular page, section, or equation is cited, it should also be placed in the parentheses: (Porter, 2000, p. 112) or (Porter, 2000, Table 1). For multiple authors, use the full citation for up to two authors; for three or more, use the first author’s name followed by et al (no italics). A series of citations should be listed in date order and separated by semicolons: (Porter, 1980; Welch, 1981).


Please include tables after the main body of your paper and indicate their position in the text.


References are to be listed alphabetically, family name first, followed by the publication date in parentheses. Use authors’ initials, not their given names. The reference list should be typed single-spaced. Limit the references to only those that have been cited in the body of the paper, including notes, tables, and figures. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references. Please check them carefully.

For all other style-related requests please refer to the JIBS style guide

Sessions Guidelines

Competitive Paper

Presentations are mostly held in sessions with three papers each. This provides every author with the opportunity to have a 20-minute presentation and 10-minute discussion about their paper. It is up to the session chairs to decide if the discussion is supposed to take place directly after each presentation or jointly at the end of the session.

Please bring your presentation as a PowerPoint file to your session. Include a reasonable number of slides (roughly 10 slides). Readability and clear slide layout encourage active engagement.

Interactive Paper

Presentations are held in larger sessions of four to five papers. The goal of these sessions is to encourage active discussion and development of early-stage work. Therefore, authors should limit their presentation to roughly 7 minutes and leave room for an equally long discussion.

Authors do not have to prepare a PowerPoint presentation but instead should bring with them a set of 10 copies of printed hand-outs (two A4 pages) which provide an overview of the paper. This hand-out should be easy to grasp and should not require a lot of reading to distract from the actual presentation.

Session Chair Guidelines

The main responsibilities of session chairs include introducing the presenters, making sure that all presenters are given equal floor time, and moderating any discussion. Questions addressed to particular authors may be formulated after each presentation of after all presentations in the session.