Dear AIB-LAC community members,

Please receive our best energy for this challenging moment that we face as humanity. It seems like it’s the first time when we have something that affects absolutely everyone on the planet, and in multiple spheres at the same time.

At the end of 2019, we contacted you to inform you that due to the collateral consequences of the political unrest in Hong Kong (and in other parts of the planet), we had decided to move the conference of the Latin America and Caribbean chapter that would take place in March 2020 in Trinidad and Tobago (hosted by UWI in St. Augustine), to be held in June, prior to the AIB world conference to be hosted by FIU in Miami.

The world situation today is well known to all, and for this reason, AIB has decided to host a virtual conference in 2020 instead of the regular conference in Miami. For the same reasons that AIB made this decision, the AIB-LAC executive board has decided that we will not have a physical meeting during the year 2020. Therefore, those who have already paid the registration fee have been already reimbursed.

However, in order to continue forging bonds in and with the academic community in the region, we will be hosting our conference this year online. The technology to be used, the methodology and other details have not yet been defined, but they will be communicated sooner than later.

In addition, we are considering having other community building activities such as creating shared teaching resources, special issues related to the conference team, webinars, Doctoral consortium, etc. We would really appreciate all your ideas.

We need your creativity right now.

Thank you for your understanding and for being part of this community.

United we’re strong, but divided no-one is safe. We need you conscience, solidarity and fraternity.

Keep well and stay safe.

Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez
AIB-LAC Chair

IMPORTANT DATES

SUBMISSIONS AND REGISTRATION

All submissions will be handled through the AIB online submission system.

Submission Instructions 

Competitive sessions are more formal and allow longer presentations at the conference. Papers submited to competitive sessions must be mature and fully developed.
Manuscripts submitted to competitive sessions may end up in an interactive session because of lack of space on the program or lack of fit with any of the existing competitive sessions.

Interactive sessions are primarily designed for shorter manuscripts (in research note formats) or work-in-progress pieces which could benefit from informal feedback from other participants. Interactive sessions are held in a roundtable discussion format with shorter oral presentations allowing for an engaging interaction with other researchers with similar interests.

Panel discussions serve as forums for issues of contemporary interest to IB scholars. Panels are complete sessions organized as a single submission by a panel chair around a common theme. Panels may have a variety of formats, including roundtables discussions, keynote and discussion with very senior scholar(s) not normally involved in AIB, pro and con debates, and professional development workshops.
Panels are expected to allocate substantive time to a genuine interchange between the panelists, and/or between panelists and the audience.

Poster sessions are dedicated to work-in-progress, or for highly specialized issues of limited appeal, which nonetheless represent important areas of research. Poster session submissions are reviewed by two referees under more flexible criteria than for other categories.

Teaching cases sessions or teaching IB tracks are designed to provide the opportunity to share innovative approaches to making teaching IB more effective, more engaging and more rewarding.

Detailed Submission Instructions

All proposals must be submitted directly to each track via the AIB 2020 Online Submission System. All manuscripts and proposals must be submitted by October 10, 2019 in your time zone. Please make sure to get your submissions in early, to avoid any connectivity problems as the submission site could be extremely busy towards the deadline.

AIB enforces a Rule of THREE for the annual conference. No person may be associated (as author, co-author, or panelist) with more than three submissions for the AIB-LAC 2020 Conference. This rule does not apply to appearances in pre-conference activities (e.g., workshops, consortia, or chapter meetings), invited appearances at plenaries or special sessions by the Program Committee, session chairs, or listings resulting from AIB officer roles.

Scholars submitting papers to AIB-LAC 2020 are expected to act professionally in their research and conference participation, following relevant professional codes of ethics and showing respect to our diverse members. This requires adhering by the following standards:

Conflict of Interest

Authors who have a conflict of interest relationship with a track chair shall submit their paper to another track, or to the “Special Submissions” track. Conflicts of interest arise from author relationships with current and former PhD students, current and former PhD advisors, members of the same department, co-authors, family members, and the like.

Responsibility to Review

Authors submitting papers to the conference commit to reviewing papers for the conference.

Responsibility to Present

For sole-authored papers that are accepted, authors commit to register for the conference and present the paper, and if co-authored, at least one of the authors will do so. No personal requests for variation of time slots will be accommodated and authors will present in the time slots allocated.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Authors assure that submitted papers are their own work and appropriate credit is given to sources, including any previous work of the authors themselves.

The conference organizers reserve the right to reject papers by authors not acting professionally. A random selection of papers will be submitted for plagiarism checks, and any paper will be rejected if it is assessed to violate professional standards.

You will be asked to choose from Five kinds of sessions: panel discussions, competitive sessions, interactive sessions, poster session and teaching cases session.

Panel Discussion

Panel discussions serve as forums for issues of contemporary interest to IB scholars. Panels are complete sessions organized as a single submission by a panel chair around a common theme. Panels may have a variety of formats, including roundtables discussions, keynote and discussion with very senior scholar(s) not normally involved in AIB, pro and con debates, and professional development workshops.

Panels are expected to allocate substantive time to a genuine interchange between the panelists, and/or between panelists and the audience.

Competitive Session

Competitive sessions are more formal and allow longer presentations at the conference. Papers submitted to competitive sessions must be mature and fully developed.

Manuscripts submitted to competitive sessions may end up in an interactive session because of lack of space on the program or lack of fit with any of the existing competitive sessions.

Interactive Session

Interactive sessions are primarily designed for shorter manuscripts (in research note formats) or work-in-progress pieces which could benefit from informal feedback from other participants. Interactive sessions are held in a roundtable discussion format with shorter oral presentations allowing for an engaging interaction with other researchers with similar interests.

Poster Session

Poster sessions are dedicated to work-in-progress, or for highly specialized issues of limited appeal, which nonetheless represent important areas of research. Poster session submissions are reviewed by two referees under more flexible criteria than for other categories.

Teaching Cases Session

Teaching cases sessions or teaching IB tracks are designed to provide the opportunity to share innovative approaches to making teaching IB more effective, more engaging and more rewarding.

Panel proposals should be no more than 6,000 words inclusive of all materials, and must be submitted by the panel chair. Each proposal must include:

  • Title Page that includes the panel name, the session format (e.g., pro and con debate, moderated roundtable discussion, keynote and commentary, professional development workshop, etc.), names and contact information for all participants and their roles in the panel (please identify the chair, discussants (if any), and the panelists).
  • An Abstract, not to exceed 150-200 words, that summarizes the panel (to be used in the Conference Proceedings and in the Conference App).
  • A detailed overview statement of the main issues addressed or arguments to be made in the panel.
  • Any special room setup or technical requirement that the panel requires (please note that the feasibility of these requirements will be part of the evaluation criteria).
  • Copies of emails or letters from each participant, indicating agreement to participate at the panel if the proposal is accepted.

While designing the panel, please keep in mind that sessions at AIB conferences are constrained to 75 minutes. Please also note that only panelists that plan to appear in person at the conference should be listed in the submission and the cover page.

Competitive and Interactive Papers

  • All paper submissions must be fewer than 12,000 words inclusive of all materials, including appendices and references. Papers exceeding these limits will be returned to the authors.
  • Each submission must state, on its front page at the top right, the requested Track (number and title) and Session Format (competitive or interactive).
  • Each manuscript should include an abstract, not to exceed 150-200 words. Please note that the full manuscript should accompany the abstract, AIB only accepts full paper submissions.
  • All manuscripts must be in English.
  • The document must have no author identifying information: None of the pages (not even the first page) should list any author information and the File Properties for the documents should be cleaned to remove identifying information.
  • Submissions must follow the JIBS Style Guide.
  • The manuscript should preferably be saved in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format to ensure that reviewers see it in the intended way. A free PDF conversion tool for most file formats is available at DocuPub PDF Converter. However, Microsoft Word files will also be accepted.
  • If submitting a Microsoft Word file, the document must be checked for viruses using an updated anti-virus software utility before submission.

Please Note: The Teaching IB Special Track has its own submission guidelines. Please follow those specific guidelines if you are submitting to that track.

Authors will be sent an automatic email confirmation message upon successful uploading of their paper on the website acknowledging receipt of their submission. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours of submitting your manuscript or proposal, please email the program chair at lac@aib.msu.edu  for further directions.

All paper submissions will be subject to a double-blind review process and will be evaluated using the following criteria: interest to AIB-LAC members, analytical rigor, appropriateness of research methods utilized, innovativeness, and significance of conclusions.

Panel proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: interest to AIB-LAC members, quality, innovativeness, fit with conference theme, participants from multiple universities.

Submission system

Host Representatives

Ronaldo Parente
Program Chair
Florida International University (FIU)

Willian Newburry
Florida International University (FIU)

Further Information

Program Chair
Ronaldo Parente, Florida International University (FIU)

Conference Host Chair
Willian Newburry, Florida International University (FIU)

Chapter Chair
Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia.

Visit  http://www.lac.aib.world or https://aib.msu.edu/events/chaptermeet.asp   for more information in the coming weeks.