Call for abstracts

Update: Abstract submission has closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract.

The Realist Conference Committee is now inviting abstract submissions for presentation at the 2017 conference. Submissions are sought for oral and poster presentations, each answering one or more aspects of the central questions set out in the Welcome statement. We anticipate submissions from those working in the fields of health, crime and justice, international development, economic evaluation, environment and climate change, and many others. We are also interested in those working with Indigenous partners in domestic and international development settings. We are especially interested in submissions for co-presentations, where researcher/evaluator and commissioner/user present together, Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners co-present; or post graduate students and supervisors co-present.

Submissions are invited for multiple options:

  • long paper – methodology
  • long paper – use of realist findings
  • short paper
  • multi-paper sessions
  • panel
  • round-table
  • skills workshop
  • posters
  • my thesis in focus
  • other formats

Download the full explanation and guidelines for the above abstract formats

For all presentations, please allow plenty of time (around a third of the total) for questions and discussion.  This provides some of the best opportunity for learning for most participants.

Instructions for the preparation of your abstract

  • All abstracts must be submitted via the online abstract submission portal.
  • You will need to include a brief 150 word biography during the abstract submission process.
  • All abstracts must be supported by a Justification Statement.
  • During the abstract submission process you will be asked to advise whether you would be willing to have your abstract accepted in a different format to your selected format.
  • All accepted abstracts will be made available in digital format.
  • Any enquiries regarding abstracts for the Realist Conference should be emailed to

Abstract submission guidelines and format

  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.
  • Abstracts should be original work.
  • An abstract must be submitted by one of the presenting authors.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 300 words and should follow the instructions within the submission portal.
  • Abstracts must be in text format only. Images, graphics and tables cannot be included.
  • All abbreviations must be spelled out on first use.
  • Abstracts should be thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar.

Justification statement

When you submit an abstract, you will also need to upload a separate 300 word justification statement which only the reviewers will see. This should not simply repeat the content of the abstract, but explain your choice of format and how your proposal links to the conference themes. This is your chance to explain the importance of your topic and the contribution it will make to the conference overall, and the learning of participants.

Presenter registration

To ensure your abstract is included in the Realist Evaluations Abstract Book, all successful authors will be requested to register for the conference by Tuesday, 26 September 2017.