The Bera Annual Conference 2010. 1st - 4th September 2010.

Regulations for Submission of Abstracts

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Key Dates

Friday 8th January Abstract Submission Deadline – BERA Keynote Symposia
Friday 22nd January Abstract Submission Deadline – Early Career Researcher AND Main Conference
Monday 12th April Corresponding Author advised of outcome of peer review process
Monday 17th May Corresponding Author notified of the time and date of their presentation at the conference
Friday 28th May Early bird registration deadline
Monday 14th June Lead presenter registration deadline – otherwise paper is withdrawn

Types of Presentation

1. BERA Keynote Symposia
BERA invites submissions of abstracts for 6 Keynote Symposia on themes the authors consider to be of special interest to the wider membership. The BERA Keynote Symposia occupy a privileged position in the conference programme and are selected by an open competition. Submissions not selected as BERA Keynote Symposia will automatically be entered for consideration for a session in the Main Conference programme. Keynote Symposia consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of six individual papers addressing a common theme or issue and the submission should identify a convenor and a discussant for the session. Please note that each paper will be assessed separately against each of the criteria. Keynote Symposia are allocated 90 minute slots in the programme and are timetabled in two sessions with three parallel symposia in each session.

2. Main Conference Symposia
Symposia for the main conference programme occupy 90 minute slots and normally consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of six linked individual papers. The symposium should also have a discussant. The format for the symposia can be in an alternative form such as a workshop or a panel discussion; you are advised to contact In Conference for details about submitting such proposals.  It is also possible to propose a series of linked symposia. Abstracts that are intended to form a series of symposia should be submitted separately with a note to indicate the links to the other symposia. It should be noted that the quality of each submission will be reviewed independently. Proposals for Symposia are not eligible for submission to the Early Career Researcher Conference.

3. Main Conference Individual Papers
Individual Papers are grouped in sets of three papers in 90 minute slots; each paper is allocated 30 minutes and the session is chaired by one of the presenters.

4. Early Career Researcher Conference Individual Papers
Individual Papers are grouped in sets of three papers in 75 minute slots; each paper is allocated 25 minutes and the session is chaired by a BERA Member.

5. Main Conference and Early Career Researcher Conference Posters
Posters are usually graphic presentations which are displayed on boards during the conference. Presenters also make the abstract summarising their poster available as part of the display. Posters will be displayed on boards that are 1m x 2.00m and should not exceed 1.5 m in length.

Submission of Abstracts

The abstracts for each paper (including those which form part of a symposium) should address the following:

The template for the abstract will be divided into text box sections corresponding to these points.  Whilst each of these sections can accommodate up to 400 words, you can choose how much text to include in each section (up to a maximum of 400 words) but please note that the submission should not exceed the overall word limit.

1.  BERA Keynote Symposia
Submissions should include:

Main Conference Symposia
Submissions should include:

Main Conference and Early Career Researcher Conference Individual Papers 
Submissions should include:

Main Conference and Early Career Researcher Conference Posters
Submissions should include:

Procedure of the Review Process

All abstracts will be assessed anonymously against the following criteria by two reviewers nominated by the appropriate SIG Convenor:

Judgments will be made by rating each of the criteria on a six point scale and papers will be accepted or rejected on the basis of the average total score.

27-30 recommend definitely accept
23-26 recommend accept
19-22 possible accept
15-18 possible reject
10-14 recommend reject
0-9 recommend definitely reject

Symposia Review
With regards to symposia, a total score will be calculated by aggregating scores of individual papers.  Convenors of symposia need to be aware that symposia will be accepted/rejected based on the average scores awarded to each paper therefore a weak paper could result in a symposium being rejected.


Special Interest Groups

BERA SIGs vary in character, function and level of activities and participation in them is one of the benefits of being a member of BERA. All symposia, individual papers and posters when submitted must indicate the Special Interest Group (SIG) which most closely relates to the topic of their paper. The reason for this link to a SIG is primarily for the purposes of reviewing. The SIGs organise the reviewers for all submissions and through this method, submissions are reviewed by peers who have interest, knowledge and expertise that is relevant to the particular submission. For more information on SIGs visit

Arts Based Educational Research New Technologies in Education


Philosophy of Education

Comparative and International Education

Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy

Creativity in Education

Post-Compusory and Lifelong Learning

Early Childhood

Practitioner Research

Educational Research and Educational Policy-making

Race, Ethnicity and Education

Educational Effectiveness and Improvement

Religious and Moral Education

Higher Education

Research Methodology in Education

Inclusive Education

Science Education

Leading and Managing Schools and Colleges


Learning in the Professions

Social Justice

Literacy and Language

Social Theory and Education

Mathematics Education

Socio-cultural and cultural-historical Activity Theory

Mentoring and Coaching

Teacher Education and Development

Neuroscience and Education



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