13th Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference




At QPR2018, there will be six presentation types:

  • Paper – Research
  • Paper – Research-in-progress
  • Paper – Showcase
  • Round Table Discussion
  • 5×5 Presentation
  • Poster

Full details of these presentation types can be found below. All abstracts submitted must follow the formatting rules, including those submitted as part of the adjoining ARTN conference. Please download, read, and edit the Proposal Template when preparing a submission.



Submission deadline

All proposals must be submitted  by Tuesday, 21 November, 2017 at 12.00 noon (Australian Central Standard Time).

Acceptance Notification

Corresponding Authors will be informed of acceptance or rejection via email in mid-December 2017. If successful, authors must accept the invitation to present by 21 January 2018. For each accepted Paper, Round Table Discussion, or 5×5 Presentation, at least one author will be required to register for and attend the conference.

If your proposal is not immediately accepted for a panel or poster, you may be contacted at a later date to present if spaces become available on the program.

Authorship limits

Each individual may only appear as an author a maximum of three times within the conference.


We will not be able to accept requests for scheduling of any presentation type

Please Note: Round Table Discussions will be scheduled in time slots between 11:00am, Tuesday 17 April and 14:30pm, Thursday 19 April. Participants are expected to be available for any of the time slots.



Papers are substantial bodies of complete or on-going research, or in-practice methods and developments. Presentation times for Papers are 15 minutes with 10 minutes of questions.

Paper proposals should be in the form of abstracts of up to 500 words. The abstract should include the paper’s main arguments, methods, and findings/conclusions. Also required are a Title and up to five Keywords/phrases.

Papers submissions may be of one of the following categories and, if accepted, will be allocated to streams and sessions containing (as far as is possible) similar categories of papers.

  • Research: this category includes papers addressing theoretical, philosophical or conceptual issues concerning doctoral education, as well as those involving the presentation and analysis of empirical results. It also includes papers focused on informed horizon-scanning and substantive policy reviews. It is expected that papers in this category would be appropriate (after additional work) for submission to a major academic journal.
  • Research-in-progress: this category includes papers/presentations focusing on the early results of larger projects, reports of completed pilot projects which might lead to larger projects, and reports of progress on ongoing programs of research into some aspect of doctoral education. It is expected that the work presented will be informed by the extant literature.
  • Showcase: this category will include administrative and practice developments, and innovations, and experiments in these areas which have not yet been subject to rigorous evaluation.

If accepted for presentation as a ‘research, review or integrative’ paper, authors will be expected to provide a 2,000 word summary of their paper by Monday 5 March 2018 for inclusion on the conference website.

All Paper submissions will also be considered for 5×5 Presentations or Posters if not accepted as Papers.

Round Table Discussions

Round Table Discussions are for addressing an issue of significance to the doctoral education community. A Discussion will run for 90 minutes.

Round Table Discussion proposal should be up to 500 words and should include a summary of and rationale for the Discussion, a description of the proposed structure of the session, and the names and affiliations of participant speakers.Also required are a Title and up to five Keywords/phrases.

5×5 Presentations: The ‘Fast and Furious’ plenary session

The ‘5 by 5’ Presentations are 5 minute presentations delivered with exactly 5 overhead slides. These presentations may address any aspect of doctoral education and innovative approaches are encouraged.

A prize will be awarded for the best presentation as voted for by the audience.

Abstracts for a ‘5×5 Presentation should be up to 250 words in length. The abstract should include the presentation’s main arguments/results and conclusions.Also required are a Title and up to five Keywords/phrases.


Posters cover substantial bodies of complete or on-going research, or in-practice methods and developments. Posters will be displayed digitally. Posters should have 16:9 dimensions (landscape) and be of sufficient resolution to display at an A0 size.

A prize will be awarded for the best poster presentation.

A proposal for a poster presentation should take the form of an abstract of up to 250 words. The abstract should include the work’s main arguments, methods, and findings/conclusions. Also required are a Title and up to five Keywords/phrases.

Other forms of presentation

QPR2018 welcomes innovative forms of presentation beyond those identified above. Enquiries about the possibility of including these in the conference program should be directed in the first instance to Professor Alistair McCulloch at with a copy to


To submit a proposal requires:

  • Corresponding author’s email address
  • Details of each author
  • Proposal title
  • Presentation type
  • Five keywords/phrases
  • Correctly formatted abstract
Please ensure your abstract adheres to the formatting requirements by downloading, reading, and editing the Abstract Template.


Author Naming Convention

In the examples below, the first name is written in red and the last name in blue.

  • If you have only one name, use it as the last name, for example Wayne.
  • If you have several first names and use all of them, use them as the first name, for example Richard John Grayson.
  • If you have middle name(s) or middle initial(s), append them to the first name, for example Michael W. Lane.
  • If you have a name and initials, use the initials as the first name, for example K. E. Kent.