Call for Abstracts

Children in a World of Opportunities: Innovations in Research, Policy, and Practice


The call for abstracts is now closed.

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Click here for detailed guidelines for panel presentations.

The Planning Committee for the 2017 International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) is pleased to invite abstract proposals for oral presentations, interactive poster presentations, and panels relating to the process and findings of child indicators research. This conference presents researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and child advocates the opportunity to share and discuss innovations in research methods and the latest research findings and implications for policy and practice. We encourage submissions related to research, policy, and program initiatives dealing with diverse populations. Submissions that are culturally or ethically relevant relative to a global context are particularly welcomed.

The theme of the 2017 conference is Children in a World of Opportunities: Innovations in Research, Policy, and Practice. We are inviting abstracts that examine the following themes and subthemes, and ask that submissions clearly identify one theme and up to three subthemes of the proposal:


  • Child-focused indicators of social trends, policies, and child wellbeing
  • Child poverty, inequality, and child welfare research
  • Innovations in research design and measurement
  • The use of administrative data in child indicators work
  • Evidence-based practice models
  • Global issues on policies, measurement, and child wellbeing
  • Child wellbeing development practices
  • Social support and education outcomes
  • Social media and wellbeing
  • Children’s rights indicators


  • Poverty, deprivation, material well-being, and inequality
  • Physical and mental health
  • Subjective wellbeing
  • Disabilities
  • Early childhood and adolescent development and education
  • Maltreatment
  • Violence
  • Care arrangements
  • Participation and children’s voices
  • Migration and refugees
  • Climate change and environment
  • Sexual identity and gender orientation

ISCI 2017 seeks to highlight excellence and innovation in original research with policy and practice implications. Scholars working on child indicators research in any country and from any theoretical framework are invited to submit abstracts for unpublished research. Submissions in all substantive areas using scientifically sound qualitative and/or quantitative methods are welcomed. Panel presentations featuring evidence-based initiatives and participants from different sectors are welcomed in particular.

The deadline for abstract submissions is: October 15th, 2016

General abstract guidelines:

Authors will be asked to identify two themes and up to three subthemes relevant to the abstract submission (see themes and subthemes listed above).

All abstracts must be submitted in English. Please structure abstracts of 300-500 words in the following format and do not include diagrams or list of references:

  • Thematic relevance: Include a brief discussion of how your submission relates to the conference topic of: Children in a World of Opportunities: Innovations in Research, Policy and Practice;
  • Background and Purpose section: problem description, study objectives, research question(s) and/or hypothesis(es);
  • Methods section: explanation of the study design, including a description of the participants and sampling methods, procedures for data collection, measures, and analytic and/or statistical approach;
  • Results section: summarize findings;
  • Conclusions and Implications section: describe the outcomes of the study as well as the practice and policy implications, and include suggestions for further research.

As part of the online submission, a 50-75 words bio must be provided for each co-author. Please write bios in the 3rd person.

Presentation formats are as follows:

  • Interactive Poster: A display area will be provided. It is expected that the author(s) will be present at the poster location during the specified presentation time(s) to discuss the contents with the conference participants. Further instructions will be provided in the abstract acceptance letter.
  • Oral Presentation: The time allocated for oral presentations is 20 minutes (15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for discussion and questions). Oral presentations will be grouped together in a chaired session according to topic and theme.
  • Panel Presentation: A panel presentation is a session [lasting 60 or 90 minutes] organized by applicant(s) that includes three to five papers that address a common theme and includes at least three presenting authors. Panel submissions are particularly encouraged.  Click here for specific guidelines for submitting a panel presentation.

Authors will be asked to identify their preferred presentation format. However, the Conference Scientific Committee may propose an alternative presentation format for proposed oral presentations/poster abstracts.  All abstracts will be subject to a blind peer review by 2 members of the Conference Scientific Committee. In order to accommodate as many and varied presenters as possible, the organizers have limited presenting authors to two (2) abstract submissions as first author and presenter. This limit applies to presentations of oral papers, panel contributions, and posters. However, the limit does not apply in the case of co-authorship. Presenters may also volunteer to chair panels and moderate oral presentations. By submitting an abstract the author(s) are agreeing to the print and electronic publication of the abstract.

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