Call for Papers

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We welcome proposals for papers as well as parallel workshop and panels focused on the relationship between technology, sustainable development and social issues ranging from the economic and ethical to the cultural and environmental.  

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another conference or journal.

Conference Themes include (but are not limited to)

  • Sustainable Development (including ICT4D) and Humanitarian Technology
    • Technological and Social Innovation supporting the UN SDGs (including eAgriculture, eEducation, Energy and eHealth)
    • Collaborative Open Innovation and Multi-Stakeholder Co-Design
  • Ethics/Human Values
    • Socio-Cultural Differences
    • Ethical Standards, Autonomous Vehicles and Artificial Intelligence
    • Ethical Use of Big Data, Blockchain, Human Genome Editing, IoT, Neurotechnology & Open Data
    • Balancing Personalisation with Personal Privacy
    • Balancing National Security with Personal Privacy
  • Universal Access
    • Digital Literacy
    • 21st Century Skills
    • Current Challenges in Technology Policy
  • Societal Impacts (including traditionally disadvantaged communities)
    • Rural and Resource Constrained Communities
    • Indigenous Peoples
    • Women and Youth
    • Elderly and Differently Abled
  • Protecting the Planet
    • Green Technology
    • GEOValue
    • Climate and Environment
    • Sustainable Technologies

A paper will only be published in the Conference Proceedings if the author or a co-author registers for the Conference. Any author or co-author can only present one paper in the program.

Papers accepted for the Conference Proceedings and presented during the conference by their author or co-author will be submitted for publication in IEEE Xplore.

Some papers may be selected for revision and publication in a special issue of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and/or IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society.

Workshop/Panel Submissions
2 page workshop and panel submissions for a 90 minute timeslot in a parallel session should be sent by email up to 30 August to

Please outline the objectives, alignment with conference theme, proposed presenters and expected impact. There must be a minimum of three  unique presenters confirmed for workshops and panels, each of whom must register for the conference.

For paper, panel or workshop related queries, please contact


Extended Paper submission deadline (4,000 – 5,000 Words) (Submission mechanism closes 23:59 GMT 01 September)
Parallel Discussion Panel and Participatory Workshop  proposal deadline (Submit to 30 August 2019
Accept/Reject Notification for Papers 23 Sept 2019
Final Paper Submission  07 Oct 2019
Author and Presenter Registration Deadline 07 Oct 2019


All submissions are evaluated using the same criteria

  • Relevance (consider Social Implications, address Conference Themes)
  • Validity (well argued, evidence-based, grounded in theory)
  • Significance/Original Contribution
  • Methodological Basis and Rigor
  • Balance, Structure and Clarity


Paper submissions for IEEE ISTAS 2019 will follow a single stage review and acceptance process, should align with at least one of the topics listed above, be 4000 – 5000 words max. on up to 6 pages, and comply with the IEEE format and specifications as described in the ISTAS 2019 Paper Template.

Acceptance/rejection of full papers is based on blind peer review by the ISTAS 2019 Technical Program Committee. Please ensure that no author or co-author contact details are provided within the text or properties of the document when submitted. These are to be added to the final version of accepted papers to be included in the conference proceedings  and submitted for publication in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.


Authors whose draft papers were accepted following the peer review should submit the final updated paper (taking account of the feedback provided by the Technical Program Committee) by email to by 30 September. Please also attach a brief explanation outlining how the feedback from the Technical Program Committee has been addressed.

As we need to be able to both edit and brand papers accepted in the conference proceedings, final accepted papers must be submitted in Word Format. (.doc). This is why we strongly recommend you prepare your paper submission in Word Format. Even if you are using an open source authoring tool, it should allow you to save in Word Format. Instructions will be provided to accepted authors.

The camera ready paper should include all author details (Name, Organisation, Country, email) using the style provided in the paper template.  No author biographies should be included in the paper.  All final papers should be carefully proof read prior to submission.

The author will receive a copy of the version to be included in the proceedings during October. They will then sign the copyright document online.


Each accepted paper will be allotted 15 minutes in the Conference program for authors to give an oral presentation of the paper and to respond to any questions or comments from the audience. A PowerPoint template will be sent to presenters in the program in late October.  The final presentation PowerPoint should be submitted by email to by 08 November.