February 23, 2018

Important Dates & Submission Guidelines

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

1 March 2018 Registration and submission of full-length papers and abstracts (WIP) open.
31 May 2018 Early-bird registration fee ends. Take note: Deadline for payment to qualify for early-bird registration.
30 June 2018 Deadline for the submission of competitive papers (only full-length competitive papers will be published in the conference proceedings). Delegates are encouraged to make early submissions.

Notification of acceptance of abstracts and full-length competitive papers will be provided to authors via e-mail as soon as possible after the double-blind peer-review process.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts for the work-in-progress stream.

15 August 2018 Final submission of corrected full-length competitive papers for publication in conference proceedings. (Papers received after this date is at serious risk of not being published in the proceedings.)
1 September 2018 Deadline for registration. Please note that all fees must be paid by this date to ensure participation in the conference.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Delegates are encouraged to upload their papers via the upload portal (access here) or alternatively email them to IB-Conference@nwu.ac.za before 30 June 2018 (earlier submissions are highly encouraged).
  • Receipt of your paper will be acknowledged. Reviewed abstracts and papers will be returned as soon as possible.
  • The payment of the conference fees does not guarantee the publication of the papers in the proceedings.
  • Papers should be presented by one of the contributing authors at the conference in order to ensure publication in the conference proceedings. Delegates cannot read the paper on behalf of the authors.
  • Papers submitted will be double-blind peer-reviewed by a panel of expert international and local reviewers.
  • Papers should not have been previously published or accepted for publication.
  • The IBC Board strictly adheres to the principle of academic integrity and therefore holds the right to request a turn-it-in report for a full paper or a WIP submission.
  • The conference proceedings will be formally published with an ISBN number and submitted to the Department of Higher Education for accreditation and subsequent subsidy purposes.
  • At least one author must register for and attend the conference to present the paper. All conference attendees must register.
  • Authors will not be allowed to present more than two papers.
  • Very important: All manuscripts should be proofread and edited before submission. A desk edit will be done on all contributions before they are sent out to reviewers and will be returned to the author if not developed according to the guidelines of the IBC conference requirements, or fall within the academic themes of the conference. Please make sure that your paper’s technical and language standards comply.

GUIDELINES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF FULL (COMPETITIVE) PAPERS

  • The competitive stream papers are in line for Best Paper Awards.
  • Submissions should include a title page that clearly indicates: Title(s), name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s); Complete postal address(es); Telephone numbers and email address(es). The next page should only include: Title of paper; Abstract (150 words); Four keywords (terms) that describe the paper best.
  • Take note that the competitive papers should be submitted as full papers (not abstracts).
  • Note that it is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that the information on the title page, as well as the title of the paper, is correct and complete. The IBC Organising Committee will take no responsibility for information wrongly submitted.
  • The following sections should be in the paper: Introduction; Problem investigated; Research objectives and/or hypotheses; Literature review; Research methodology; Results/Findings; Managerial implications; Conclusions, and Reference list.
  • Please note that only competitive papers qualify for subsidy purposes at the Department of Higher Education.
  • Technical requirements:
    • Competitive papers are restricted to 25 pages content.
    • Abstracts should not be longer than 750 words.
    • MS Word documents only.
    • Font: Times New Roman; Font size: 12; Spacing: 1.5-line spacing.
    • Margins: 2.5 cm left margin and 2 cm top, bottom and right margins.
    • Referencing technique: Harvard method or APA style only.

GUIDELINES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS (WORK-IN-PROGRESS)

  • Submissions should include a separate title page that clearly indicates the following: Title(s), name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s); Complete postal address(es); Telephone numbers, and email address(es); Up to four keywords describing the paper to be presented.
  • Abstracts should include: An introduction providing a brief background to the nature of the problem or case study under investigation; Clear formulation of the main problem(s) or issue(s) to be investigated or scrutinised; Preliminary literature review; Envisaged research design and methodology; Preliminary findings; Conclusions and managerial implications/ recommendations; Reference list (if applicable).
  • Note that it is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that the information on the title page as well as the title of the abstract is correct and complete. The IBC Organising Committee will take no responsibility for information wrongly submitted.
  • Take note of the 750-word limitation on abstracts.