Abstracts – submissions now closed

Abstract submissions closed Wednesday 14 November 2018.

Session Themes

New Leadership Approaches for an Adapting World

  • Expanding the research administrator’s skill-sets and tool boxes.
  • Adapting to millennial researchers and evolving relationships with faculty members (e.g. co-creators with researchers).
  • Exploring new management frameworks for global research administration – going beyond agile and lean.

This theme welcomes papers on new approaches in leadership and management of Research Offices. Many offices use approaches such as systems thinking, design thinking, agile techniques (and more) to improve effectiveness of operations. Such approaches rely on knowledgeable and motivated cross-functional teams and often also require different leadership styles to those of past times. Abstracts addressing these issues are welcomed.

Embracing Technology and Understanding Data

  • Threats (security, privacy, etc.).
  • Benchmarking research administration and research performance.
  • Impacts of open data, big data, robotics, digitalisation on research management.

The use of AI, big data, automation, and other digital technologies are well understood in research disciplines. This theme aims to elicit papers from research administrators/managers using data or digital technology to improve research management effectiveness. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of research performance data to drive research strategies, or research administration itself, as well as the use of digital technologies to modernize and improve research services.

Servicing New Measurement Paradigms

  • Sorting the True and Fake in rankings and research output measures (i.e. altmetrics).
  • Understanding impact through social media and non-traditional communication of research findings (podcasting, YouTube, etc.).

New research performance measurement paradigms; such as, research impact, is requiring research administrators to develop new definitions of impact, new processes, new data collection techniques, new systems and develop new models of service. At the same time traditional information sources, eg publication providers are producing a larger range of information enabling new insights into researcher patterns (network analysis etc). This theme invites papers from research administrators commenting on new or changed positions, structures or mechanisms required to deliver and/or service these needs.

Abstract Information

How to Submit an Abstract

When abstracts are open, presenting authors will need to create an account within the online abstract submission portal by providing contact details before you can submit an abstract. This person will become the contact for correspondence regarding the submission.

The online submission process takes you through a step by step guide to submission and allows you to submit multiple abstracts, as well as save your submission as a draft and return to make any required edits. Once the abstract has gone from draft mode and been submitted, you will not be able to make any further changes. If at anytime throughout the process you need assistance, please email arms_events@researchmanagement.org.au


Submission Information

  • Submit your abstract online through the speaker portal website.
  • Be concise – Abstracts must not exceed 250 words and must relate to one of the identified event themes.
  • Submit your abstract in a word document.
  • Select an interesting and engaging title – no more than twenty (20) words.
  • Identify the presenter’s name(s) – identify which presenter is nominated for contact; note that proxy delegations for successful abstract presenters will not be permitted.
  • Identify the presenter’s contact details – including institution, address, email address and telephone number.
  • Provide an indication of preferred presentation format (theme leader, oral presenter or workshop presenter). Note: inclusion in a particular presentation format is at the discretion of the Program Co-Chairs.
  • Submission must be made in any one of the 3 session themes listed above.
  • Submissions may not be advertisements of institutions as would be more typical of vendor or institution exhibits. Abstracts must be academic and/or professional in nature.


Presentation Type

  • Oral Presentation: Submissions should describe research, case studies or professional initiatives conducted by the authors under one of the event themes. Abstracts should clearly outline the topic being covered.
  • Workshops: We are also accepting submissions for consideration for half day workshops. Workshops will run on Monday 25 and submissions must describe research, case studies or professional initiatives conducted by the authors under one of the event themes. Abstracts should clearly outline the topic being covered.

Review of Abstracts

All submissions will be sent for peer review by a panel of experts. Each abstract will be reviewed and scored by reviewers. The scores will be submitted to the Program Co-Chairs who will determine which abstracts are accepted and best suited for each presentation type.

The Program Co-Chairs reserve the right to adjust presentation times, move proposed presentations into alternative session themes and may request that proposed presentations be combined or adapted. Authors for all presentation types will be notified via email of their acceptance.


Terms and Conditions for Abstract Submission

  • Abstracts must be submitted online no later than 14 November 2018.
  • The acceptance of an abstract for the event does not imply provision of travel, accommodation or registration for the event, nor any other costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract or presenter’s attendance.
  • All authors presenting at the event must register and pay to attend.
  • Authors agree to permit the event organisers to publish the abstract in the event handbook and other materials as required.
  • If the author(s) have any commercial interests or associations that might pose a conflict of interest regarding this submission, they must be declared.
  • Authors must confirm the submission has been approved by all associated authors and is original work.