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Call for Papers - 8th ICSD-2020

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Abstract Submission Deadline for submitting the abstract is March 10th, 2020.
Manuscript Submission Deadline for submitting the paper is April 10th, 2020, at 16.00 CET


Conference Objective and Philosophical Framework

The International Conference on Sustainable Development is organized by the European Center of Sustainable Development in collaboration with CIT University.


The 8th ICSD 2020 is inspired from the critical challenge of human, environmental, and economic sustainability concerning the present and future generations in a global-scale context.

The Conference venue is Roma Eventi, Congress Center
Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy

Wednesday 9 to Thursday 10 September, 2020


The Conference theme is:


"Creating a unified foundation for the Sustainable Development: research, practice and education".


This theme emphasizes the strong foundation that is provided by using research to inform our everyday practices, policies, and analytical approaches.


The 2020 Conference will once again provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, presentation of research findings, and discussion of professional issues relevant to Sustainability Science.


This ambition will proceed in a multidisciplinary way across the various fields and perspectives, through which we can address the fundamental and related questions of Sustainable Development. This interdisciplinary forum is for scholars, teachers, and practitioners from any professional discipline who share an interest in—and concern for— sustainability in an holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic and social concerns intersect.


We invite you to submit an abstract in the range of the following streams within the ICSD2020 program:



    Financial Sustainability, SME, MicroFinance,

    Emerging Countries, International Trade,



    Water and Soil conservation, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction,

    Renewable Energies, Food and Enviromental Legislation



    Sustainable Urbanism, Education, Governance Sustainability, 

    Human Development, Psychology, Sociology


We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, posters/exhibits, or virtual presentation. Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered.  For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this community send an e-mail at: Virtual participation is available for those who are unable to attend the conference in person.  All conference registrants (in-person and virtual) can be published in the European Journal of Sustainable Development.



Several types of information will be requested when you submit your proposal, but the "Long Description" is the central and most important component.  It contains the information which reviewers use to evaluate the proposal and, if your presentation is ultimately published in the journal, serves at the Abstract of the journal article.    While each proposal should address the purpose, methods, and implications of the scholarly work, the content within these general categories will vary somewhat, based on the type of scholarly work to be presented and the type of presentation you choose.  Illustrations of the topics, or elements, to be addressed in the proposal are presented below. Please note that all proposals and presentations must be in English or Italian.



Research Focus

Thesis statement:  the hypothesis, research statement, statement of the problem or issue being explored.

Methodology: brief overview of research method used to address the research question identified in the thesis statement. For the proposal, include information on the type of data collected (e.g., surveys, interviews, tests, literary analysis or critique, observations) but not on design, sampling, or data analyses techniques (these should be explained in the full paper).

Results: the main findings of the study, resulting from the methods used.

Conclusions and Implications:  what the results mean for the field of study or for society; relate back to the thesis statement.


Practice Focus

Framework: the scholarly knowledge base--theoretical framework, previous research, or conceptual approach--upon which the practical application is based.

Description of practical application: what was designed or developed, how was it implemented, in what setting and with whom?

Outcomes: what has been learned from the implementation, what strengths and weaknesses have been identified?

Implications: what are the next steps or the implications for future practice or for society. 


Theory Focus

Statement of the hypothesis, theoretical perspective, or philosophical idea being asserted.

Relationship to existing theories or perspectives in the field.

Contribution: how proposed idea advances knowledge in the field or benefits society.


III. Type of Presentation: Oral, Virtual, Poster/Exhibit

The type of presentation you plan will also have implications for the information you include in the Long Description.


Oral Presentation 

Accepted papers will be organized into thematic sessions or roundtable discussions and, while the preparation for your presentation may be different for these two formats, the content of your proposal should include all of the elements of a research, practice, or theory-focused work listed above.


Virtual Presentation

The ICSD has instituted a virtual presentation system to allow the authors of accepted papers the same publication opportunities as regular presenters. A research work submitted without the participant attending the Conference in person, but presented in the Conference Program and published (if accepted) in the conference proceedings and EJSD Journal.

In addition to your written proposal included in the proceedings, authors selected for virtual presentation will be asked to produce a power point presentation, that will be displayed in the exposition area at the conference. The presentation should clearly describe the type of information that will be displayed. The presentation should be a visual presentation of your submitted abstract and should meet the minimum following criteria:


Title: The title should be the same as in the submitted abstract.


The authors’ names and their affiliations: Your usual contact details (e.g. an email address) to allow delegates to follow up discussion


Size: The power point presentation should not exceed 10MB of size. It can be more than one page.

Please check on the Conference program in which session your virtual session is scheduled.

Deadline for Virtual presentation Submission: 25 July 2020.


Download the power point template for virtual presentation



In addition to your written proposal included in the proceedings, authors selected for a poster presentation will be asked to produce and bring along a printed poster for display in the poster area at the conference. Generally most appropriate for "practice-focused" works (or works in progress), a poster/exhibit proposal may concentrate on one aspect, for example, "description of the practical application".  The proposal should clearly describe the type of information (or product) that will be displayed. The poster should be a visual presentation of your submitted abstract and should meet the minimum following criteria:


Title: The title should be the same as in the submitted abstract.


The authors’ names and their affiliations: Your usual contact details (e.g. an email address) to allow delegates to follow up discussion


Size: The poster must be 50cm x 70cm format and portrait style orientation.


The area for posters will be at the Alighieri Hall. Please check on the Conference program in which session your poster is scheduled. We are offering a free poster printing service for the conference, the latest date to submit art work is 10 July 2020. Delegates that submit after this date, should produce and bring along their posters.


Deadline for Poster Submission: 10 July 2020.


Download the poster template


IV. Steps for Presenting at the Conference

Preparing to present your scholarly work at the annual conference consists of the following steps, each of which is explained in detail in the indicated link(s).


1. Prepare your proposal

Consider the most appropriate Proposal Type for your topic and stage of work. 

Review the Proposal Guidelines for the topics to be included in the proposal.

Prepare the proposal for online submission and note the current submission deadline.


2. Submit your Proposal

On the web site you can Download the proposal form

Enter all the requested information, and choose the Themes and Keywords that best fit  your presentation.

Your proposal will be reviewed within 1-4 weeks of receipt.


3. Register to attend Conference and submit your manuscript

If your proposal is accepted, declare your intention to attend and present your work by registering for the conference and send your manuscript at

Remember that your presentation cannot be scheduled until your registration is complete and fully paid. 


4. prepare your presentation

Note your presentation date:  Depending on when you submitted your proposal and completed registration, your presentation will appear in either the draft program (posted 3 weeks prior to the conference start date).



Download the proposal form and follow the directions; or contact us for assistance.


Important Note: You may submit multiple proposals for a conference.  However, in the interest of fairness and as a function of the scheduling process, each presented paper must have a separate registered author.  Therefore, you may co-author up to 3 presented papers, but there must be 3 registered participants--one available to present each of the three papers.  In other words, there must be at least one, paid, in-person registration per paper presented at the conference.




Authors Guidelines

General Requirements

All manuscript should be written in English or Italian language. The abstract should be written only in English.


We only accept text files or files in .doc or .docx format (such as from Microsoft Word). We do not accept PDF submissions.


Articles should be approximately 2,000-5,000 words in length and should not exceed 10 pages. They should be written as continuous expository narrative in a chapter or article style—not as lists of points or a PowerPoint presentation.


Please remember that the articles are to be published in a fully refereed academic journal. This means that the style and structure of your text should be relatively formal. For instance, you should not submit a verbatim transcript of your oral presentation, such as ‘Today I want to speak to you about …’.


Article submissions must contain no more than 30% of textual material published in other places by the same author or authors, and these other places must be acknowledged and cited; in other words, the remaining 70% of the article must be unique and original to your current submission.


Submitted manuscripts must not have been published previously, moreover submission to the journal will be deemed to imply that the manuscript will not be submitted elsewhere if accepted.


Authors must ensure the accuracy of citations, quotations, diagrams, tables and maps.


Spelling can vary according to national usage, but should be internally consistent.

Articles should be thoroughly checked and proofread before submission. After you have submitted your article you are unable to make any changes to it during the refereeing process, although if accepted, you will have a chance to make minor revisions after refereeing and before the final submission of your article.


Articles will be assessed by referees against ten criteria or fewer, if some criteria do not apply to a particular kind of article.


An article should comprise of the title, authors, affiliation of authors, a sufficiently informative abstract of about 150-200 words (same as the proposal submission), Keywords, and Introduction of the paper. `End of proof' should be indicated by a halmos. References at the end of the manuscript should be arranged alphabetically.

Articles must have a minimum of ten scholarly references.


Editorial decisions on acceptance or otherwise will be taken normally within 2-3 weeks of receipt of a paper, for papers submitted before the late deadline. Generally no review is performed during the month of August.


The corresponding author will receive galley proofs, which should be corrected and returned within 48 hours of receipt.


Authors must retain a copy of every contribution, as these will not be sent along

with the proofs to be corrected by the authors.

Responsibility of the contents rests upon the authors and not upon the publisher.


In case of Acceptance a manuscript should be submitted in Word file and should not exceed 10 pages.


A possible example can be found at the following link:



Process                                      /    Regular Deadline      /   Late Submission Deadline

Proposal Submission             /    10 March 2020              /   10 June 2020

Notification of Acceptance  /   Before 10 April 2020   /  Before 20 June  2020

Manuscript Submission      /   10 April 2020                 /   25 June  2020

Registration                           /   20 April  2020                  /    25 June 2020