23rd IS Hybrid Conference 2023
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The Department of Information Studies at the University of Zululand cordially invites you to participate in the 23rd Information Studies (IS) conference held at the University of Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa between 5th – 7th September 2023.
The purpose of the conference is to explore and share current research results and experiences of sustainable information for social, economic, and environmental protection goals. We invite researchers worldwide, and especially from Africa, to submit their contributions to the 23rd IS Annual Conference in the form of original full research papers (FRP), research-in-progress (RIP) papers, or posters that have not previously been presented elsewhere and make new contributions to the theme’s theory and practice.

The United Nations General Assembly (2005) utilized the metaphor of 'pillars' to characterize the three constituent parts of sustainable development as social development, economic development, and environmental conservation.
THEME: “Sustainable Information for Education and Development”

SUBTHEMES: Topics of interest on sustainable information (include, but are not limited to:
•    SI and education
•    SI and poverty
•    SI and the economy
•    SI and hunger
•    SI and good health
•    SI and gender equality
•    SI and water and sanitation
•    SI and renewable energy
•    SI and employment
•    SI and innovation
•    SI and information and communication technologies
•    SI and infrastructure
•    SI and inequality
•    SI and sustainable cities and communities
•    SI and environmental protection
•    SI and peace and justice

Submissions are invited on any topic within the main theme and subthemes listed above, in any one of the following formats:
•    Poster Papers (PP): To enable conference participants to interact one-to-one with presenters in workshops.
•    Research-in-Progress (RIP): Ideas for future research or not fully completed research to generate discussion and feedback
•    Full Research Paper (FRP): Completed research for possible publication in the Conference Proceedings.

Kindly note:
•    All presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.
•    At least one of the authors of qualifying papers must be present at the conference.
•    Qualifying papers in FRP format will be published in double blind peer- refereed and the subsidy-attracting South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) conference proceedings or book.

Important dates:
•    Submission of Abstract for Full Research Paper (FRP) by 15th April 2023
•    Notice of acceptance: by 15th May 2023
•    Submission of full research papers (FRP): 15th July 2023
•    Notice of acceptance 30th July 2023
•    Submission of Research-in Progress (RIP) Abstracts: 15th April 2023
•    Notice of acceptance of abstracts: 15th May 2023
•    Submission of RIP papers: 15th July 2023
•    Notice of acceptance of RIP papers: 30th July 2023
•    Submission of poster paper abstracts: 15th April 2023
•    Notice of acceptance: by 15th July 2023

Requirements for submission of Abstracts:
•    Title of paper
•    Name(s) of author(s)
•    Institutional Affiliation
•    E-mail address
•    Maximum of 300 words and to include: purpose of the paper; the central argument and indication of methodology, results and/or conclusions, recommendations and, implication and include 3-5 keywords.
•    Final submissions should be in Arial, font size 12, 1.5 spacing on A4 portrait.
•    FRP papers to include separate title page with names of authors and a separate manuscript

•    Final Full Research Papers: - 3000 – 5000 words
•    Research in Progress Papers: -2000 - 3000 words
•    Final Poster Papers: - Maximum 2000 words

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Registration fees (in ZA rands):

Main conference: 05-06 September 2023
Registration fee: R2000.00
Virtual attendance fee: R1000.00

Students’ session: 07 September 2023
Registration fee: R500.00
Virtual attendance: R250.00

Travel and Visa Requirements:
It is expected that most participants should make their travel arrangements. However, most SADC residents do not require entry VISA to travel to South Africa. For those requiring visas it is advisable to apply in good time to the South African Embassy in your respective countries. The Conference Committee will facilitate letters to confirm the hosting of the conference.


The costs for travel, accommodation and incidentals are the responsibility of the participants. Participants are expected to make their own accommodation arrangements.


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