Application to present at the 2020 AJEC Research Symposium is NOW CLOSED

Hosted by Macquarie University

Venue: Macquarie University, North Ryde New South Wales

The Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (AJEC) is Australasia’s foremost scholarly journal and the world’s longest-running major journal within the early childhood field. Published quarterly, AJEC offers research-based articles that are designed to impart new information and encourage the critical exchange of ideas among early childhood practitioners, academics and students.

The 2020 AJEC Research Symposium, Children’s rights and research, will be held on 13 and 14 February 2020 at Macquarie University, North Ryde, Sydney, Australia. The objective of the symposium is to encourage childhood practitioners, researchers, academics and students to share innovative research methodologies and findings through cutting-edge partnerships and collaborations, and to strengthen the research networks in Australasia and beyond.

This research symposium will explore notions of rights, and is calling for researchers to address one or more of the following themes:

Children’s right to:

  • an ethical voice in research
  • a competent and skilled workforce
  • cultural identity and belonging
  • learn in a digital age

The research symposium’s aim is to be a platform for the participants to explore current perspectives, agendas and research from the early childhood education sector.

Key dates*

Item Deadline
Application to present opens 29 August 2019
Application to present closes Extended to Thursday 7 November 10 am
Committee abstract reviews completed and authors notified of outcome 20 November 2019
Presenter registration deadline 10 January 2020
Full manuscripts for publication due 28 February 2020
Final program published on website January 2020

*Please note: dates are subject to change. Candidates will be informed of changes to the schedule.

Application process

Applications are now open for potential presenters. To apply, please submit an abstract of your research paper relevant to the theme, Children’s rights and research. Successful applicants will be asked either to present, or present and publish.

Submission requirements

Abstracts and biographies

Abstracts and presenter biographies are to be submitted during the application process. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words. These will be put through a blind review process conducted by AJEC reviewers. At the end of the abstract, presenters must offer two or three questions that can be used as provocations for researchers and interested stakeholders to discuss.

The biographies must be no more than 150 words (for individuals) or 250 words (for groups).

Format preference

Applicants must identify their preferred format of presentation. However, please note that the final formats will be decided through the review process.

Types of presentations

Roundtable discussion

This will be an individual paper presentation of 30 minutes (including a five-minute Q&A segment on that paper) given as an oral, roundtable discussion by a single presenter or team of presenters.

Roundtable presentations will not have access to audio–visual equipment and should prepare for a discussion format. A facilitator will be assigned to each themed group to assist in a group discussion once all papers have been presented.

Flash presentations on theoretical perspectives OR methodologies

This format will include presenters giving individual paper presentations of 10 minutes each (plus five minutes for questions). There will be two or three themed presentations per session, and the discussions will be guided by a facilitator. This will be a competitive review process, as there will be limited places available. Preference will be given to innovative and thought-provoking perspectives.

Presenters will have access to a projector and will need to prepare a visual presentation (e.g. in PowerPoint or PechaKucha format [maximum 10 slides]).

Review process

  • All proposals submitted for presentation at the symposium will go through a blind review process conducted by the AJEC reviewers.
  • All applications to present will be assessed to ensure the quality and relevance of the presentations in accordance with the AJEC Reviewer Guidelines and ECA selection criteria.
  • Once the blind review is completed, all applicants will be notified of the outcome.

Selection criteria

Roundtable selection criteria will be based on:

  • relevance to the symposium theme
  • treatment of theoretical or methodological perspective
  • congruence between aims of the project or research questions and/or focus of inquiry
  • clarity of explanation of research methods and/or analytical and/or theoretical framework, in brief
  • strength of emphasis on research findings and/or translation to practice and contribution to the sector.

Flash presentation selection criteria will be based on:

  • innovation
  • treatment of theoretical or methodological perspective.

Free of commercial interest

Any paper that is selling or promoting a particular product or commercial service will not be accepted.

For more information, please contact:

Early Childhood Australia

P: (02) 6242 1800

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Outcome/Final selection


Assessed abstracts will be classified under three categories.

  • Accepted—Present and publish: Selected authors will be given the opportunity to present at the AJEC Research Symposium and get the option to submit a full paper to be published in the AJEC special edition in 2020. All papers to be published will go through a blind review process.
  • Accepted—Present only: Selected delegates will get the opportunity to present at the AJEC Research Symposium, but will not get their papers published in the AJEC special edition.
  • Rejected: No further information or submissions will be required.

Publication of papers

Besides presenting, some authors will be invited to publish full-length papers in the 2020 special edition of AJEC. All papers accepted for publication will go through the established blind review process, which will be conducted by the AJEC Editorial Committee.

There will be a maximum of 15 full papers selected for the AJEC special edition—published online and in hard copy format. Full papers will have to be submitted by 28 February 2020.

Please note: There’s no publication guarantee. This means papers can still be rejected or be held for later publication. Authors selected for publication must be in attendance and present at the symposium. Authors who do not present will lose the opportunity of having their papers published in the special edition.

Invitation to present at the 2020 ECA National Conference

Some presenters may be invited to present their research, with implications for practitioners, at the 2020 ECA Conference in September. Further instructions will be provided by the ECA Events team, as required.

Terms and conditions

Application requirements

  • Applications must be submitted online no later than 29 October 2019. Applications received in any other way, including hard copy, or after the due date, will not be accepted.
  • Applicants must include a 150-word biography (for individuals) or a 200-word biography (for groups) when submitting their abstracts.
  • Abstracts must be no more than 500 words, and must be submitted electronically via the specified portal. (All selected presentation abstracts and biographies will undergo copy editing before being printed in the symposium program.)
  • Applications must address the selection criteria.
  • Abstracts will go through a review process to ensure quality and diversity.

After selection: Presentation requirements and options

Successful applicants selected to present:

  • must be available to speak at any time during the symposium
  • must register by 10 January 2020*
  • will be given the option of bringing copies of a two-page summary (one A4 page, front and back).

* Presenter registration

A condition of being able to present is that all presenters must register for the symposium. Only three (3) presenters per paper will receive the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) member discount rate for full event registration. Abstracts will be withdrawn from the program if registration and payment have not been received by 10 January 2020.

Before you submit online, please ensure that you have read and understood this information.

If you have any questions, please contact the symposium office for more information:
P: (02) 6242 1800
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