Provisional Peer Review Process

Please note this process is still under review, to ensure that it conforms to Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) requirements.
Call for Papers 11 January2022
Abstracts & Industry Proposals Due 10 February 2022
Review Outcomes Confirmed May - June 2022
Invitation for Full papers June - July 2022
Deadline for Full papers 3 August 2022
Peer Review of Full Paper Process 20 August 2022
Conference Presentations 30-31 August 2022
Submission of Full Paper and Supporting Documents 31 October 2022
Conference Review of Outliers November 2022
Conference Proceedings Finalized December 2022
Conference Papers Published on Website January 2023

Submission of Abstracts

Only online submissions will be accepted. The abstract should be a statement of the problem, approach, results, and conclusions of the work, and should clearly state the paper’s contribution to the field. Abstract proposals must not exceed 300 words. The Futures and Beyond Conference is open for submission of abstracts until 31st January 2022.
Click here to submit an abstract.

Conference Committee Review of Submissions

Authors should anticipate that not all the abstracts submitted will be accepted. The decision taken by the conference committee's is final.

PDF’s of each abstract will be available for download and will be categorised per discipline. The Committee Members will critically review all abstracts.

Criteria for acceptance of abstracts

  1. Does the paper address the conference theme?
  2. Does the paper contribute to an Africa-centric discourse and knowledge development at the intersection of Creativity and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)? Is it relevant to local theory and practice, technologies, methodologies, knowledge, curricular, pedagogy and assessment?
  3. Does the paper present an academically sound argument that contributes to original, evidence-based research output (and not simply opinion or hearsay)?
  4. Weighting to ensure the Conference as a whole includes a balance of stimulating and unusual topics that challenge the status quo, as well as the broadest range of institutions, disciplines, learning theories and authors.

Acceptance of Abstract

Authors will be notified by email if their abstract has been accepted.

If an abstract has been accepted "only with modification", the author is required to take note of any comments and either adjust their abstract and/or address these issues in the full paper. Failure to address issues in the paper, presentation or post-presentation Q&A, can result in the full paper being rejected for publication in the final conference proceedings.

Full Paper Submission

This part of the process will be finlaised in 2022 – 2023.

The project coordinator will move accepted abstracts to the Futures and Beyond webpage under Accepted Abstracts.

Full papers are in MS Word format - a Word template will be provided. The Full Paper must not have content that identifies the author.

Papers are uploaded to the Abstract. Authors may update their abstract at this point - revisions are tracked. Papers that no longer correspond to the critical aspects of their abstract may be rejected.

Full Paper Peer Review

Each paper is reviewed in a double-blind peer-review process i.e. anonymity for both authors and reviewers. Authors do not know who conducted their reviews, Reviewers do not know whose paper they are reviewing.

At the beginning of the review period, Peer Reviewers are requested to confirm that they are available to review papers. Peer Reviewers should be aware that the minimum time required to review a paper is 45 minutes and most Reviewers will be given 6-8 papers. At least a full day should be set aside.

Peer Reviewers are pre-registered on the Futures and Beyond – Review Web Portal and must submit their assessments via the website.

Peer Reviewers complete their review which involves a sliding scale of fixed questions, plus a free-form assessment. Peer reviewers should be prepared to provide some detail, particularly for a negative evaluation.

Full Papers are evaluated against the following criteria

  1. The research is relevant to the conference thematic approach.
  2. The title, abstract and keywords accurately reflect the paper’s contents.
  3. The paper is evidence-based, and clearly define the methodology, research tools and research questions
  4. The paper clearly states the problem, outcomes, findings, or conclusions. The structure is clear and logical.
  5. The paper includes sufficient, relevant learning theory and is such knowledge clearly portrayed and correctly cited.
  6. The paper presents new knowledge or insights and contributes to teaching or learning in a creative discipline.
  7. Ethical requirements have been addressed, including how the research was conducted.
  8. The paper adheres to the style guidelines? References must be relevant and accurate.

A full list of the peer reviewers is included in the Conference Proceedings.

Peer Reviewers Notes

If you are invited to review a full paper, please consider:

  1. Is the Paper within your area of expertise?
  2. Are you sure you will complete the review by the deadline?

Peer Reviewers are expected to provide a critical assessment of the paper and may recommend modifications.

The role of the Peer Review is to assess the academic validity and relevance of the paper. Please refrain from “track changes” in order to move or edit paragraphs, or give an opinion on a theoretical viewpoint. Your role is to assess the overall paper.

Conference Committee Members Review

The conference review committee makes decisions where there is a significant discrepancy between reviewer evaluations. Where the Conference committee members requires a revision, the Final Paper will not be published if the author does not address serious issues in their Final Paper or presentation, or at their Q&A. Any identified plagiarism will automatically disqualify a paper.

Acceptance of Full Paper

Authors are advised of acceptance of their full paper by email.

Submission of Final Paper

Authors submit their Final Paper by email to the project coordinators. They are welcome to include supporting documents, presentations or links that might interest the delegates.

Pre-event Publishing

The Futures and Beyond: Creativity and 4IR Conference web portal will include sections for each author (categorised by discipline). Each author may choose to include pre-event reading materials, supporting documents, presentations or links that might interest the delegates. The portal content is still to be finalized but could include discussion forums and an opportunity to network with the author and other delegates interested in this topic and discipline.

The web portal will be available from 3 weeks prior to the conference, to give delegates an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the papers and topics.

Conference Presentation

Papers must be presented at the virtual conference by the author or a co-author. Only in extreme cases and with the pre-approval of the Conference Committee, may a paper be presented by a third party.

If the author is unable to present on the day, the paper will not be included in the conference proceedings even if it was accepted. Please ensure that you are available for the conference on 30 – 31 August 2022.

It is expected that the portal and related visual exhibitions will be available for up to one month after the conference, to give delegates an opportunity to continue to explore topics and network.

Revision of Final Paper

Authors have an opportunity to update their papers after the conference. The final approved paper will be published under the Conference Proceedings tab.

Preparation of Conference Proceedings

This is a lengthy task and must be completed accurately to ensure that we retain our status as an accredited Academic Publication. As this often takes place in conjunction with year-end, please be patient.


The full conference proceedings are published on the website, together with each individual paper with abstract and author information.