12th Convention of the International Confederation of Principals

3-6 August 2015 - Helsinki, Finland

Call for Papers for Scientific symposium

Announcement of Call for Papers for the 12th World Convention of the International Confederation of Principals (ICP)
3-6 of August 2015 in Helsinki, Finland.

The 12th World Convention of the International Confederation of Principals will be an excellent opportunity for school leaders, educators, academics and professionals in areas related to education to interact and share ideas and experiences with participants from both within as well as outside their own country and areas of specialization. The theme of the convention is “Leading Educational Design”.

Practical information

We encourage proposals focusing on the conference theme, or exploring any aspect of the breadth and depth of the field of educational leadership.

Two types of proposals are invited:

Individual paper proposals (A full paper proposal 250-300 words)
Accepted proposals will be assigned to multiple paper sessions, each presenter having 20 minute for presentation followed by 10 minute discussion. 

The manuscript for a full paper is 4500-7500 words in length (including references, tables and figures). All full papers are double blind peer reviewed and must follow standard academic conventions (APA).

Symposium proposals (250-300 words)
Symposia are intended to be interactive 60 or  90 minute sessions of several presenters that allow for more in-depth examination of a specific  topic or experience (research findings, policy issues, initiatives, research methods). 

The manuscript for a symposium, 3000-4500 words. All papers in this section are editorially reviewed and must be clearly and coherently written.

All proposals must be submitted by email to scientific@surefire.fi by 15th May 2015.

Once submitted your form, you will receive a confirmation via email noting that your submission has been received.
It is your responsibility to follow-up if you do not receive the confirmation email.

The presenting author will be required to register for the Convention in order to ensure their abstract(s) is included in the final program. Deadline for presenting author registration is 8th  June 2015.

Early Bird registration deadline          9th March 2015
Author registration deadline               8th June 2015

PhD, Pekka Kanervio
University of Jyväskylä
Institute of Educational Leadership
+358 400 247 422



Following guidelines should be used in preparing the papers


Please write your text in good English (British usage is preferred). National colloquialisms, sexist language, and idiomatic use of language should be avoided.

All manuscripts should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2001, 5th edition; for more details, please see: http://www.apastyle.org) and should be double-spaced.


Word limit

Manuscripts for full paper should be between 4,500 and 7,500 words in length (including references, tables and figures). All full papers are double blind peer reviewed and must follow standard academic conventions (APA).


In case the writer does not prefer the refereed full paper he/she could write a symposium or work shop paper. The manuscripts for the symposium paper should be between 3000-4500 words. All papers in this section are editorially reviewed and must be clearly and coherently written.

Language polishing

Authors are required to conduct language editing by native readers.


Provide the following data on the title page (in the order given)

Title. Concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author names and affiliations. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name, and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who is willing to handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.

Abstract. A concise and factual abstract is required (maximum length 250 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose the research, the principal results and major conclusions.


Keywords. Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, "and", "of").


Abbreviations. Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field at their first occurrence in the article: in the abstract but also in the main text after it. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.


N.B. Acknowledgements. Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise.


Arrangement of the article

Subdivision of the article. Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.


Introduction. State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.


Results. Results should be clear and concise.


Discussion. This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.


Conclusions. The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.


Appendices. If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc.


Acknowledgements. Place acknowledgements, including information on grants received, before the references, in a separate section, and not as a footnote on the title page.


Figure captions, tables, figures, schemes. Present these, in this order, at the end of the article. They are described in more detail below. High-resolution graphics files must always be provided separate from the main text file. The locations of the figures etc. must be represented in the text (e.g. (Figure 1.)


Specific remarks

Footnotes. Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article, using superscript Arabic numbers. Many wordprocessors build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Should this not be the case, indicate the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves on a separate sheet at the end of the article. Do not include footnotes in the Reference list.


Table footnotes. Indicate each footnote in a table with a superscript lowercase letter.


Tables. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters. Avoid vertical rules. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.



Responsibility for the accuracy of bibliographic citations lies entirely with the authors.

Citations in the text: Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either "Unpublished results" or "Personal communication" Citation of a reference as "in press" implies that the item has been accepted for publication.


Citing and listing of Web references. As a minimum, the full URL should be given. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.


Text: Citations in the text should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association. You are referred to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fifth Edition, ISBN 1-55798-790-4, copies of which may be ordered from: http://www.apa.org/books/4200061.html or: APA Order Dept., P.O.B. 2710, Hyattsville, MD 20784, USA or APA, 3 Henrietta Street, London, WC3E 8LU, UK. Details concerning this referencing style can also be found at: http://linguistics.byu.edu/faculty/henrichsenl/apa/apa01.html.


List: References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters "a", "b", "c", etc., placed after the year of publication.



Reference to a journal publication: Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J. A. J., & Lupton R. A. (2000). The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of Scientific Communications, 163, 51-59.


Reference to a book: Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (1979). The elements of style. (3rd ed.). New York: Macmillan.


Reference to a chapter in an edited book: Mettam, G. R., & Adams, L. B. (1994). How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In B. S. Jones, & R. Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the electronic age (pp. 281-304). New York: E-Publishing Inc.