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Doctoral Consortium

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NEW (2013-12-13): Unfortunately this pre-conference session has been cancelled

In conjunction with the FSR-Reshaping the library catalogue Conference, February 26 – 28 2014, Rome, Italy. The FSR Doctoral Consortium provides an excellent opportunity both for the beginners as well as the senior PhD students to present their ideas, receive feedback on their work, explore issues of academic and research careers with experienced researchers and professionals in the field and build relationship with other PhD students working in the research areas of FSR. The symposium welcomes submissions by PhD candidates working on the topics of FSR. You can consult the list of FSR Conference topics at


The Doctoral Consortium is open to all PhD Students. PhD Students at the beginning of their work are particularly welcome when they have a specific research proposal with a well-defined problem statement and preliminary results and ideas about the solution that they want to discuss. PhD students in a more advanced stage of their work should still have a sufficient time before completing their dissertation to be able to benefit from the symposium experience.

Submission guidelines

Submissions should be written based on the following structure, which focuses on the key methodological components required for a sound research synthesis:

  • Problem: describe the core problem of the PhD and motivate its relevance
  • State of the art: describe relevant related work
  • Proposed approach: present the approach taken and motivate how this is novel with respect to existing works
  • Methodology: sketch the methodology that is (or will be) adopted and, in particular, the approach to be taken for evaluating the results of the work
  • Results: describe the current status of the work and any results that have been reached so far
  • Conclusions and future work: conclude and specify the major items of future work.
  • Papers should not exceed 30,000 characters. Please provide bibliography with cited works only. Papers must be in PDF (Adobe’s Portable Document Format) format and must be submitted electronically.
  • Submissions must be single-author, on the topic of the doctoral work. The name of the supervisor must be clearly marked (« supervised by … ») on the paper, under the author’s name.
  • All papers must be written in English. Please send your submission directly by email to the Doctoral Consortium coordinator with Subject “FSR 2014 Doctoral Consortium Submission”.
  • Revised versions of the presented papers will be published after the conference in a special issue of, Italian Journal of Library and information science, peer-reviewed and open access,
  • A panel of prominent researchers and professionals in the LIS (Library and Information Science) field participating in the FSR Doctoral Consortium Committee will conduct the workshop. They will review all the submissions and comment on the content of the work as well as on the presentation. Students will have 20 minutes to present their research, focusing on the main theme of their thesis, what they have achieved so far, and how they plan to continue their work. The following 20 minutes are reserved for discussion and feedback from the panel of reviewers. The Doctoral Consortium will take place on a single full day. Up to 10 students will have the opportunity to participate.
  • Awards for Best FSR Doctoral Consortium Paper will be conferred at the FSR Conference on 28th February 2014.

Doctoral Consortium and FSR Conference

Students whose proposals are accepted for presentation at the Doctoral Consortium will be offered support in the form of waived conference fees, but will have to fund their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Selection process

All submissions will be reviewed by the Doctoral Consortium Committee composed of experienced researchers and professionals, who can provide feedback and suggest future research.


Please send your submission as PDF directly by email to with Subject “FSR 2014 Doctoral Consortium Submission”.

Important dates

  • Paper submission deadline: 30th Dec. 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: 20th Jan. 2014
  • Camera-ready due: 05th Feb. 2014

Doctoral Consortium Committee

  • Giuseppina Vullo, University of Pavia, Italy (coordinator), giuseppina dot vullo at unipv dot it
  • Vittore Casarosa, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
  • Karen Coyle, Librarian and consultant,
  • Milena Dobreva, University of Malta, Malta
  • Salvatore Vassallo, Digital archivist, Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, Rome, Italy

More information: Inquiries can be sent to the Doctoral Consortium Coordinator

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