Contribution Requirements

On the ISDC 2019 Submission Home, select the correct button for submitting Program Submissions, Colloquium Submissions, Workshops, or Other/Meetings.

IMPORTANT NOTES ON FILES TO SUBMIT FOR THE REVIEW PROCESS (for all types of submission):

FILE FOR REVIEW: The file must be an Adobe Acrobat file (.pdf, .pdfx) and should have no author information included. This file must be submitted by March 11, 2019. Do not upload a submission that is not ready to be reviewed.

SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL: You are encouraged to include any model files, or presentations on which your paper is based and other material that will make it easier to understand your work. This file will be made accessible to the reviewers in addition to your file for review, so no author information should be included in this file either, during the review phase. This file can be in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf, .pdfx), MSWord (.doc, .docx), or MS PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx), image files (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .svs) as well as a model file in one of the common formats (.itmx, .mdl, .sip, .stmx, .vmdl, .vmf, .vpa, .vpm, .xmile). If you wish to upload a file with an extension other than these listed, you will need to zip it (.zip).

SUBMISSION TYPES

  1. You can submit your Research Paper, Practitioner Presentation, Work-in-Progress by clicking on the "Program Submission" button:
    1. Research Papers of approximately 5000 words (and not to exceed 7500 words) properly formatted with an abstract, problem statement, literature review,  clear delineation of the contribution being made, presentation of model structure or theoretical framework, demonstration of the model results or theory use, conclusions, and bibliography. The paper submitted for review should conform to academic publication standards. These papers are considered for all session types. The conference record will include an extended abstract of papers selected for Plenary, Parallel, and Poster sessions and the title and abstract for papers selected for other session types. Research papers will be subject to blind peer review, selection by Thread Chairs and have their disposition finalized by the Program Chairs. 

    2. Application Presentations of 10 to 30 presentation slides, including an abstract (not for presentation), problem statement, clear statement of why solving the problem has value, presentation of model structure, demonstration of results, discussion of acceptance and implementation, and a bibliographic slide (not for presentation). Application presentations may hold back model structure or data presented to protect client confidentiality, but still need to convey the fundamental dynamic insights. Application presentations are considered for all session types but are not put out for blind peer review. They will be selected by Thread Chairs, with the final disposition determined by the Program Chairs.

    3. Work-in-progress Descriptions in the form of an extended abstract (a two-page document, plus a bibliography) describing the work being conducted and preliminary results, if any. The abstract should contain a clear statement of the problem being addressed and the contribution expected to be made relative to existing literature. Work in progress can be presented at any stage of development, and authors are encouraged to share preliminary insights and novelties of model structure or methodology that are of interest to other researchers. No discussion of conclusions or potential extensions of the work is needed. After the abstract a bibliography should be included (no length limit). Work-in-progress Descriptions will be considered for Work-in-Progress Discussion Sessions, Poster Sessions, and Feedback Talks. Thread Chairs make selections and this is finalized by the Program Chairs. NOTE: the contribution requirement is a two-page abstract. If more than two pages are submitted, program committee are only asked to read up to the first two pages.
  2. System Dynamics Colloquium Paper includes an extended abstract or a full paper. Visit the Colloquium website for further details.

  3. Workshop includes an abstract (~250 words), information on format, background, expectations, and facility requirements. Please visit Workshop Submission page for more information. Workshops are selected by the Workshop Chairs with the approval of the Program Committee.

  4. Other/Meetings includes an abstract (~250 words) and will be considered for activities of Chapters and SIGs, meetings, work done by K-12 students, administrative meetings to be scheduled, and any other appropriate event to be scheduled in the program. This work will be considered for Specialized Presentations (roundtable, parallel, poster or other format). Other/Meeting activities are not part of the review process, but instead are managed by the Home Office with the approval of the Program Chairs. If you are not sure if “Other” is the appropriate category, please contact the Society office.

All submissions under Program Submissions should include:
  • A clear statement of the dynamic problem or methodological issue;
  • Why the author is addressing this important problem with System Dynamics or how the methodology will advance System Dynamics practice;
  • Methods used (e.g., Group Model Building, client process);
  • A bibliography;
  • Results and outcomes (only in research papers and application presentations. For work-in-progress submissions preliminary results are encouraged, but not required.)

The Program Chairs will NOT accept papers with titles such as “Your Title: A System Dynamics Approach” (or similar). Focus your title on the substance of your study, not the method you are using -- which will be System Dynamics.

Here are two articles from long-time reviewer, Tom Fiddaman, with tips on writing good System Dynamics Conference papers: Writing an SD Conference Paper and Writing a good System Dynamics paper II.