OZCOTS Abstract Submissions

Before submitting your abstract for the OZCOTS Conference, please read the guideline policies and requirements on the Call for Abstracts page.


General Instructions

Papers of OZCOTS 2016 will be published on the Internet. The proceedings will not be available in CD or print form. 

  • Abstract submission close for papers to be refereed 30 June 2016
  • Deadline to submit papers to be refereed 29 July 2016
  • Abstract submission close for non-refereed papers 31 July 2016: Note as we had accepted sufficient abstracts to fill the program by 30 June, any further abstracts/papers will be put on a waiting list.
  • Authors will be notified no later than 7 August 2016
  • Papers not to be refereed must be submitted by 24 October 2016
  • If refereed, the paper must not have appeared previously as a refereed publication
  • Authors must register for the meeting by the final time papers are to be submitted (October 24, 2016)
  • Authors must be aware of issues relating to presenting a paper in the proceedings as described below in the Guidelines for the preparation of papers.

Submission of Abstracts

  • To download the OZCOTS Abstract template for Non-Refereed Papers please click here.
  • Once you have inserted your abstract body into the document (max 200 words) you can submit your abstract through the online program management software, eOrganiser by clicking here. If you experience any issues with the online program management software please contact the Conference Managers on asc2016@arinex.com.au.  

Below are the steps in submitting your abstract:

  • Click on the Abstract Submission button on the side bar
  • Create an author account – once you have registered online you will receive a verification email to the email address provided, please verify your email address and log in to create and upload your online submission. It is recommended that authors provide a profile picture and biography as this will be profiled on the Conference App during the event. Please keep the link, your password and verification email somewhere safe to be able to re-log into your account.
  • Click on Submit, select Abstract from the drop down selection. Fill in the abstract title and upload your completed abstract using the appropriate host template. 
  • Select your host organisation to be considered for the correct program streams (OZCOTS)
  • Select the requested presentation type (OZCOTS – Abstract Presentation)
  • Upload and attach the completed abstract template and select submit.


OZCOTS Presentation Type:

  • OZCOTS – Abstract Presentations

Themes for Submission

When submitting your abstract, please select one of the below themes that best suits the submission:

1.  Learning strategies for teaching introductory statistics

2. Undergraduate statistics curriculum and learning

3. Resources for teaching statistics

4. Learning strategies for statistics using technology

5. Postgraduate learning of statistics

6. Statistics for researchers and workers

7.  Workplace learning and professional development

8.  Research for teaching statistics

9.  Other ___________________ (please specify)


Submission of Full Papers

  • Authors will be contacted post the 8 July 2016 to request submission for their full paper. 
  • All papers should be submitted by email to Helen MacGillivray – h.macgillivray@qut.edu.au, Brian Phillips – BPhillips@groupwise.swin.edu.au and Michael Martin – Michael.Martin@anu.edu.au (pdf files will not be accepted). Please use your surname and initial to name your file (e.g. PhillipsB.doc)
  • Please check for viruses before sending.
  • In your email message, identify the file name and the author’s name.
  • Late Manuscripts will not be published.
  • Author’s Checklist, and signed warranty statement(s) should be faxed or emailed in.
  • All authors please make sure that you have completed and returned the warranty and indemnity form and the Author’s Checklist:

Author’s Checklist for Refereed Paper

Author’s Checklist for Non-Refereed Paper

If you have questions regarding these guidelines, please contact: Helen MacGillivray, Brian Phillips or Michael Martin – Joint Editors, OZCOTS 2016



Requirements Regarding Formatting and Set-up of Papers 

Word processor software

Our preference is at least MS Word 2003 or XP for PC or Mac.

Format of the papers
A4 size sheets, maximum length 6 A4 pages. Please include the title, author(s) name and institution plus an abstract, maximum half page, at the top of the paper. Start with CAPITAL letters for keywords in the title. Family name should be in CAPITAL, followed by the given name.

You are required to submit your paper using the program management software and by e-mail. 

  • Paper size should be set to A4: 21.0 x 29.7 cm (8.26″ x 11.69″).
  • Paper contents should be within a frame size of 15.26 x 24.62 cm (6.00″ x 9.69″). Keep the pages within this frame. 

All papers should be typed using 11 point Times New Roman font.

Except for the Title/Author information (which should be centered) the paper should be both left and right justified.


  • Single spacing throughout, including the title, author information and abstract.
  • Exactly one blank line before the author(s) name(s), the abstract, section titles, the subtitles, acknowledgements, notes, references, and appendices.
  • Exactly one blank line before and after tables and figures.
  • Only one space between sentences.

Page numbering
DO NOT number the pages.

Headers, footers and footnotes

  • DO NOT use headers or footers.
  • DO NOT use footnotes.
  • If applicable, group numbered notes at the end of the text before the reference list.


  • Center the title in bold 
  • Center the author(s)’ names underlining the name(s) of the presenting author(s) and center the affiliation of the author(s).
  • Leave one blank line between the title and the author’s information.


  • After the title and the author’s information, begin with an abstract of a maximum of fifteen (15) lines (no more than 200 words) initalics.
  • Leave one blank line between the author’s information and the abstract.


  • Use onlyitalics (not underlining and not bold) for emphasis of text, minor subtitles. Use italics for the whole abstract.
  • Use capital letters for the TITLE and all subtitles: Section titles, acknowledgements, NOTES, references, appendices, etc.

Text Indent
First line in each paragraph should be indented by 1.27 cm (0.5″).


  • Use the format used in “International Statistical Review” (SeeNotes for Authors at the journal’s inside back cover).
  • No blank lines between items of the reference list. Use “hanging indent” of 0.64 cm (0.25”).  For example:

Ben-Zvi, D., & Arcavi, A. (1998). Towards a characterization and understanding of students’ learning in an interactive statistics environment. In L. Pereira-Mendoza (Ed.), Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Teaching of Statistics, Vol. II, (pp. 647-653). Voorburg, The Netherlands: International Statistical Institute.

Figures and tables

  • Include figures and tables within the body of the paper wherever possible.
  • The format for Figure and Table titles must be consistent with the style the author is using.
  • The format used in “International Statistical Review” are our preferred styles but not essential as long as the whole paper uses a consistent format.
  • If figures or tables are to be included as part of the word processing file.

Papers must have a maximum length of 6 A4 pages, including title, author’s information, abstract, text, references, appendices, figures, etc.

Sample papers
Examples of papers can be found in the Proceedings of ICOTS 8, Slovenia 2010 , see http://icots.net/8/ or ICOTS 9, Flagstaff, see http://icots.net/9/

General Points to Authors about Preparation of Papers 

  • Papers should be self-contained and should NOT address directly those attending the conference session. Therefore, statements such as “In this session …” must be avoided.
  • Photographs, drawings, examples of student’s work, etc., should only be included if they relate directly to the text and if they significantly assist the readers’ understanding of the paper.
  • DO NOT include contact names and addresses or prices for materials available for sale. Readers can obtain these via the author/institution.  Any papers about new materials should focus on their use. That is, they should report on how they were used and with what results.
  • The written permission of original copyright holders to reproduce any materials from other sources MUST be provided. A short example may usually be reproduced legally, but several examples (a whole page or a table/chart/diagram) need permission. This applies even when the author originated the material and/or works for the corporation that published it.
  • Signed warranty statements (one per author) must accompany submitted manuscripts.

a) All OZCOTS papers given at this meeting will appear in the Proceedings which will be freely available on the IASE website. 

b) Submitting your paper to another refereed publication:

Some authors may subsequently want to submit their paper to another refereed publication. These journals usually will not publish papers which have been published elsewhere. However, they are likely to consider papers which are sufficiently “different” from the conference paper, in fact it would need to be almost a new paper. In general, we understand that papers will be considered “different” if they are sufficiently expanded, well above and beyond what appeared in the conference proceedings. Expansion means that they contain significant new portions, mostly in the form of more detailed theoretical frameworks, additional data, more in depth discussions and implications, and so on. Please be aware that the policies of journals differ.  Some may accept manuscripts that have appeared in conference proceedings as long as they were not refereed as manuscripts.  Refereeing of the abstracts is usually fine. We cannot advise on the policies of other journals, so please check them yourselves.

So if you do think you may want to submit your paper to another refereed publication, the one you submit to us should be “limited in length and scope.” We suggest that what is being submitted to us is no more than half of what you think they will eventually submit to a peer-reviewed journal. You should plan and think ahead, when writing this paper, what selected data and discussions you include, and what additional new and expanded material is being left aside, to be added later to the journal submission.

As many research papers in journals are in the range of 5000-10,000 words, we suggest you restrict this paper to no more than 3500 words. Please remember if you do submit to another journal at a later stage, tell the journal that a partial version of the paper being submitted was presented at this conference, and “attach” the original conference paper so the editors can evaluate the difference.

Of course please keep in mind that we are talking about the paper you submit to this conference for publication in the  proceedings. What you elect to present orally at the conference is your own business: as part of your talk you can discuss or show additional data etc. You can also circulate to conference attendees expanded drafts of papers you have in mind sending later on to a journal, and ask for feedback, but these drafts are never to be circulated outside this circle of individuals or posted in any formal way.

If you follow this advice, we believe you will not have difficulty in submitting your current work to another journal.

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OZCOTS Program Dates

1 February 2016 – Registration and abstract submissions open

30 June 2016 – Abstract submission close for papers to be refereed

29 July 2016 – Papers to be refereed must be submitted by this date

31 July 2016 – Abstract submission close for non-refereed papers

7 August 2016 – Authors notified no later than this date

16 September 2016 – Early bird registration cut-off date

23 September 2016 – Extended early bird registration deadline

24 October 2016 – All authors registered

24 October 2016 – Final versions of all papers submitted

24 October 2016 – Preliminary program confirmed

14 November 2016 – Final program confirmed

8 – 9 December 2016 – OZCOTS Conference dates