1. Check that your topic is related to sustainable leadership and the other conference themes:
• new perspectives on sustainable leadership
• applications and case studies
• critical perspectives
• challenges in applying sustainable practices
• changing mindsets and behaviours
• specific sustainable leadership practices
• the cultural relevance of sustainable practices
• and a special theme for 2016: The Sufficiency Economy.

2. Papers may be research­-oriented, theoretical or applied.

3. Prepare 200 word abstract/proposal and submit by 3 January 2016.

4. Refer to the guidelines on preparing abstracts and proposals.

5. Upon acceptance, prepare the full paper. View the Manuscript Guidelines below.

6. Non­-native English speakers are strongly advised to have their proposals edited by a fluent English speaker/writer prior to submission.

7. Submit completed papers for review by 22 February, 2016. Early submissions are encouraged. To submit your full paper, please log into your account with Conftool, locate your submission entry and select ‘Full Paper’.

8. Attend to any revisions requested as soon as possible and resubmit the paper if required.

9. Ensure final submission follows the required Manuscript Guidelines.

10. Upon acceptance, complete registration online, pay conference fees, book your accommodation and confirm your travel arrangements.

11. Leave sufficient time to obtain a visa (if required) before paying registration fees.

1. Check the guidelines for preparing and presenting papers (see below).

2. Make sure your PowerPoint presentation is compatible with Microsoft Office and bring it on a USB stick.

3. Remember that your time is strictly limited to 20 minutes for the presentation plus 5 minutes for questions afterwards.

4. Even experienced presenters always rehearse and time their presentations beforehand!

5. Upon acceptance, complete your registration online, pay the conference fees, book accommodation and confirm your travel arrangements.

6. Leave sufficient time to obtain a visa (if required) before paying registration fees.

1. You are most welcome to come as a non­-presenting attendee, this is an important part of the conference network.

2. Attendees need to complete their registration online, pay the conference fee, book their accommodation and confirm travel arrangements.

3. Leave sufficient time to obtain a visa (if required) before paying registration fees.


1. Topics: Papers may be research-oriented, theoretical or applied in nature but must be related to the broad theme of sustainable leadership. Papers are expected to contain new thinking and/or findings and be original.

2. Language: English is the conference language.

3. Deadline: 3 January 2016.

4. Response: Normally authors will hear of the acceptance of their abstract within one week to allow as much time as possible for preparing the full paper.

5. Page layout:

a) TITLE OF PAPER (14 pt. font, Calibri, bold, upper case)

b) Name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, email address of first author (10 pt. font, Calibri).
Same for second and subsequent author(s).

c) Abstract (10 pt. font, Calibri, maximum 200 words, justified both sides.)

6. Accepted abstracts will be distributed at the conference providing at least one author has registered for and paid the conference fee.

7. Preparing your full paper: Refer to our Manuscript Guidelines below.

Papers may be research-oriented, theoretical or applied in nature but must be related to the broad theme of sustainable leadership (see the Sustainable Leadership Pyramid). Papers are expected to contain new thinking and/or findings, and be original.

Papers must be in English. Non-native speakers of English are strongly advised to have a native speaker edit their paper prior to submission and reviewing.

Full papers will undergo double blind reviewing and may be accepted, sent back to the author(s) for revision, or rejected. We aim to inform authors of the review results by email within three weeks of submission.

Papers should be saved as a Microsoft Word compatible file and formatted for A4 (or 8.5 x 11 inch) paper.

Text should be:

  • in 10 point Calibri font
  • in single­spacing
  • fully justified left and right
  • with 2.5cm (one inch) margins.

You may like to use this Word template to help you with the correct layout.

Maximum length of text is 10 pages including references, tables, figures and appendices. Papers exceeding 10 pages, if published, will be charged at a rate of 400 THB per extra page.

Full papers should contain the following:

a. Title of the paper – centred, 14 point font size, in bold and capital letters.

b. [for FINAL paper only] Name, institute affiliation, mailing address, and email address for all authors – centred.
(Full papers undergo blind peer-review, so please ensure author names are not included in your full paper.)

c. Abstract (maximum 200 words).

d. Keywords (up to 6).

e. Introduction.

f. Body of paper i.e. your text.

g. If reporting research, describe the sample and methodology in some detail.

h. Findings and discussion/analysis.

i. Limitations and future directions (where relevant).

j. Conclusion.

k. Tables and figures should be placed in their proper position in the paper (where applicable).

l. References (American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines are appropriate).

Submit your full paper online via Conftool, the conference registration website. Log into your account with Conftool, locate your submission entry and select ‘Full Paper’.

If your paper is accepted, (subject to favourable reviews and points 1 and 4 above), we will ask you to submit a final version of your paper, which will appear in the electronic conference proceedings and may be invited for inclusion in ISL books.

Publishing your final paper in the ISL e-proceedings is at no cost to registered conference attendees, and authors are free to put forward their paper for publication elsewhere after the conference.

You can also opt-out of being published altogether in our e-proceedings.

When submitting your final paper, please also supply a file containing a 100 word biography of each author. This will be published in our e-proceedings and the schedule of conference presentations.

If you submit a structured abstract for publication in our e-proceedings, and not a full paper, you will need to use the following template.

Structured Abstract template

Length: approx. 250 words

Please include the headings in your abstract. (view an example of a Structured Abstract here)

What are the reason(s) for writing the paper? If it is empirical, what are the aims of the research?

Include the main method(s) used for the research. What is the approach to the topic and what is the theoretical or subject scope of the paper? How are the objectives achieved?

What was found in the course of the work? ie your analysis, discussion and/or results.

Research limitations/implications (if applicable)
If you report on research findings, then record limitations in the research process and suggestions for future research.

Practical implications (if applicable)
Which outcomes and implications for sustainable leadership practice, applications and consequences have you identified? What changes to practice should be made as a result of this research?

Social implications (if applicable)
What will be the impact on society of this research? How will it influence public attitudes? How will it influence (corporate) social responsibility or environmental issues? How might it affect quality of life?

What is new in the paper? To whom?


Please contact us at ISL on info@instituteforsustainableleadership.com or use our contact form.


1. These guidelines are for delegates attending the conference in person. If you are preparing a virtual presentation, please refer to our Virtual Presentation Guidelines below.

2. Conference delegates are allocated a total of 25 minutes for their presentation – 20 minutes to present their paper, and 5 minutes for discussion/questions.

3. ISL expects that presenters and session chairs will have read all papers scheduled for their session in advance.

4. A laptop (with standard MS Office applications) and data projector will be available for use during the conference. Bring your presentation pre-loaded on a memory stick.

5. Presentations should be loaded onto the laptop prior to the commencement of each session – please ensure your presentation file name starts with your last name and a keyword from the title of your presentation.

6. The working language of ISL’s conferences is English.

7. Delegates are advised to use PowerPoint for their presentations, either in .ppt or .pptx format. Remember that less is more when using PowerPoint. 10 ­to 12 well­‐designed slides are sufficient for a 20 minute presentation.

A typical PowerPoint layout includes:
a. Title page (including names of presenter/s)
b. An overview of the presentation (main sections to be covered)
c. Background/context and definitions
d. The research itself (questions/hypotheses, research design and timeframes)
e. Results
f. Conclusions
g. Future directions.

8. Presenters will receive time warnings at five and one minute/s of remaining time.

9. In the interests of sustainable practice, delegates are asked not to bring hard copies of their presentation to the conference other than a copy for use during their session.
Printing facilities will be available at the hotel should another delegate request a copy, however any printing costs will be at delegates’ expense.

Normally, ISL conferences are based on face­-to-face presentations and interactions to foster networking and discussion among participants. In special circumstances and in the case of outstanding submissions, presentations can be done by video or voice-over PowerPoint.

Here are some guidelines for creating and using voice-over PowerPoints.

Creating a voice-over PowerPoint presentation
1. Open your presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint.

2. Select the slide on which you want your first audio recording to play.

3. Click on the Insert tab on the main menu at the top of the screen, then select the Sound and Music button.

4. Click on Record Sound and enter a name for this sound under “Name”.

5. Click the red button to start recording your message related to this part of the presentation.

6. Remember to speak clearly into the microphone.

7. Press the stop button when you have finished recording.

8. Press ok (or save) and your recorded sound will be inserted into your slide. It will appear as a loud-speaker icon. You can check the sound by right-clicking on the loud-speaker icon and selecting play.

9. Repeat the above steps for the next slide requiring voice-over. Note that while in editing mode, you can click on the loud-speaker icon for each slide and move it to anywhere on the slide so it does not interfere with text or graphics.

10. Save your presentation and exit.

11. Open and review the finished presentation before submitting. Make sure it is no longer than 20 minutes.

Using a voice-over PowerPoint presentation
1. Open Microsoft PowerPoint, then find and open your presentation.

2. Start your slide show.

3. Click on the speaker icon on the slide to start playing the audio.

4. Go to the next slide and repeat the step above.


As a session chair, your primary tasks are to:

1. Introduce the speakers (affiliations will be on the schedule and bios will be available if required).

2. Keep your session running strictly to time. Each session is structured at 25 mins per paper (20 mins presentation + 5 mins Q&A) plus 5 mins turn around time.

3. Give speakers an acoustic signal after 15 mins that reminds them to start wrapping up, and again when they have 1 min left.

4. If there is extra time at the end, you may want to conduct a more general discussion/wrap up of the session content.

5. Presenters will be told that the chair may have to stop anyone who goes over time.

6. ISL does not encourage people to distribute printed copies of their Powerpoints for environmental reasons, however, some may choose to do so.

7. Presenters will be asked to load their presentations on the computer before the session begins in the interests of time. Abstracts will be available in hard copy at the conference for handy reference. It would be appreciated if you would look over the abstracts for your session beforehand to familiarise yourself with the content.
Full papers will be available in the e-proceedings posted on the conference website, normally before the conference starts.


Download the above guidelines in pdf format
Abstract guidelines

Manuscript guidelines

Presentation guidelines

Virtual presentation guidelines

Chair guidelines