How to Submit an Abstract

The general call for abstracts is closed. 

We would like to thank all authors for their abstract submission. We are delighted by the response to the call and the number of submissions received. All submitted abstracts will now go through a blind review process carried out by the Congress Team. Abstracts which do not meet the focus of the track topic requested by the authors will be reassigned to another category.

Notifications of acceptance or rejection will be sent out by 15 June 2020. The primary author will receive all correspondence concerning the abstract and is responsible for informing the other authors of the status of the abstract.   

Key dates:

2̶4̶ ̶A̶p̶r̶i̶l̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶0̶ 15 May 2020 (10 PM UTC): Deadline for Abstract Submission

22-29 June 2020: Notification of Acceptance or Rejection*

8 October 2020 (10 PM UTC): Submission of the full contribution (full paper, presentation for case study/research project, details of the proposed session)

8 October 2020 (10 PM UTC): Final date for authors to register and pay in order to be included in the Congress Programme and Proceedings**

The result of abstract selection is now available and reflected online for all submissions. The official notifications of acceptance or rejection have been sent to all primary authors on 1 July 2020. 

**Early bird registration is now open.

Submission Types 

Submit your abstract for one of the three submission types:

Research Paper

  • Research or academic contribution consisting of a paper and a presentation
  • The paper will be included in the Congress Proceedings with an ISBN number (only for registered authors attending the conference).

Case Study Report

  • Professional contribution consisting of a presentation on a specific case study or topic of wider interest, such as a project, strategy, plan, or design
  • The emphasis will strictly be on lessons learned and knowledge sharing.
  • Submitting a paper is optional, but highly recommended.
  • Abstract (and paper if submitted) will be included in the Congress Proceedings.

Session Proposal

  • A stand-alone or 'side event' linked to one of the Tracks and entirely focused on a specific topic or objective, such as a training session, a hackathon, a workshop, etc.
  • An abstract of the session proposal is mandatory and will be included in the Congress Proceedings.
  • Formats other than the traditional presentations are encouraged, including: point/counterpoint, single speaker, moderated debate, interactive workshops, round tables etc.
  • Discussion or interaction with the audience is highly encouraged.
  • Session proposers have to identify and coordinate all the session speakers – a list of confirmed participants has to be included in the proposal.
  • All speakers need to register for the congress.
  • Sessions will be 90 minutes long.


ISOCARP welcomes contributions from all circumstances and traditions, and from citizens, students, practitioners and planning officials as well as researchers and academics. However, to enable the Congress Team to make a reasonable assessment of the appropriateness of the proposed paper for the specific Congress, the paper/case study abstract should include the following components:

  • A brief description of the "problem": the project, proposition or research question that is the subject of the paper; or a brief description of the place, issue or planning approach addressed in the paper.
  • Background – for example, basis in theory, policy framework, governance context, economic conditions – for the project or planning work.
  • Reference to two or more scholarly or official works, locating the project in a specific discipline, intellectual tradition, and/or planning context.
  • A brief indication of the methods used in carrying out the work described in the paper.
  • An outline of the principal results, outcomes, findings and lessons.
  • Finally, a note about the extent to which the work is (or is not) generally applicable.


  • Maximum 600 words for abstract submission
  • Maximum 60 words synopsis is obligatory.
  • Maximum 2 abstracts per author/co-author
  • Please do NOT submit the same abstract to several tracks.
  • For more information on submission, please read pages 2-4 in the Guidelines for Authors
  • **All lead authors of accepted abstracts, presenters and session participants need to register and pay the fee on or before submission of the full contribution (31 July 2020) in order to be included in the programme.

**The overview of international fees can be viewed here. Local fees to follow shortly.

How to submit an abstract

1. To submit an abstract, you first have to create an account on

2. After creating an account, you need to remain logged in then select "My Abstracts" in your Dashboard.

3. Afterwards, click "New Submission" on the left-hand corner of your Dashboard

4. You will then be redirected to the page where you can submit your abstract. Please fill in all the requested information, select the appropriate submission type (i.e. Research Paper, Case Study Report or Session Proposal), and choose which track you are submitting your abstract for. 

5. Once you have finished, proceed towards the end of the page and click "Save and Submit Later".  

As the abstract submission platform is already closed (and the review process is ongoing), authors will be able to provide only limited information on the online platform. Hence, after uploading the information, please contact us at and send us the following information:

  1. If applicable, the track which you are submitting your COVID-19 related abstract for. Learn more about the tracks here.
  2. Submission type: Whether the submission is a research paper, a case study report or a session proposal.
  3. If the submission is a research paper, is it peer reviewed: Yes or No?

Once the above information have been provided to us, we will complete your submission in the system.

Proceed to abstract submission

If you have any questions, please contact us via

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