Academic Guidelines for Competitive Papers Submitted to the World Social Marketing Conference

Academic Guidelines for Competitive Papers Submitted to the World Social Marketing Conference

Academic guidelines for competitive papers submitted to the World Social Marketing Conference (WSMC) 2017

The Academic Co-Chairs invite submissions to be considered for presentation at the World Social Marketing Conference 2017.


There are 10 academic tracks for WSM 2017. These are the tracks and their descriptors. Authors should note that the conference academic chairs acknowledge that submissions are likely to cut across themes contained within more than one theme. In such instances authors should use their judgement as to where the most significant contributions from their work should be located and indicate their chosen track when submitting. Authors are requested to select the track that they will be submitting under. If authors feel their paper is applicable to more than one track then multiple submissions can be made against a maximum of two tracks.

We advise that authors download and use the provided submission template available on the conference website after reading this guidance.

Track / Descriptor
  1. Promoting global health and wellbeing
/ Action to influence behaviour related to non-communicable diseases, living well, reducing the burden of obesity, smoking prevention, mental health, inequality and promoting the health of women and girls.
  1. Reducing global communicable disease through behavioral influence
/ Delivering programmes to reduce communicable disease including, HIV, influenza, malaria, and water-related disease.
  1. Reducing crime and poverty and promoting safety and security
/ How to understand and develop effective and efficient programmes of action to promote development and reduce crime, violence and increase safety and security.
  1. Global climate change, environment protection and sustainability
/ Influencing the behaviour of citizens, society governments and corporations.
  1. Reducing the impact of substance misuse
/ Reducing the impact of prescribed and illegal drugs misuse, tobacco control and alcohol misuse.
  1. Increasing return on social policy investment on influencing behaviour
/ The need for expert commissioning, insight, evidence and data driven behavioural programmes, effective management, ROI VFM and evaluation and commissioning by donors and funders.
  1. Interdisciplinary and cross sector action to influence behaviour for social good
/ Promoting learning and joint action between the commercial and not-for profit sectors, between disciplines and between the developed and developing world: What we can teach each other including mistakes to avoid.
  1. Advancing theory, research and technology in social marketing
/ Utilizing market research, evidence of successful application of behavioral change and the development of supporting theory and techniques and technology.
  1. Influencing complex multi-faceted global policy challenges
/ Systems analysis, research and solutions including upstream action, critical marketing and cross sector solutions through the application of social policy and planning.
  1. Digital impact on government policy
/ Exploiting all forms of mobile and social media technology to promote social cohesion and well-being in both the developed and developing world.

Paper format

The maximum length of competitive papers is five (5) pages (inclusive of the abstract, figures, tables, etc.) PLUS the title page and one page of references.

  • Single-spaced
  • Times New Roman 12-point font
  • A4 size page formatting
  • 2.5cm margins on all sides
  • Major headings should be centred and in bold type, and the first letter of each major word should be capitalized; a single blank line should precede and follow each major heading.
  • Sub-headings should be in bold type face, left justified, with the first letter of each major word capitalized; and a single blank line should precede each sub-heading.
  • No lower-level headings should be used (i.e., just major headings and sub-headings)

Paper content order

  • Title (15 words maximum)
  • Abstract (summarise the paper, including the findings/conclusions, max 800 words)
  • Please ensure this abstract is entered into the EasyChair submission form
  • Introduction/Background
  • Method
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Footnotes (if required – please avoid where possible)
  • References

Figures and tables

  • Should be integrated within the text (not at the end of the paper)
  • Figure and table headings should be concise but informative, in bold, with first letter of each major word capitalized; a single blank line should precede and follow each table or figure heading.
  • Should be numbered and referred to by number

Citations within the text

  • All citations should include author names and year of publication; where possible they should be followed by a punctuation mark. [for example “Mary had a little lamb (Fox and Brown, 2012); its fleece was white as snow (French and Wise, 2014).]
  • For three or more authors, use the first author's name followed by "et al." (in italics).
  • A series of citations should be listed in alphabetical order and separated by semicolons. [for example (Fox and Brown, 2012; French and Wise, 2014).]

Reference list

Please follow the referencing conventions as used by the Journal of Social Marketing.

For booksSurname, Initials (year),Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication.
e.g. Harrow, R. (2005),No Place to Hide, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY.

For book chaptersSurname, Initials (year), "Chapter title", Editor's Surname, Initials,Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication, pages.
e.g. Calabrese, F.A. (2005), "The early pathways: theory to practice – a continuum", in Stankosky, M. (Ed.),Creating the Discipline of Knowledge Management, Elsevier, New York, NY, pp. 15-20.

For journalsSurname, Initials (year), "Title of article",Journal Name, volume, number, pages.
e.g. Capizzi, M.T. and Ferguson, R. (2005), "Loyalty trends for the twenty-first century",Journal of Consumer Marketing, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 72-80.

For publishedconference proceedingsSurname, Initials (year of publication), "Title of paper", in Surname, Initials (Ed.),Title of published proceeding which may include place and date(s) held, Publisher, Place of publication, Page numbers.
e.g. Jakkilinki, R., Georgievski, M. and Sharda, N. (2007), "Connecting destinations with an ontology-based e-tourism planner", inInformation and communication technologies in tourism 2007 proceedings of the international conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2007, Springer-Verlag, Vienna, pp. 12-32.

For unpublishedconference proceedingsSurname, Initials (year), "Title of paper", paper presented at Name of Conference, date of conference, place of conference, available at: URL if freely available on the internet (accessed date).
e.g. Aumueller, D. (2005), "Semantic authoring and retrieval within a wiki", paper presented at the European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), 29 May-1 June, Heraklion, Crete, available at: 20 February 2007).

For working papersSurname, Initials (year), "Title of article", working paper [number if available], Institution or organization, Place of organization, date.
e.g. Moizer, P. (2003), "How published academic research can inform policy decisions: the case of mandatory rotation of audit appointments", working paper, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, Leeds, 28 March. - See more at:

Journal Special Issues

When you submit your conference paper, please identify whether you wish for your paper to be considered for special issues which are being sought by the conference committee.

NOTE that should the WSMC committee be successful in securing any special issues in support of WSMC 2017 authors will be invited to submit papers to the journal based on their conference paper, however they will be required to submit a full paper, which expands on the conference paper and meets the formatting requirements of the journal, to the relevant special issue editor(s) and would undergo full blind peer review.