4th Annual World Open Innovation Conference

Abstract Submission Website is Now Open!

The abstract submission website is now open. To submit your extended abstract, click below:


We invite submissions of extended abstracts (1,500-3,000 words, all inclusive) for empirical or conceptual papers — with theoretical and/or managerial implications. These will be considered for the research paper portion of the program (see separate Call for Challenges for the submissions sought for the managerial/practitioner portion of the program). During the submission process we kindly ask authors to select one of the above “open innovation topics” that best fits their submission. These topics will be used in the review process and design of the conference program.

The extended abstracts will be reviewed by the WOIC Editorial Board and the reviewer scores will be used as a basis for acceptance decisions. The reviewers will also be asked to provide a short feedback on each of the abstracts they review.

Abstracts need to remain anonymous. Authors must provide word count and indicate the research category of their paper (see Paper Topics).

Abstracts for research papers will be evaluated along the following criteria:

  • Theoretical contribution
  • Methodological rigor
  • Clarity of writing
  • Overall fit to open innovation

While acceptance decisions will be based on an abstract submission — and thus in some cases the analysis of data may not be fully complete — the submission should describe completed (rather than planned) research. We expect that at least data are collected and initial analyses are done to present preliminary results and conclusions (still noting the above-mentioned criteria). Proposals that talk about data to be collected will be deferred to a future conference. Note that submission of a full paper that reflects the proposal will also be required, if the proposal is accepted.

The reviewers will also be asked to provide their assessment of the submission in terms of fit to the conference theme and whether it should be considered for an award. However, these criteria will not be used directly for acceptance decisions.


“Rule of One”

Every author is allowed to present only one paper at the conference. It is allowed to have more than one paper accepted, if it is presented by a co-author.

Research Papers

Authors of papers accepted for presentation will be required to submit a complete paper prior to the conference; no paper will be required for the poster presentation. The full papers will be shared among the conference participants, and a Book of Abstracts will be made available.