Author Guidelines – Full and Short papers, Panels, Posters, and Demonstrations

Submissions closed.

See author guidelines

Submissions for full papers may be up to 10 pages and short papers up to 5 pages in the ACM Proceedings Format. At least one of the authors must register for the conference before the article can be included in the proceedings.

Submissions for panel proposals may be up to 4 pages in the ACM Proceedings Format. These submissions can also include up to 2 additional pages (not to be published in the proceedings) with the names and qualifications of confirmed panelists. The panelists must register for the conference before the panel proposal can be included in the proceedings.

Submissions for posters may be up to 2 pages in the ACM Proceedings Format. Poster submissions generally take the form of original extended abstracts that may include a small number of references, or one or two helpful figures. Accepted posters will need to conform to the dimensions of 48” x 36” (4ft x 3ft), with the layout to be determined by authors. At least one of the authors must register for the conference before the poster can be included in the proceedings.

All conference submissions are done via EasyChair.

Submission steps

  • Prepare a submission in accordance with ACM Proceedings format.
  • Access the EasyChair LAK16 submission system and register or sign in.
  • Click the “New Submission” menu tab and follow the on-screen instructions. NOTE: Please copy and paste the presenter information, title, abstract, keywords and deployment summary into the online form as well as including them in the PDF.

Reviewing Process

Each full paper, short paper, panel proposal, poster, and demonstration will be reviewed by at least three reviewers designated by the program chairs. The review process is single blind (i.e., reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to those submitting). The comments for each paper will be shared among the reviewers of that paper and the program chairs. Submissions with the highest evaluations will be accepted for presentation in the conference, pending final review by the program chairs.

The three full papers with the highest rankings provided by the reviewers will be nominated for the “best paper award”. A committee formed by the current and past program chairs of the conference will then choose the “best paper award” among the nominees. The award will be made public during the conference. The best paper winner and all nominees will be designated in the proceedings.
At the Conference

Authors of full papers will have 25 minutes to present their contribution, followed by 5 minutes for questions. Authors of short papers will have 15 minutes to present their contribution, followed by 5 minutes for questions. Panels will be have a duration of approximately 90 minutes. Poster authors will have the opportunity to showcase their work in a 1 minute firehose session, alongside dedicated poster exhibition ‘gallery-walk’ sessions at the conference.

After the Conference

Conference proceedings will be available through ACM Digital Library. Some of the presentations in the conference may be recorded and made available after the event.

Best Paper Award

The three full papers that obtain the highest scores from the reviewers will be “nominees for the best paper award”. A committee composed by the program chairs of the current and past edition of the conference will choose the “best paper award” among the nominees. Both the nominees and the best paper award will be reflected in the proceedings.


All conference submissions are done via EasyChair.

Full papers include a clearly explained substantial conceptual, technical or empirical contribution. The scope of the paper must be properly placed with respect to the current state of the field, and the contribution should be clearly described. This includes the conceptual or theoretical aspects at the foundation of the contribution, an explanation of the technical setting (tools used, how are they integrated in the contribution), analysis, and results of a successfully completed experience.
Short papers can address on-going work, which may include a briefly described theoretical underpinning, an initial proposal or rationale for a technical solution, and preliminary results in an experience.
Panels provide an opportunity for several experts to address a specific topical issue by sharing, debating, and comparing different approaches to a problem. The proposal should provide a description of an issue in the area of Learning Analytics, a description of why this issue is worth discussing, the benefits that may derive from such discussion, and the list of proposed experts to discuss it during the conference.
Posters are suitable for describing late-breaking results or for engaging conference participants in discussion of preliminary ideas or findings.
Demonstrations – Use a tool demonstration to describe a software you want to demonstrate, and the expected interactions with conference participants. Demonstrators should be prepared to interact with several conference participants at a time in an interactive and not excessively scripted manner.

In order to identify the type of papers that are appropriate for presentation at LAK, we provide some basic guidelines:

Conceptual contributions. A paper presenting a good conceptual contribution should demonstrate how the use of analytics builds on what we know about how people learn to advance that knowledge and to provide new avenues for supporting learning. These contributions could include models, personalization, adaptation, how the design process is influenced by analytics, ideas on educational research methods related to analytics, ethical considerations, the connection of analytics with emotion and affect, or learner modeling. These papers should clearly articulate which learning-related issues are addressed, the advances offered by the work, the environment in which it was investigated, and who will benefit from the work.

Technical innovations. A paper presenting a technical innovation should describe a new algorithm or application of technology that advances the state of the art in learning analytics. Possible options include reports on how to overcome technical challenges in areas such as visualization, natural language processing, recommendation, decision support, social network analysis, etc. These papers should include a solid justification of the innovation, the context in which it is applied, and the potential benefits from using the new contribution.

Applications and case use cases. A paper presenting an application or use case should include a detailed description of the scenario in which the application is used and why, rigorous data analysis (qualitative, quantitative or mixed) with on an appropriately sized population, and a clear description of how such study could be replicated.