Electronic Participation (ePart) Conference

6th IFIP International Conference on eParticipation (IFIP ePart2014)

2-3 September 2014

Trinity College Dublin (www.scss.tcd.ie), Dublin, Ireland


Second Call for Papers

ePart2014 aims to present the best of recent developments in electronic Participation (eParticipation), covering a wide range of technical, political and social areas. The papers will present new and innovative developments in this expanding discipline.

eParticipation refers to the use of Information and Communication Technologies to enhance political participation and citizen engagement. eParticipation is by definition a multidisciplinary field of study. Today, eParticipation is particularly timely and relevant in various contexts and in diverse environments, e.g. digital democracy; participatory public service design; use of open government data in eParticipation initiatives; use of social media (e.g. Twitter, facebook) by citizens, governments and civil servants; top-down and bottom-up eParticipation initiatives related to the economic and welfare issues, etc.

ePart2014 aims to bring together researchers from distinct disciplines interested in eParticipation; as such it provides a unique opportunity for researchers to present and discuss new ideas, meet other researchers and practitioners and plan future cooperation.


The scope of ePart2014 covers the whole range of research in eParticipation. Its principal aim is to review advances in research in both social and technological scientific domains, seeking to demonstrate new theories, concepts, methods and styles of eParticipation with the support of innovative ICT.

The sixth ePart conference will focus on, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Foundations of eParticipation research including theories, methods, models and approaches;
  • The role of social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook) and Web 2.0 (e.g. blogs, wikis) in eParticipation;
  • Innovative applications: Participatory budgeting, participatory public service design, use of open government data in eParticipation initiatives etc.;
  • Advances in eParticipation Domains: Online deliberation and discourse, eConsultation, ePolling, and eLegislation, eElectioneering, eCampaigning and eVoting;
  • Advances in policy making using policy modelling, simulation, impact assessment and visualisation methods and tools;
  • The role of eParticipation in national and global crisis situations;
  • Comparative analyses of eParticipation practices;
  • Impact assessment and public value considerations of eParticipation on real world decision making;
  • Digital literacy and its consequences  for eParticipation;
  • eParticipation projects: Design, implementation, evaluation, quality and impact

ePart is co-organised and co-located with the International Conference on eGovernment – IFIP EGOV (www.egov-conference.org), together attracting around 150 participants per year. Participants registering for one conference can also attend the other conference for no extra charge.

Note that a PhD colloquium will be organised on 31st August 2014, while IFIP EGOV will be held from the 1st to the 4th of September.

Submission Guidelines

The conference allows for four distinct types of submissions:

  • Research papers (max 12 pages, published in LCNS Springer);
  • Ongoing research and innovative projects papers (max 8 pages, published by Trauner);
  • Workshops and panels on pertinent issues (2 pages);
  • Poster proposals (2 pages);
  • PhD colloquium submissions.

Completed research papers
Papers in this category deal with completed research. They should have both relevance and a strong focus on scientific rigour and may be a maximum of 12 pages. Papers in this track will be peer reviewed for rigour, relevance, originality and clarity of presentation. Abstracts or incomplete papers will not be accepted.

On-going research papers
These papers describe novel concepts, works-in-progress, or other ideas and issues that are not currently suitable for a completed research paper. They may be a maximum of 8 pages. Papers in this section will also be peer reviewed, but the emphasis is on relevance more than scientific rigour.

Workshops and Panels
Proposals for workshops and panels (2 pages) should include rationale, objectives, expected outcomes and approach to audience participation.

Proposals for posters (2 pages) will not be blind reviewed. Authors of accepted submissions are expected to bring their posters which will be displayed to the conference audience.

PhD Colloquium Submissions
Prior to the conference (Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014), a PhD student colloquium will be held jointly with EGOV 2014 providing an international forum for doctoral students under the guidance of senior scholars for presenting their work, networking opportunities and cross-disciplinary inspiration.


ePart papers must contain original material not previously published or currently submitted elsewhere. Paper submissions should be anonymous and follow the relevant templates. Submissions must be made through the conference’s management system. For additional information please consult www.epart-conference.org.

Important Dates

Submission of papers/workshops:  15 March 2014 (Extended to 1 April 2014)

Submission of panel/poster/PhD colloquium contributions:  15 March 2014 (Extended to 1 April 2014)

Notification of acceptance for papers/workshops:  30 April 2014

Notification of acceptance for panel/poster/PhD colloquium contributions:  30 May 2014

Camera-ready papers of completed research:  25 May 2014

Camera-ready papers of ongoing research, workshop and poster contributions to be published with abstracts in the proceedings:  15 June 2014


All accepted completed research papers will be published by Springer Verlag (LNCS). Ongoing research and innovation projects papers will be published by Trauner.


Efthimios Tambouris, University of Macedonia, Greece

Ann Macintosh, The University of Leeds, UK

Frank Bannister, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Program Committee

Please check the conference website for an updated list.