As part of our internationalising mission and commitment to accessibility, we are dedicated to providing platforms that make presentation and publishing possible for everyone. IAFOR’s purpose-built online platform provides structured accountability and reporting for conference participation and attendance, both physical and virtual.
Virtual Presenters enjoy all of the following:
- Presentation published in IAFOR’s Online Video Archive
- Final Paper published in the Conference Proceedings (optional)
- Listed in the Online Programme/Abstract Book
- Rigorous double-blind peer review acceptance standards
- Real-time engagement and interaction
- Access to plenary presentations via live-stream and to PDFs of plenary slides
For over a decade, IAFOR has been a leader in the field of international, interdisciplinary and intercultural conferences. Being at the cutting edge of academic exchange has shown us that alternatives are required to address the biggest issues facing humanity in the 21st century. Consequently, since 2013, IAFOR has been committed to the development of its online virtual publishing platform as a place where academics can share their research, communicate with their peers and a global audience, and collaborate on a truly international scale.
Recent events have shown us that this platform is now more important than ever.
The global crisis caused by the coronavirus has taught us that the freedoms which we hold so close, such as those of movement in a globalised world, cannot be taken for granted. In response, IAFOR is committed to tackling this issue head-on by providing academics with the platforms that they require to ensure that their research is shared, published and engaged with at this challenging time.
The Virtual Presentation Process
To present your research at the conference as a Virtual Presenter, your abstract must first pass double-blind peer review. To submit, go to IAFOR's online submission system.
If accepted for presentation at the conference, IAFOR invites authors to register, participate and publish in the following way:
- Register as a Virtual Presenter on the conference website. Upon payment of the registration fee, your attendance at the conference will be confirmed.
- Create your presentation video and upload it via the IAFOR Submissions and Review System. Your presentation video will then be added to IAFOR’s Online Video Archive where it will remain indefinitely.
- Your presentation video will be screened at the conference during a Virtual Presentation session with a Q&A. Participate online by watching the dedicated live stream and by joining dedicated online conference sessions.*
- You are invited to submit your Final Paper to the Conference Proceedings (optional), which are archived and made publicly available on the IAFOR Research Archive, and indexed with an ISSN.
- You will then be sent a hard copy of your Certificate of Presentation.
*This may vary depending on the conference.
What is a Virtual Presentation?
For many academics, Virtual Presentations are an excellent option, particularly for presenters who are unable to attend a conference in person, as they enable authors to participate in the conference and provide all the same publishing opportunities using online technologies.
Pre-recorded video presentations are screened during a special session at each IAFOR conference. These are added to the IAFOR Online Video Archive before the conference begins, where they remain indefinitely. IAFOR provides timetabled discussion times that allow for real-time interaction between online and physical attendees during the published hours of the conference. This creates opportunities for interaction, knowledge transfer, and feedback in the form of questions and critique.
Online technologies expose us to new ideas, research and points of view, and virtual presentations are a welcome and modern addition to the conference experience. The virtual platform provides users with choice, access and an affordable means by which to interact with the wider academic community. Virtual Presentations aren’t a replacement for the traditional conference presentation experience but rather a modern, practical and effective alternative. They also serve to supplement the traditional model by providing more people with the opportunity to attend and participate.
What are the Benefits of Virtual Presentation?
- Cost Effectiveness: Travelling to conferences, especially international conferences, is expensive. By cutting out all of the costs associated with attending a conference in-person, such as flights and accommodation, Virtual Presentations benefit those who must use their finances judiciously. This is particularly beneficial for researchers from low/low-middle income group countries.
- Environmentally Sound: It is vitally important, as custodians of our planet, that we consider the environment before making decisions to travel internationally. By attending a conference virtually, rather than in-person, researchers are reducing their carbon footprint thereby directly assisting in the fight against climate change.
- Global Reach: They make it possible for larger numbers of people to participate in a conference, which increases the size of the potential audience for the research. And, because Virtual Presentations remain online indefinitely, this reach is persistent and growing.
- Bridging Audiences: This technology gives participants the opportunity to come together in a virtual environment and engage in dialogue with an audience of their peers.
- Time-Efficient: This is especially beneficial for those who are overwhelmed with multifarious tasks at their places of work.
Tips on Giving a Virtual Presentation
In this short video, Matt Abrahams of the Stanford Graduate School of Business gives advice on how to deliver a Virtual Presentation.