Call for Papers

We welcome proposals for papers, parallel panel and workshop sessions focused on the relationship between technology, policy and social issues ranging from the economic and ethical to the cultural and environmental. Priority will be given to submissions addressing SSIT’s Five Pillars and Intersections between the social implications of technology and:

–   Personal Privacy vs. National/Homeland Security –  Ethics, neurotechnology/big brain
–  Net-Neutrality –  Internet of Things (IoT)
–  Big Data based Decision Making –  BlockChain Everything – what does it mean?
–  Human Genome Editing (e.g. CRISPR) –  Open Data and Open Government
  • The Social Implications of Technology Five Pillars:
    1. Sustainable Development
    2. Ethics/Human Values
    3. Universal Access
    4. Societal Impacts
    5. Protecting the Planet

Papers accepted for the Conference Proceedings will be submitted for publication in IEEE Xplore, with some papers selected for revision and publication in a special issue of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine..

Authors wishing to participate at the conference must register individually. Each accepted paper will be assigned one oral presentation in the program. Only papers actually presented at the Conference shall be included in the conference publications and be eligible for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.


Paper submissions for IEEE ISTAS 2018 will follow a single stage review and acceptance process, should align with at least one of the topics listed above, be 4000 – 5000 words max. on up to 6 pages, must be submitted in Word format (.doc) using the ISTAS submission form, and must comply with the IEEE format and specifications as described in the ISTAS 2018 Paper Template. Authors of accepted papers are required to submit the final updated camera-ready manuscript using the submission form by the Final Paper Submission deadline.

Acceptance/rejection of full papers is based on blind peer review by the ISTAS 2018 Technical Program Committee. Please ensure that no contact details are provided within the text or properties of the document when submitted. These are to be added by the authors to the final version of accepted papers submitted for presentation at the conference and inclusion in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Each accepted paper will be allotted 15-20 minutes in the Conference program for authors to give an oral presentation of the paper and to respond to any questions or comments from the audience. Corresponding PPT presentations should be submitted using the ISTAS submission form by the above deadline.

Panel, Tutorial and Workshop  proposal deadline 16 June 2018
Paper submission deadline (5000 Words) 1 July 2018
Accept/Reject notification date papers 10 Aug 2018
Final Paper submission & author registration   7 Sept 2018


A parallel panel session will normally be 60 or 90 minutes in duration, with a moderator and 2 – 4 panelists, and a clear alignment with one or more conference themes.

Ideally it should complement, but in any case should avoid duplicating or significantly overlapping with existing confirmed plenary panels and specialist panels.

Focus of Plenary Panels

  • A Partnership Approach to Community led Sustainable Development
  • Creating Ethically Informed Standards
  • Current Challenges in Technology Policy
  • The Future of Ethical Education

Focus of Specialist Panels (parallel participatory sessions)

Presenters should propose oral contributions (each oral contribution should be described in an extended abstract of min 200 and max 300 words) which may or not be supported by a paper submission. Any such paper submissions should clearly identify the proposed panel with which it is associated.