Information for Authors

Important Dates

Paper submission deadlineMay 29, 2018
First-round notificationsJune 15, 2018 July 9, 2018
Final paper deadlineJuly 30, 2018
Conference startSeptember 26, 2018

Call For Papers

We invite your participation in exploring how to build a shared future through Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs). COINs are virtual teams of intrinsically motivated innovators that get together over the Internet to create something radically new. At this year’s conference we focus our attention on health and happiness, future technologies in business, social innovation and entrepreneurship, and education in a city where the founders of today’s China started their journey seventy years ago as a COIN on a red boat. Papers, abstracts and workshop proposals will be accepted for four tracks:

  1. Health and Happiness
  2. Emerging technologies
  3. Social innovation and entrepreneurship
  4. Education

We also welcome other papers in the broad area of Collaborative Innovation Networks and future technologies, such as methodological approaches, design and COINs, and leadership and COINs.

In today's unpredictable world, innovation and rapid adaptation of emerging technologies is becoming a key imperative. Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs) - as self-organizing emergent social systems - are primary building blocks of innovation for coping with external change. As small cyberteams of intrinsically motivated individuals, COIN members get together to innovate in domains they are passionate about and to respond to unexpected events and opportunities.

Innovation through COINs is particularly important in health and happiness. For example, COINs of patients, family members, doctors, and researchers are formed to develop together new, innovative ways of dealing with chronic diseases and improving patient and caregiver quality of life. Measuring human dynamics and interaction will lead to interventions for a healthier and happier life. Another area in healthcare where COINs build a better life is reducing infant mortality by forming COINs of mothers, social workers, doctors, and policy makers, to provide mothers with the support necessary to give their newborns a better future than they had themselves. In internal healthcare processes, COINs act as an enabler for process change, and represent a novel approach to Human Resource Management, using information more effectively, through critical evaluation, and creatively seeking solutions.

A second area for COINs to improve our world is in emerging and future technologies, where COINs can strengthen adaptability and transformability to leverage novel ideas as a competitive advantage. Inside large corporations COINs can form spontaneously and with minimal management intervention to creatively react to new opportunities and external threats. COINs might appear in well-established firms as a bottom-up response to find new applications for emerging technologies, thus flexibly adapting to change and anticipating competitors’ next moves. COINs also will be tremendously useful to startups, offering new self-organizing forms of leadership, where all stakeholders, including founders, early employees, customers, suppliers and business partners, collaborate to develop new and innovative products, services, and business models for an ever-changing environment.

Creativity through COINs is also necessary in social innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainability. COINs can help align practice with policy and provide leadership in seeking funding from diverse sources. In urban areas, social innovation through COINs has turned crisis into opportunity, as the city has become a source of inspiration and solutions for innovative new models of urban governance.

Creating COINs of students in an educational setting will teach them latest advances in artificial intelligence, deep learning and predictive analytics, where self-organizing student teams might collaborate over long-distance to solve complex problems. Students might also engage in rotating leadership behaviors inside the classroom which often leads to improved learning outcomes. Similarly, COINs of faculty and researchers re-shape the higher education environment by re-imagining the future of collaborations across departments and institutions.

List of Topics
  • Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs)
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Happiness
  • Health
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Design Science
  • Sustainable innovation
  • Emerging Technologies

Format and submission process details

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

  • Full papers: max 14 pages describing completed research results or case studies.
  • Research-in-progress papers: max 6 pages describing late breaking results and emerging topics.
  • Extended abstracts: 400 words about research-in-progress (will only be published on conference website).
  • Workshops: You are invited to submit proposals for two-hour interactive workshops, to engage participants in active hands-on experience.
Blind review policy

Papers are subject to double blind peer reviewing. Your submission should have authors' names and affiliations removed, and avoid obvious identifying statements. Citations to your own relevant work should not be anonymous, but rather should be done without identifying yourself as the author. For example, say "Prior work by [authors]" instead of "In our prior work."

Submission procedure

Papers should be submitted in .doc(x) or .pdf format at a maximal length of 14 pages. All papers must be formatted according to the Springer template. A list of key style points on manuscript structure, figure resolution, and reference style can be found here.

Please indicate if you would like to present your paper as a conventional lecture, or as in interactive talk in combination with a poster.

Workshop proposals

If you plan to submit a Workshop proposal, please include the following:

  1. Title for your Workshop
  2. Description (Rationale, Goals, Benefits for participants)
  3. Length (max 2 hours)
  4. Max Number of Participants
  5. Short Bio of the Workshop Facilitator(s)

All questions about submissions should be emailed to Francesca Grippa or Qi Wen