Information for Authors and Participants


Here you can find information concerning your submissions and conference registration:
Abstract | Awards | Code of Conduct | Contact | Dates | Discounts | Invoice | Location | Poster | Presentation | Refunds | Registration | Review procedure | Workshops |

Abstract:

If you want to submit your research for the GOR conference, this is what you have to do:

The official conference language is English, which means all abstracts have to be handed in written in English. Abstracts should be submitted online via the GOR 20 ConfTool until the deadline for the track or competition mentioned in the Call for Papers. The abstract length can be up to 350 words. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed with respect to the quality of each of the following four paragraphs in the abstract:

Relevance & Research Question: —your text here—
Methods & Data: —your text here—
Results: —your text here—
Added Value: —your text here—

Please use the above template for your abstract submission (one paragraph for each criteria and include the keywords at the beginning of each paragraph). Incomplete abstracts with respect to the formal criteria above are likely to be rejected. Please note that purely promotional presentations will not be considered. In case your research is still work in progress, and therefore final empirical results are not available at the time of submission, you will be asked to hand in your results later. In this case, please note in the comments field during submission at what date you will be able to update your abstract. Please note that we cannot accept presentations unless final results are available. The presentations at the conference can last up to 15 minutes each followed by 5 minutes of discussion. Please consider a poster presentation for work in progress.

There are different submission criteria for the GOR Thesis Award 2020 competition: Submissions here should include the thesis as PDF-file, an extended abstract (limited to 7000 characters (including spaces)), a cover letter written by the contestant with details on affiliation, degree programme, supervisors, and graduation date, together with an agreement to present the results at the GOR conference. While the thesis itself might be in German all other submitted material has to be in English.

If your abstract has been accepted for the GOR conference, these are the things you have to do until 4 February 2020 (exact date will be published soon):

The abstract that you have submitted will appear in the exact same format in the abstracts reader. For this reason we kindly ask you to check your abstract and your personal details for the conference print-outs in the GOR 20 ConfTool. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for the accuracy of your abstract in form and content.

Please make sure the following details are correct:
a) Author(s): The name format has to comply with conventions mentioned in the ConfTool, e.g., Leon Festinger(1), Karl R. Popper(2), James Coleman(1,2).
b) Do not capitalize the entire title. Capitalize the first letter of significant words only, i.e. do not capitalize words such as and, to, of, in, etc. as mentioned in the information on your submission.
c) Do not use empty lines or double spaces within your abstract and title, e.g. at the end of our abstract.
d) To begin a new paragraph hit the RETURN key only once.
e) Do not provide author name, additional author information in the abstract field.
f) Check your spelling.

The abstract should follow a formal structure and the following keywords should be included in the abstract:
a) Relevance & Research Question: —your text here—
b) Methods & Data: —your text here—
c) Results: —your text here—
d) Added Value: —your text here—

Voluntary:
a) Did you mention all of your co-authors?
b) Do you want to name their affiliation?
c) Do you want to publish their e-mail addresses?
d) Do you like to publish additional contact information of you and your co-authors (URLs, telephone numbers)?
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Awards:

There are three awards being given out at the GOR conferences: the GOR Best Practice Award, the GOR Poster Award as well as the GOR Thesis Award. More information on these awards and the competition proceedings can be found here.
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Code of Conduct:

Please take note of the DGOF & GOR Code of Conduct – you can access it here.
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Contact:

German Society for Online Research/
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Online-Forschung e.V. (DGOF)
Dr. Otto Hellwig (Chair of the DGOF board)
Assistant Prof. Dr. Bella Struminskaya (Chair of the GOR 20 programme committee)
Prof. Dr. Florian Keusch (Vice Chair of the GOR 20 programme committee)
Dr. Birgit Bujard (Managing Director DGOF)

Huhnsgasse 34b
50676 Cologne
Germany
office@dgof.de
phone: (+49) – (0)221 – 27 23 18 180
fax: (+49) – (0)221 – 27 23 18 113 (attn. DGOF)
https://www.dgof.de
https://www.gor.de
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Dates:

18 November 2019: Extended deadline for abstract submission for presentations in tracks A-C and GOR Thesis Award 2020 competition

3 December 2019: Deadline for abstract submission for GOR Best Practice Award 2019 competition

Mid-December 2019: Announcement of the preliminary conference programme

23 January 2020: Deadline for abstract submission for posters and GOR Poster Award 2020 competition

31 January 2020: Deadline for early registration and presenting author registration

4 February 2020: Deadline for revision of accepted conference abstracts

1 September 2020: Deadline for presentation and poster upload

10- 11 September 2020: General Online Research 2020 (GOR 20)

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Discounts:

DGOF members receive a discount on the conference fee. If your company is a corporate member of DGOF, you receive the member discount as well. If you are not sure whether your company is a member, please contact the DGOF office via office@dgof.de before registering.

There is an early registration discount for anyone else registering by 31 January 2020. Please keep in mind that presenting authors have to be registered for the conference by that date as well as otherwise the inclusion of their presentation in the conference program cannot be guaranteed.

More information on the conference fees for GOR 20 can be found here.
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Invoice:

After registering for conference attendance via the GOR 20 ConfTool you will receive an e-mail confirming your registration. You will also get an e-mail from the DGOF office with your invoice which you can then print out. We will not be sending you an invoice by post unless you specifically request one by contacting the DGOF office (office@dgof.de or call +49-(0)221 – 27 23 18 180).

Please pay your conference fee within 7 days after registering (receipt of payment in our account).
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Location:

GOR 20 will take place as a virtual conference.
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Poster:

Posters offer a great opportunity to get in touch with people who share your research interests. Use this opportunity to explain your research! Start a conversation! Posters can be more effective than giving a talk. Abstracts for posters can be submitted until 23 January 2020 via the GOR 20 ConfTool.

If your poster has been accepted for the GOR conference, you have to upload your poster (and audio – voluntary) to ConfTool until 1 September 2020: How to prepare a poster for GOR 20

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Presentation:

If you wish to do a presentation at GOR 20 you can submit an abstract via the GOR 20 ConfTool. Submissions for Track A, B, C and the GOR Thesis Award 2020 competition can be made until 15 November 2019. Submissions for the GOR Best Practice Award 2020 competition can be done until 3 December 2019.

If your presentation has been accepted for the GOR conference, you have to prepare and upload your poster until 1 September 2020: How to prepare a video for GOR 20

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Refunds:

If the participant (m/f/d) cancels his/her registration up to 3 months before the event, he/she will receive a full refund of the participation fee.
If the participant (m/f/d) cancels his/her registration after this date, only 80% of the participation fee will be refunded. The participant (m/f/d) has the opportunity to prove that the damages incurred by DGOF in this case are less than the remaining 20% of the participation fee or that no damages were incurred at all.
If the cancellation of the participant has caused higher costs, DGOF reserves the right to withhold these costs instead of the percentage value.
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Registration:

All visitors and participants of the GOR conference need to register online. This registration is the confirmation that you will attend GOR. Registration has started.

There are various participant groups: students, academic participants and presenting authors and commercial participants. If you are not sure to which of these participant groups you belong, please contact the DGOF office via office@dgof.de before registering. If you are a DGOF-member you receive a disount.

Only one author of a paper to be presented at GOR gets a discount on the conference fee. This rebate is not valid for any of the co-authors. Co-authors have to register as regular visitors no matter whether the paper will be presented by more than one person at the conference.

As always, there is one exception to this rule: Papers presented in the GOR Best Practice Competition have to be presented by two people (one representative of the research institute and one of the company). Here the presenting author discount is granted to one author from each of these groups.

To allow for a mention in the conference program, presenting authors must register by 31 January 2020. The registration deadline for poster presenters is 31 January 2020 as well.
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Review procedure:

All abstracts submitted are scored in a double-blind peer review by members of the GOR International Board according to the criteria mentioned in the submission format (clarity and quality of the four aspects: relevance & research question, methods & data, results, added value). Most submissions receive feedback and comments from 3 reviewers, together with the final decision of acceptance or rejection. Naturally, the chances of acceptance are increased if all four criteria are addressed in the abstract.
The programme committee is in charge of the final decisions based on the reviews. In case of multiple submissions by the same author(s) the programme committee reserves the right to limit the number of accepted submissions.

Review scheme:

Before reviewers submit their final recommendation on an 11-point-scale the GOR programme committee proposes the following scheme in which they can add points with respect to the criteria below:

Start with zero points. Then consider

Relevance & Research Question(s), up to 2 points: If the research question(s) and relevance is/are important or innovative add up to two points. If it is unclear, vague or missing, add zero points. If you have mixed feelings or it is neither good nor bad, add 1 point.

Methods & Data, up to 2 points: zero, if method is inadequate or not mentioned, 1 point if method is convincing and adequate, +1 for well documented sampling procedure and data description (e.g. non-probability sample, students, n=36 or 500 invitations to members of panel XY).

Results, up to 2 points: zero, if no explicit results are included or the authors did not address the research question. Add points for explicit results.

Added Value, up to 2 points: Add points, if it is clear what the results add to the existing body of knowledge or a recommendation was drawn from the results.

Add up to 2 bonus points for outstanding work and aspects that were not covered in this evaluation scheme, such as overall fit of submission to GOR conference, fit into track type (e.g., online research methodology or applied online market research, …) or other aspects in the abstract you would like to reward.

You might need to ignore this scheme, if it seems unappropriate for the submitted research (e.g., research without data collection).
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Workshops:

The workshops planned for this year unfortunately cannot take place. All paid workshop fees will be refunded.

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