Research Track

Practitioner Track | Workshops & Tutorials | Posters & Demos | Doctoral Consortium

Full and Short Papers

Full Papers include a clearly explained substantial conceptual, technical or empirical contribution. The scope of the paper must be properly placed with respect to the current state of the field, and the contribution should be clearly described. This includes the conceptual or theoretical aspects at the foundation of the contribution, an explanation of the technical setting (tools used, how are they integrated in the contribution), analysis, and results of a successfully completed experience. Given the emphasis of this year’s conference, explicit consideration should be given to issues of inclusion and/or supporting educational success.

Short Papers can address on-going work, which may include a briefly described theoretical underpinning, an initial proposal or rationale for a technical solution, and preliminary results, again, with consideration of stakeholder engagement issues.

Submissions for Full Papers may be up to 10 pages in total and Short Papers up to 5 pages in total, using the 2-column ACM Proceedings Template

At least one of the authors must register for the conference by the Early Bird Deadline before a paper can be included in the ACM Proceedings.

There will be no downgrading of papers based on reviews (e.g. Full to Short, or Short to Poster). Please submit your work to the most appropriate reviewing category.

Submission of Full and Short Papers

Review Process

Each Full and Short Research Paper will be reviewed by at least three Reviewers. Reviews for each paper will be shared among its reviewers, with summary recommendations made by the Program Committee to the Program Chairs through meta-reviews in addition to the review scores. 

In addition to the particular theme for this year, and the usual criteria that apply to different kinds of work, authors are encouraged to reflect on whether their discussion could be improved with respect to the following:

  • What is the most surprising part of your results? Was this surprise shared by the people involved?
  • Can you justify why you used one specific methodology instead of an alternative? 
  • What is the the value and potential impact of your initiative at scale? 
  • What changes in teaching and learning activities you envision that could be realistically derived from your work? 
  • What is the target audience for your study? 

The five Full Papers with the highest review rankings will be nominated for the ‘Best Research Paper Award’, and identified in the Program and Proceedings. A committee formed from current and past LAK Program Chairs will select the winning paper and the award will be made during the conference.

Particularly for newcomers to LAK, you may find it helpful to view the annual selection of best papers from each conference published in the Journal of Learning Analytics (2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017).


Authors of full papers will have ≤25 minutes at the conference to present their contribution, followed by 5 minutes for questions. Authors of short papers will have ≤15 minutes to present their contribution, followed by 5 minutes for questions.

With author permission, some conference sessions may be recorded and made available after the event. 


Full and Short Papers will be published in the archival, indexed Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.