The VBER 2017 is a comprehensively refereed conference. All submitted papers will be refereed by experts working in the same/similar areas of research. Authors with papers being rejected will be provided with the written refereed reports at the time the notification is made.  Accepted papers for presenting at the Conference will be provided with the written refereed report(s) after the registration of attendance and presentation at VBER 2017 is completed by the authors. Authors with accepted papers will be given 1 week for registration unless otherwise advised after the notification of acceptance is delivered.

Authors are invited to submit full-length papers by the due dates, which are listed below. A selection of best papers will be made presented by the VBER 2017 committee upon recommendations from the Technical Committees.

Only online submissions will be considered. The full papers must be submitted before or by 31 July 2017.  Written referee’ reports will be provided. And if the papers are accepted, then the revised version of the papers must be submitted by 25 October 2017 for an inclusion in the Conference Proceedings unless otherwise advised.

At least one author of an accepted paper must register and attend the Conference to present the paper. Multiple submissions are welcome. However, each author may present only one paper in the Conference. If multiple submissions are accepted, then a different author will be required to register and present each paper.

All papers submitted will undergo the blind peer review process and therefore should conform to the following guidelines:

– Language: English
– Paper length: Abstract: max 100 words;

Full paper: within 25 pages, including references, tables/ charts and keywords

– Key words: 3-5 words
– JEL Classification: At least one code provided
– Font: 12-point Times New Roman
– Paragraph: Single-spaced
– Margin: Normal (Top: 2.54cm, Bottom: 2.54cm, Left: 2.54cm, Right: 3.18cm)
– Page numbers: Bottom-centered
– Layout: One-column Portrait
– File type: PDF

Parts of the paper

All papers submitted should be arranged in the following order: (i) Title page; (ii) Main text; (iii) References & Appendices.

Title page

The title page should contain (i) title of the paper, (iii) the full names of the authors, (iv) the author’s institutional affiliations at which the work was carried out, (v) the full postal and email address, plus telephone number, of the author to whom correspondence about the paper should be sent; and (vi) acknowledgments. The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote. Do not use abbreviations in the title.

Acknowledgements. The source of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged.

Main text

As papers are blind peer reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors and should contain (i) the abstract, (ii) keywords, (iii) JEL code(s), (iv) texts.

References & Appendices

References. The Harvard (author, date) system of referencing is used (examples are given below). In the text give the author’s name followed by the year in parentheses: Smith (2000). If there are two authors use ‘and’: Smith and Jones (2001); but if cited within parentheses use ‘&’: (Smith & Jones 2001). When reference is made to a work by three or more authors, the first name followed by et al. should be used: MacDonald et al. (2002). In the reference list, references should be listed in alphabetical order and cite the names of all authors when there are six or fewer; when seven or more, list the first three followed by et al.

Appendices. These should be placed at the end of the paper, numbered in Roman numerals and referred to in the text. If written by a person other than the author of the main text, the writer’s name should be included below the title.

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