Abstract (and) Paper Submissions

Call for Abstracts (Papers)- Extended Deadline until 15 March 2023 at 24.00 CET

We invite you to consult the Special Session themes and the General themes and read below instructions before making your submission.

Submission Portal Link
Important: You need to have an account with ERSA to access the below online submission portal.
If you have one, please sign in with your latest account credentials (your email address and password). If you don't have an account yet, you need to click on the "Create new account" button first to have access to the submission form.

Terms & Conditions
Submission of abstracts and Papers and Congress registration 

General Conditions
  • All congress sessions will be held in English, therefore all submissions must be in English. 
  • A submitter must be a (co)author of the submission and (one of) the presenting author(s). 
  • All correspondence will be sent to the submitter. 
  • There is a maximum of 2 submissions and 2 presentations per person. 
  • All participants need to register individually and pay the appropriate registration fee. Registration is effective after full receipt of payment. Only registered authors will be included in the programme.
Requirements by choice of session type & conditions of acceptance
#ERSA2023 Congress acceptance has requirements that depend on the type of session chosen by the corresponding presenter:

Ordinary Sessions (O-)
  • Submission of an abstract is required (Extended Deadline 15 March).
  • After a review process, a decision is made regarding acceptance to the congress.

Special Sessions (S-), Young Scientists Sessions (YS-) and Refereed Sessions (R-)

  • Submission of an abstract and an extended abstract or a full (draft) paper are required (Extended Deadline 15 March). In case an extended abstract was uploaded first, the paper will be required during the registration period.  
  • After a review process, a decision is made regarding acceptance to the Congress and session type.
  • After a registration check, a decision is made regarding final acceptance and programming of the paper in a Special Session, Young Scientists Session or Refereed Session.

Specifications for the format of the submission

Full Paper (for S-Sessions, YS-Sessions and R-Sessions) 
  • A full paper is uploaded as a PDF-file.
  • A full paper is between 5,000 and 10,000 words.
Extended Abstract (for S-Sessions, YS-Sessions and R-Sessions) 
  • An extended abstract is uploaded as a PDF-file in the submission process. 
  • An extended abstract includes a discussion of the objective and contribution of the paper, as well as an explanation of the methods and data used and the (tentative) results and conclusions. 
  • An extended abstract is between 1,200 and 2,000 words.
Abstract (for O-sessions)
  • An abstract must be included in the submission process (text format). 
  • An abstract includes the objective and topic of the contribution as well as a short description of the proposed method and data. 
  • The upload of a full paper is not mandatory but we highly recommend it.
  • An abstract is between 200 and 400 words.

All submissions will be reviewed by the LOC and/or the Scientific Committee. The LOC has the right to reject submissions from the congress or move a submission to another theme or another type of session. A Special Session must have a minimum of 4 submitted papers. In case a proposed Special Session does not meet this condition, the S-submissions will be programmed as an O-Session or an R-Session. All presentations will be assigned a discussant.

Should you have any questions, please send and email to congress@ersa.org

Young Scientists Sessions (YS) 

The Young Scientists Sessions provide young academics in Regional Science the opportunity to present their work to specialists in the field, to receive feedback and a review of the presentation and paper. The time for presentation is around 30 minutes. 

To present in a YS- Session, the presenting author must be:
  • Younger than 33 years on 1 September 2023 and must not have a senior position (i.e associate professor or higher). In case of multiple- authored papers these two criteria are not applicable for the co-author(s).

Eligibility for the Epainos Award 2023
The Young Scientist who candidates for the Epainos Award can present a paper in a Young Scientists Session or in a Special Session. Please note that the time for presentation may be less than 30 minutes if the author makes the decision to present in a Special Session. The upload of an extended abstract or (draft) paper is required during the submission period.

Important: The eligibility for the Epainos Award implies that: All authors of the presented paper must be younger than 33 years on 1 September 2023, must not have a senior position (i.e associate professor or higher).

See for the official rule for the Epainos Award here.


This year’s congress edition will be held onsite in Alicante and online. Registration of presenting author(s) must be made by 30 June 2023 in order to have their paper(s) scheduled in the draft programme (issued by first week of July).

Membership is valuable!
Not yet ERSA Member?  This is the right time to learn more on ERSA Sections' exclusive Membership benefits. More over, becoming member soon will also allow you to get members' rates upon registration to the Congress.  Further information on ERSA sections can be found here
Interested?  Request information on membership via the online submission form when submitting your abstract.

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