Call for papers: submission guidelines


Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study: a longitudinal studies conference

Organised by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Deadline for submissions: Friday 10 January 2020, 23:59
Conference date: Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 April 2020
Location: Hallam Conference Centre, London
Visit the conference event page for more details.

Click here to complete the online submission form.


Submission guidelines

The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) will turn 50 years old in April 2020. The UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies is organising a scientific conference to celebrate this special anniversary.

We welcome submissions from researchers, across all sectors and careers stages, who are using BCS70 data, or data from any of the other CLS cohort studies (the 1958 National Child Development Study, Next Steps and the Millennium Cohort Study), for research on the following themes:

  • Ageing
  • Cognition
  • Education and social mobility
  • Employment, income and wealth
  • Families and intra-household dynamics
  • Health behaviours
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Physical health
  • Poverty and adversity
  • Statistical and survey methods

Studies using data from the latest Age 46 Biomedical Sweep of BCS70 are particularly encouraged, as are studies involving cross-study or intergenerational comparisons, or analyses of linked data.

Your submission

You can submit an abstract for a single paper, or propose a symposium of 3-4 presentations from different speakers that you will chair.

We are also inviting postgraduate student submissions for rapid-fire presentations. These 5-minute presentations will be included in a showcase of exemplary student research using the CLS cohorts. Students should follow the same submission guidelines to put forward their research. Please indicate if you are a postgraduate student on your submission form.

The online submission form

The online form will ask for the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your institution/organisation
  • Your email address
  • Names of any additional speakers or co-authors
  • Presentation title
  • Long abstract (max. 4,000 characters)
  • Short abstract (max. 600 characters)
  • Relevant conference themes
  • Will the research be published by the time of the conference?
  • If successful, would you like your submission to be considered for press or other publicity?

If you are submitting a proposal for a symposium, you will be required to include speakers, titles, long abstracts, and short abstracts for each presentation in the symposium.

Your long abstract will be the main information reviewed by the Programme Committee. It should be no more than 4,000 characters long and include the following information:

  • Objectives/research questions
  • Data
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Any impact or potential impact of the research outside the academic community

When submitting to the conference, you must agree to abide by the conference terms & conditions.

Reviewing and acceptance

All submissions will be reviewed by the Programme Committee. We will advise you of the outcome of your submission by the week of Monday 27 January 2020.

Those whose submissions are successful will have until Monday 9 March 2020 to make final amendments resulting from the reviewing process and to upload their final abstracts, which will be included in the conference programme. Presentations (PowerPoint slides) will need to be sent by end of day Tuesday 21 April 2020.

Acceptance criteria

When reviewing your submission, the Programme Committee will be asked to consider:

  • Is the research based on CLS cohort data?
  • What is the scientific quality of the research?
  • Does the submission include key results?
  • Does the research fit with one of the conference themes?
  • Has the research had impact outside the scientific community, or does it have the potential for impact?

Further information

For more information on the conference, please visit the conference page on our website.
For any enquiries, please contact:

Registration fees

Please note that speakers will need to register for the conference and are responsible for their own registration fee: £120 (2 day) or £80 (1 day) for regular tickets, and £60 (2 day) or £40 (1 day) for student tickets. These fees have been subsidised by CLS.

Unfortunately, CLS is unable to offer any financial support to speakers or delegates for travel or any other expenses incurred.

Contact us

Centre for Longitudinal Studies
UCL Social Research Institute

20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL


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