Call For Notes

(Spanish version / español )


The 11th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2020) cordially invites you to submit your work to Notes. With a 4-page limit, Notes are intended to introduce work-in-progress and also serves as an excellent venue to submit revised papers that may not be ready for full-paper status.   In cooperation with ACM SIGCAS, ICTD 2020 will provide an international forum for scholarly researchers to explore the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the context of social, political, and economic development. The conference is being hosted by Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on June 17th-20th, 2020. 

Notes can be submitted either in English or Spanish.

Important Dates


March 13, 2020: Deadline for submission of Notes

April 10, 2020:  Notification of acceptances for Notes

May 1, 2020:  Camera-ready deadline for Notes

>>All submissions are due at 8pm, Anywhere on Earth<<



With a 4-page limit, Notes are intended to introduce work-in-progress that may be published later in a journal, as well as to document shorter project write-ups. An ICTD Note is likely to have a more focused and succinct research contribution to the ICTD field than Full Papers. For example, Notes on novel ICTD systems may not cover the entire design of the system but may instead go into depth in specific areas (e.g., how the system was evaluated with real users or how the formative work to create the system was conducted). Notes are also not expected to include a discussion of related work that is as broad and complete as that of a submission to the Full Papers program. Accepted Notes will be presented as poster presentations at the conference. This year we are also introducing short oral presentations (in addition to posters) for top notes based on the recommendations of reviewers.

Notes will be evaluated by at least two multidisciplinary reviewers in a double-blind fashion and will be assessed according to their research contribution, methodological soundness, quality of analysis, quality of writing, and presentation. Manuscripts considering novel designs, new technologies, project assessments, policy analyses, impact studies, theoretical contributions, social issues around ICT and development, and so forth will be considered. However Notes need not necessarily be as comprehensive, novel, or generalizable as Full Papers.


Only original, unpublished, research papers in English will be considered. Notes must use the ACM templates (LaTex and Word) and must be no longer than 4 pages respectively. (The main text, figures, tables, footnotes, etc. excluding references must fit within these page limits). Additional material may be included in an Appendix, but the text within the page limits must read as a standalone work. Submissions longer than the page limits, not in the template format, not related to the conference themes, and/or not meeting a minimum bar of academic research writing will be rejected without full review. Submitted Notes must not include names or other information that would identify the authors. All accepted Notes will be made available in the ACM Digital Library. Copyright for Notes will be retained by the authors.

Over the past several decades, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become more pervasive, accessible, and relevant in the lives of people around the world. Virtually no sphere of human activity remains apart from ICTs, from markets to health care, education to governance, family life to artistic expression. Diverse groups across the world interact with, are affected by, and can shape the design of these technologies. The ICTD conference is a place to understand these interactions, and to examine, critique, and refine the persistent, pervasive hope that ICTs can be enlisted by individuals and communities in the service of human development. There are multidisciplinary challenges associated with the engineering, application, and adoption of ICTs in developing regions and/or for development, with implications for design, policy, and practice.

For the purposes of this conference, the term “ICT” comprises electronic technologies for information processing and communication, as well as systems, interventions, and platforms that are built on such technologies. “Development” includes, but is not restricted to, poverty alleviation, education, agriculture, healthcare, general communication, gender equality, governance, infrastructure, environment, and sustainable livelihoods. The conference program will reflect the multidisciplinary nature of ICTD research, with anticipated contributions from fields including, but not limited to, anthropology, computer science, communication, design, economics, electrical engineering, geography, human-computer interaction, information science, information systems, political science, public health, and sociology. Notes can be submitted either in English or Spanish. 


Notes will be published in ACM International Conference Proceedings, a journal indexed on Scopus. Conditions for publication will be disseminated after acceptance of submissions for presentation at the conference.

Human Subjects and Ethical Considerations

Submissions that describe experiments with human subjects, that analyze data derived from human subjects, or that otherwise may put humans at risk should:

  • Disclose whether the research received an approval or waiver from each of the authors’ institutional ethics review boards (IRB) if applicable.
  • Discuss steps taken to ensure that participants and others who might have been affected by an experiment were treated ethically and with respect.

If a Note raises significant ethical concerns, it might be rejected based on these concerns.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Notes chairs at

Notes Chairs

  • Michaelanne Dye, University of Michigan
  • Eduardo Villanueva-Mansilla, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
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