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ETD 2020 will be Virtual!

As the COVID19 pandemic is likely to remain a serious issue for the remainder of the year, the host Committee at UAEU has decided to host ETD 2020 as a virtual conference.

The ETD2020 Conference Committee will be in touch with speakers, sponsors, and those wishing to participate, with extended deadlines for submission of papers, for programming and for registration.

Please consult the conference website (click here) for the most up-to-date information.

ETD 2020: Award Program Announced!

NDLTD 2020 Award Program Announced! Submit nominations by July 15th, 2020.

For details, click here.


Join us for ETD2020 (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) Conference in November 16-18, 2020 in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Our theme, ‘Discovery, data, and dates’ is a reflection of our interest in the enhancement of discovery of research through digital repositories, access to data from around the world and how the Networked Digital Libraries of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) have contributed to research over time, and a light-hearted reference to our location in the home of research into date palms. 

The conference will be held at the United Arab Emirates University campus in the oasis city of Al Ain, within the Abu Dhabi Emirate of the UAE and we look forward to welcome you as researchers, librarians, archivists, open access advocates and industry representatives to this exotic location at a time of the year when the weather is perfect! 

Dates: 16-18 November 2020

Location: The state-of-the-art campus of the United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain. 

First in the region

NDLTD is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). We support electronic publishing and open access to scholarship in order to enhance the sharing of knowledge worldwide. 

See the web site for details and background of the NDLTD organisation which was established in 1998 and has since held international conferences in the US, Europe, Oceana, Africa and Asia. 

ETD2019 was held in Porto, Portugal in November 2019. Previous conferences have been held in Taiwan (2018), Washington DC, USA (2017), Lille, France (ETD 2016), New Delhi, India (ETD 2015), Leicester, UK (ETD 2014), Hong Kong (ETD 2013); Lima, Peru (ETD 2012); Cape Town, South Africa (ETD 2011); Austin, Texas, USA (ETD 2010); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (ETD 2009); Aberdeen, Scotland (ETD 2008); Uppsala, Sweden (ETD 2007) Quebec City, Canada (ETD 2006), Sydney Australia (ETD 2005); Lexington, Kentucky, USA (ETD 2004), and Berlin, Germany (ETD 2003).The first meeting was held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in June 1998. 

This conference, ETD2020 will be the first in the region, and we expect it will attract many participants from all over the world and specifically the Gulf region. 

Conference Themes: Discovery, Data, & Dates

We invite papers and posters on topics addressing electronic resources in research from managing print collections to e-collections in supporting research: 

  • Institutional repositories and platforms
  • Open Scholarship - Open Access - Open Science – policies, practices, use cases
  • Research Data management
  • Digital archives
  • Technical processes – scanning; PDF; OCR; Arabic language texts; format migration

Submission Timeline

Abstracts for proposed papers will be considered and upon acceptance presenters will be invited to provide full papers for peer-review and program development according to the following timetable: 

Call for papers

1st December 2019

Deadline for abstract submission 

February 1st, 2020

Acceptance of abstracts

February 15th, 2020

Deadline for full-length papers

May 15th, 2020

Acceptance of papers

June 15th, 2020

Conference program will include several invited keynote addresses, workshops and submitted papers/presentations. All presenters, including poster presenters will be invited to prepare and submit a final version for publication online, subject to editorial and peer review before publication. 

New journal

The NDLTD Board has decided to launch a new journal to publish such papers and related content. Selected papers of those submitted to the ETD2020 will be considered for editing and inclusion in the new journal from 2020. 

Please submit all abstracts (up to 350 words) in a word format providing Author(s) Names and affiliations; Title; and relevant conference theme. 

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Contact Details:

+971-3-713 4412


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