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Call for Papers


We invite academicians, practitioners, research scholars, and students to submit research papers and business cases in the area of frugal innovation. Authors are also encouraged to submit research work on topics not covered by the listed sub-themes but relevant to the overall conference theme. See submission details below.


The aim of the poster session is to create a lively and engaged discussion maximizing the opportunities for early-stage ideas exchange and interdisciplinary discussion on emerging or novel ideas/research. To achieve this we invite academicians and researchers to submit poster proposals in the light of the above-mentioned poster session aims.

The abstract of the research paper to be submitted (in word format) at

Submission Guideline


Scope: The paper should fit into the general scope of the conference and be attributed to one of the conference tracks. We welcome interdisciplinary papers.

Format and Paper Length:

Research Paper

Abstract: Authors are required to submit an abstract that includes the objectives and scope of the research, methodology and findings. The abstract should not exceed 1500 words. Kindly send in word format (12, Times New Roman, 1.5 spaced). Please submit only Extended Abstract as specified.

Full paper: Full papers should be submitted before November 1, 2019 to be eligible for Best Paper Award and as a chapter in an edited book by a renowned publisher. Full papers are limited to a maximum of 10 to 12 pages.

Practitioner Track:

Theme papers in essay/problem solution format are welcome.


In addition to the traditional competitive and interactive papers, we welcome posters to be presented in a dedicated poster session.
Here presenters will exhibit the poster they prepared in a large poster hall where all conference participants have the chance to walk by and engage in a fruitful conversation.

Submissions must conform to the following guidelines:

For the presentation of your project and discussion with viewers, it is helpful if you prepare a 5 minutes presentation and bring business cards as well as sketch paper, sticky notes, pens, and markers for discussion.


The paper must be written in English without major grammatical or stylistic errors. It is recommended to proofread the article before the final submission.

Peer Review Criteria: Each paper is reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee to be accepted. The review criteria are the following:

The paper should have a clear contribution to the research field. Purely descriptive papers without any clear findings are not accepted. The following elements of the paper are required:

Research Question / Problem Statement: the authors should give a clear research question (for research papers) or problem statement (for experience papers) they are to address in the text. Both the research question and problem statement need to be justified by either theoretical or social topicality.

Literature / Background Review: the paper must contain a strong literature review encompassing the up-to-date academic articles and books (for research papers) or give a sufficient background (for experience papers).The review needs to be relevant to the research question.

Theoretical Grounding and Methodology: The paper should give a theoretical argument or use a theoretical framework, as well as to provide a methodology relevant to address the research problem.

Empirical Analysis / Case Selection: The research papers must present either an empirical research based on gathered data. Qualitative or quantitative methods of empirical analysis should be used. Another option is to present a review, but in this case, the literature selection method should be specified. In case of experience papers, the authors need to justify the case selection and prove its significance to the international audience.

Discussion: Both the complete research and experience papers need to critically examine the findings and address them in the discussion section. In case of the research paper, authors are welcome to elaborate on how their findings contribute to the global scientific research in the field. In the ongoing research paper, there can be some elaboration on future research. Experience papers must analyse at least advantages and disadvantages of the proposed best practice.


FICFAI aims at the highest level of academic standards. We expect submissions to be original work of the authors. The detection of the rules violation leads to the rejection at any stage.

Originality of Papers:

The paper submitted to this conference must contain original work and must not be published anywhere before. An exception can be made for papers published on the Internet as draft-versions or preprints, but the author should disclose if the paper has already been presented or is available on the Internet as a draft or preprint.


A paper must contain no plagiarism (including extensive self-plagiarism) and other incorrect borrowings. Plagiarism includes copying and pasting passages from the Internet and other sources, word-for-word borrowings from other texts as well as paraphrasing them without proper references. All direct borrowings should be accompanied with references, quotation marks and other means of academic language. All submissions undergo pre-review for originality and plagiarism.


The author should have all proper rights for copyrighted materials used in the paper. Pictures, figures etc. must either have a free license for commercial use or be created by the author.

Further details will be communicated after the acceptance of abstract.