The first conference paper of the PhD

picture-1Early this year, I (with my supervisors) submitted an abstract for the i3 conference (information: interactions and impact) due to be held in Aberdeen in June 2017. As with most of the PhD students in our School, we decided to aim for submitting a full paper for the conference in the hope that it would get accepted. However we knew there was the possibility that the reviewers could ask for a short paper or even reject the whole paper idea.

I waited a long time for the feedback of my abstract but I understood that they had been sent to different reviewers an there was nothing I could do but wait. I had hoped to hear before my annual leave in March but got to the point where I had to leave the PhD behind for a week and not think about a thing. I left my supervisor with some kind instructions to contact me if anything was wrong with the abstract. She did just that. You can see the news I received here.

The decision was made to accept my abstract for a full paper… with no amendments to be made. This means that I did not have to do anything to the abstract for it to be accepted and for me, this was a huge relief. It also was a sense of achievement as it was the first time my research had been welcomed into the information science domain without any question at all.

You see, my research is not always accepted in the Information Science domain as it is not 100% Information Science (even though my PhD topic is). My PhD incorporates literature form a variety of domains, including employment research, organisational studies, human resources and even some Psychology and it is my job to make it count in the Information Science domain, ground the research there and make it stay.

This is where my next PhD task comes in… writing of the conference paper!

The paper I will be writing  fits quite nicely on grounding my research in the information science literature as it explores my theoretical framework. If you read my blog you may already know that my theoretical framework will incorporate Social Cognitive Theory (Bandura, 1986). The theory (originally from Psychology – but shhh don’t tell anyone that!) explains how people learn and that there are three main factors that interact and interplay in this learning process: (1) intra-personal factors; (2) behaviours and; (3) environment. If you would like to know more about the theory, please do explore the references at the bottom of the page as I swore by these when looking into whether the theory was right.

Triadic reciprocal causation in the Social Cognitive Theory (Pálsdóttir, 2013).

So my paper will explain the application of Social Cognitive Theory to my own PhD research. It will ground my research in the domain of information science by explaining the theory and how it has been used in information science research. More importantly, it will explore the contributions my research will make in terms of the theory and discuss the methods I have used (and will be using) to collect my data and answer my research questions proposed.

I can’t really tell you much more about the paper yet, firstly because it’s not written yet and secondly because it may be published. Once this is done, I can explore the information a little further.

For now I just have to get writing and prepare the paper as best I can so that my conference presentation can be worked off that.


Bandura, A. (1986). Social Foundations of Thought and Action: A Social Cognitive Theory. Prentice Hall: Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Pálsdóttir, A. (2013). Social cognitive theory. In Wilson, T. D. (Ed.). Theory in information behaviour research. Sheffield, UK: Eiconics Ltd. [E-book] ISBN 978-0-9574957-0-8.

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