Instructions for Papers


General Guidelines for Submitting a Paper

All papers must be submitted via the ConfTool Conference System at Please be sure that your paper is formatted correctly, using the Conference Template, and that you have named and saved it as directed below.

The following rules apply to all types of papers. In addition to the listed guidelines, all papers should be concerned with mathematics education and conform to the major aims of PME as stated in the Constitution.


  • Completed research as well as ongoing studies may be submitted, provided that the theoretical framework, preliminary results and related literature appear in the paper. The authors should state what is new in their research, how it builds on past research, and/or develops into new directions.
  • Papers should be concise, but should also contain the necessary information to inform both the reviewers and other researchers.
  • Papers too similar to papers previously presented will not be accepted.
  • You must use a template for the final version of the submitted paper. The template can be downloaded from the PME35 website through the link to Conference Template, where you find the template and the instructions to fill it.

General Regulations

  • Each applicant can be presenting author on only one RR or SO presentation. Each RR or SO applicant may also present a poster, as well as a Research Forum or Working Session/Discussion Group, if they wish.
  • No author's name should appear in the program more than four times (including Research Reports (RR), Short Oral (SO), Poster Presentation (PP), Research Forum (RF), Working Session (WS), Discussion Group (DG).
  • Only the author(s) of the paper can present  that paper. The names and addresses of first presenting authors and first coordinators (i.e., those designated as the author/coordinator) will be included in an appendix of the proceedings.
  • In order to have a paper for a research report considered by the International Program Committee and sent to reviewers, the presenting author(s) must be pre-registered as participants, paying the non-refundable Conference Deposit by January 15th, 2011.
  • In order to have a paper SO, PP, WS or DG, the presenting author(s) must be pre-registered as participants, paying the non-refundable Conference Deposit by March 1st, 2011.


Submitting a Paper

The submissions should include all required information relating to the research categories. Please download the template for all papers,  through the link to Conference Template, where you find the template and the instructions to fill it.

All files for PME 35 should be submitted in DOC format via the online system by the dates stated for each type of presentation. A blinded version of the paper, if required, should be submitted in PDF format. Instructions for submitting the blind version will be given if such a version is required.

Format of Papers

Maximum number of pages: The maximum number of pages are different for different scientific activities, however, the specified limit includes references, figures, and appendices.

Titles: The title should be capitalized and centered. The author(s) name(s), and affiliation(s) of the author(s), in this order. The name of the presenting author(s) is underlined.

References: In the accepted APA standard style (American Psychological Association).

Files and Files' names: Files should be saved in DOC format, and filenames should indicate the type of scientific activities as well as the name of presenting author, as detailed below.

  • Use RR, SO, PP, DG, RF, WS for Research Report (RR), Short Oral Communication (SO), Poster Presentation (PP), Discussion Group (DG), Research Forum (RF), and Working Session (WS) respectively.
  • For example, a paper for a Short Oral, by FirstName LastName (e.g.; John Smith) for publication in the Proceedings, should be saved as SO_LastName.doc (i.e.; SO_Smith.doc).
  • In the paper, all co-authors with their affiliations have to be included.

Paper Format: A4 paper format with a frame of 170 by 247 mm. The font should be 14 point, Times New Roman is recommended, with a 16-point line space and 6 points between paragraphs.

  • Do not number the pages!
  • Please use exact dimensions, and fill the entire frame!
  • The Conference Template you may download from PME35 website through the link to Conference Template, where you find the template and the instructions to fill it. The template provides the exact format and description. Remember that the original text will be reduced to 70% and appear in the proceedings; changes in style will incur difficulties in the printing of the proceedings.
  • Please be sure that files do not exceed 2 MB.

Table of Research Categories

This section is for your reference when completing the Reviewer information or the Paper information for personal presentations. Reviewers will receive proposals for reviewing according to the research categories they mark in their Reviewer information. The proposals will be sent to reviewers according to the research categories that are marked by the author(s). All papers must be concerned with mathematics education.

Research Domains in Mathematics Education
Affect, emotion, beliefs and attitudes Mathematical modeling
Algebra and algebraic thinking Mathematical thinking
Assessment and evaluation Measurement
Computers and technology Metacognition
Concept and conceptual development Number concepts and operations
Curriculum development Probability and statistical reasoning
Equity Problem solving/problem posing
Functions Proof, proving and argumentation
Gender issues Socio-cultural
Geometrical and spatial thinking Teacher development
Imagery and visualization Teacher’s knowledge, thinking and beliefs
Language and mathematics Work-place related mathematics
Grade Levels
Pre-school (e. g. age under 7) Secondary (e. g. age 10-18)
Elementary (e. g. age 5-12) Post Secondary (e. g. age 16+)
Types of Research
Qualitative/interpretive methods (e.g. Case Study, Action Research, Collaborative Research, Ethnography, Narrative, Teaching Experiment)
Theoretical/Philosophical analysis
Quantitative methods (e. g. Survey design, Experimental design)


Equipment for presentations
Computers and projectors will be available in all rooms.
The equipment listed below will also be available for presentations.
• OHP Projector
• Slide Projector
• LCD Projector with Video Player

If you need any of the above, please indicate your preference by sending a message to the Scientific Secretariat.
On-site booking of equipment will not be possible and hence has to be done in advance.
Confirmation of the availability of your requested equipment will be sent by 31st May 2011.