Digital Genres and Open Science

International Conference, 26-27 May 2022

University of Zaragoza (Spain)

General description of the conference

Open Science is increasingly gaining attention by scientists and promoted by governments and funding agencies. The digitalization of science facilitates this move towards increased transparency and reproducibility, collaboration and sharing of data and results, and understanding of and engagement in science by the general public. Open digital genres and platforms make it possible to share research processes, data, and outcomes with peers easily, but also to make research results physically available and conceptually accessible for diverse audiences. 

The conference focuses on the rapidly evolving repertoire of genres that support Open Science communication practices online. Specifically, it aims to be a space for reflection and analysis on the opportunities that digital genres offer to communicate science openly to various audiences and of the challenges that composing these genres poses for researchers and academics. 

Strands of research

Submissions on all aspects of digital genres for science communication are welcomed, but contributions addressing the theme of digital genres and Open Science are particularly encouraged. This includes, but is not limited to, papers addressing issues such as:​

  1. Theories and methods for the study of digital genres for Open Science 
  2. Discourse and multimodal studies of digital genres for research communication
  3. Digital genres for scientific knowledge dissemination and public engagement
  4. Processes of recontextualization and generic hybridization in science communication online
  5. Open Science practices, Open Access publishing and open peer review
  6. Studies on perceptions towards Open Science practices
  7. Digital literacies, Languages for Academic Purposes and pedagogies for professional development

Plenary speakers 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
City University of
Hong Kong

Important dates

  • Deadline for abstracts: January 30th, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: February 20th, 2022
  • Early registration: No later than March 30th, 2022
  • Deadline for standard registration: May 16th, 2022
  • Conference: May 26-27th, 2022

Note: This conference has been planned to be held onsite. The organizers are carefully observing the COVID-19 situation and will adapt the conference format to it if the travel and/or sanitary regulations change.

Submission guidelines

Please submit your abstract (MS Word document) of no more than 300 words no later than January 30th2022 using this link. Abstract proposals should be formatted as follows:

  • Title, centred, bold, Times New Roman 14
  • Surname, first name, affiliation, e-mail address
  • Main text, justified, Times New Roman 12
  • Keywords (max. 5), italics, Times New Roman 12
  • References (max.5), APA 7th Edition format

The document should be named after the author(s)’ surname and name.

Authors can only submit one proposal and should indicate the strand of research that best suits their abstract. The standard length for presentations is 15 minutes for presentation, plus 5 minutes for discussion. You will be notified of the outcome of the review process by February 20th, 2022.

Registration and payment

  • Early registration (before 30.03.2022): 170€
  • Standard registration (between 31.03.2022 and 16.05.2022): 220€

Details for the payment will be provided later. Registration will only be complete once proof of payment has been provided.

Registration will open on January 30th

All the authors of accepted papers must register in order to appear in the conference programme and to receive a certificate of participation.

A gala dinner is planned on 26th May, circumstances permitting. If you wish to attend dinner, you can indicate so in the registration form. 

Conference venue

The conference will be held at the Faculty of Education, Campus de San Francisco, University of Zaragoza (Pedro Cerbuna 12). 

Publication Opportunities

A selection of conference papers will be published in a volume and/or journal issue. More information will be announced during the conference.


The University of Zaragoza has agreements with several hotels in the city, which will offer a special price to participants in the conference. See the whole list here. If you are interested in booking at one of these hotels at special university rates, please contact the university travel agency (Globalia Unizar:

How to get to Zaragoza

The easiest way to reach Zaragoza is to fly to Madrid or Barcelona. Then, get a high speed train that will take you to Zaragoza in approx. 1h 30mins. Alternatively, you can use Zaragoza airport (visit <>).

You can book your train tickets using the RENFE or OUIGO websites:

Organising Committee

  • María José Luzón (U of Zaragoza) (Chair)
  • Ignacio Guillén-Galve (U of Zaragoza) (Co-chair)
  • Carmen Pérez-Llantada (U of Zaragoza)
  • Laura M. Muresan (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies)
  • Ana Bocanegra-Valle (U of Cadiz)
  • Concepción Orna (U of Zaragoza)
  • Oana Maria Carciu (U of Zaragoza)
  • Miguel A. Vela (U of Zaragoza)
  • M Ángeles Velilla (U of Zaragoza)
  • Rosana Villares (U of Zaragoza)
  • Sofía Albero (U of Zaragoza)
  • Alfonso Ollero (U of Zaragoza)
  • Alberto Vela (U of Zaragoza)
  • Ana Cristina Vivas (U of Zaragoza)

Scientific  Committee

  • Ashley Mehlenbacher (University of Waterloo)
  • Brian Paltridge (University of Sidney)
  • Carmen Daniela Maier (Aarhus University)
  • Clay Spinuzzi (The University of Texas)
  • Jonathan Buehl (Ohio State University)
  • Elizabeth Rowley-Jolivet (Orléans University)
  • Inmaculada Fortanet (University Jaume I, Castellón)
  • Jan Engberg (Aarhus University)
  • Ron Darvin (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Rosa Lorés (University of Zaragoza)
  • Ruth Breeze (University of Navarra)
  • Sylvia Jaworska (University of Reading)

Our sponsors

Grant PID2019-105655RB-I00 funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033, and CIRES “Comunicación Internacional y Retos Sociales” (H16_20R), Gobierno de Aragón.

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Contact us

For any inquiry you can contact the organizers at

You can also follow the updates of the conference on our project website  and on our Twitter @digital_genres.