5 - 7 October 2022 || Orem, Utah, USA

 Back to Homepage


The Call for papers for the Why It Matters conference will open on March 15th, 2021.  Abstracts will be welcome until July 1, 2021.   If the abstract is approved by the Scientific Committee Review Board, we will welcome a full paper for conference publication. Final paper submission deadline is December 1, 2021.

The academic Conference will take place as the Decade of Action begins the countdown towards 2030, and the global community, including academic institutions, civil society organizations, private sector entities, local and national governments, as well as media outlets, explore ways through which the implementation of the Agenda and the 17 Goals become an intrinsic part of their efforts. In this context, academic institutions have a crucial role to play as the next ten years will determine the success of the initiatives that aim at ending poverty, protect the planet, and ensure human rights and prosperous and fulfilling lives for all by 2030.  Next year, 2022, is a globally unprecedented opportunity to spark these transformational changes, following the COVID-19 pandemic that has highlighted the importance of multilateralism and global engagement to address common threats and challenges. Academic institutions are uniquely qualified to bring to the table discussions and approaches that can be incorporated into the action plans in other social sectors.

Co-sponsored by the United Nations Department of Global Communications through the Academic Impact Initiative, the Conference is an important opportunity to mobilize academic experts and civil society advocates to study the mechanisms of implementation and success of the Sustainable Development Goals. Conference participants will gather in Utah to be part of a global conversation that will define an inclusive and culturally appropriate international and regional messaging, academic approaches and advocacy strategies, partnerships and governmental accountability frameworks including financing for development. By focusing on education and approaching academically the subject of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 1st International Academic Conference on Why it Matters as part of the Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals aims to build on the importance of academia and education as the bedrock of sustainable development and global engagement. The 1st International Academic Conference on Why it Matters is the first forum of its kind and will bring to Utah a global conversation so necessary in this divided world.



The purpose of this Conference, rooted in the necessity to academically address the Sustainable Development Goals in particular and the 2030 Agenda, is to harness strategies, expertise and resources across the widest spectrum of academic thought to unleash a range of education initiatives that ensure inclusive, safe and equitable quality sustainable development that may serve as a blueprint for higher education institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), private sector corporations and governmental entities to successfully incorporate the Agenda and the Goals into their work programs.


Conference Outcome

Attendees at the Conference will finalize an academic agenda to mobilize academic institutions globally, as well as Civil Societies networks and educators, as well as policy makers, businesses and youth, reflecting the aspirations and ambitions of all global citizens in the spirit of leaving no one behind. This agenda will be drafted by a Scientific Committee formed by a group of academicians and will be offered for adoption at the closing plenary session. The agenda will be shared widely with academic institutions, civil society and other sectors to serve as a guidance for its incorporation into their programs and initiatives.   As a result of this conference, a peer reviewed conference proceedings will be published both digitally and in print.



We encourage professors, researchers, HR professionals, civil society entities, students, government agencies, researching Sustainable Development to submit their ABSTRACTS via email before July 1, 2021. All abstracts, and later papers submission should be made via email at:

For the conference we invite full and developmental papers, extended abstracts as well as case study presentations in English. Please check this website for all the details for this conference. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and delivered prior and during the conference.

To make sure that your submission is received and reviewed, please submit as EARLY as possible. By submitting a paper, all authors also agree that at least one author will attend the conference. All submissions will be subject to peer review organized by the Call for Papers chairs with two referees for each paper. Deadline for reviews is December 1, 2021.


Conference Themes

All submissions for the Why It Matters conference, must address key questions related to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its correspondent seventeen goals.

GOAL 1: No Poverty

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

GOAL 4: Quality Education

GOAL 5: Gender Equality

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 14: Life Below Water

GOAL 15: Life on Land

GOAL 16: Peace,  Justice and Strong Institutions

GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

Any question you may have please contact

Looking forward to seeing you in Orem, Utah!

The conference host, Dr. Baldomero Lago



Please, remember the following important dates:

  • Call for abstracts open: March 15, 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: July 1, 2021
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection Deadline: November 1, 2021
  • Final Paper Submission Deadline: December 1, 2021
  • Conference Registration Opens: October 1, 2021
  • Registration deadline for authors: April 1, 2022
  • Virtual presentation deadline: February 1, 2022
  • Conference Registration Closes: May 1, 2022
  • Digital Publication Conference Proceedings: August 1, 2022
  • Conference Dates: October 5 - 7, 2022

All dates by midnight - 23:59 – MST  Salt Lake City, Utah> Mountain Standard Time


Submission General Guidelines

  • Abstracts and Final Papers should only be submitted online.
  • Each conference participant must use one and only one e-mail address for all submissions.
  • The deadline for Abstract Submission is July 1, 2021 and need to be sent to to be accepted.
  • The deadline for Final Papers, December 1, 2021 and need to be sent to to be accepted.
  • There is a limit of two contributed submissions per registered author or a maximum three contributed submissions per civil society organization.
  • All abstracts and final papers must be submitted and presented in English.
  • Abstracts and Papers should be based on any of the Sustainable Development Agenda themes listed in this website or related areas. 
  • Research that has been published at the time of abstract submission or presented at another national or international meeting is not accepted.
  • If you encounter any problems during the submission process or you do not receive confirmation by email please contact the Conference Secretariat:
  • Corrections to abstracts can only be made until the deadline:  The notification of acceptance/rejection of the abstracts submitted will be sent to you via email by August 1, 2021.
  • Preparing the file: Before submitting, consult the guidelines in the Call for Papers and have your paper or extended abstract ready to upload as a single document (maximum length Abstracts 500 – Papers 8,000 words, not including tables and references, unless Division or Interest Group guidelines state otherwise). All online submissions must be in WORD format.  All tables, graphs, and pictures associated with your submission must be included with the main text in a single document.
  • Author identification for papers onlyNames must be removed for blind reviews. Before uploading your paper, remove all author identification from the document including any file properties. (For example, in MS Word, in the “File” menu, select “Properties,” delete any identifying information, click “OK,” and save the document.) NOT FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES MAY DISQUALIFY YOUR SUBMISSION FROM REVIEW. 

Abstracts Requirements For All Submissions

Length: Limit abstracts to 500 words, not including title and authors.

Language: Abstracts must be in English.

Author Identification: Please include your name and institution in your abstract.

Authors will be invited to send an abstract of the article or conference presentation. All the abstracts will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee of the WIM Conference and later selected by the editors of the issue, basing on criteria of accuracy in form and contents, consequentiality in the argumentation and inherence to the matter. In case of acceptance of the proposal, the editorial team will be ask the author to send the complete article to be included in the conference proceedings. The article will be submitted to a peer-review process

Abbreviations should be defined the first time they appear in your text. Example: HEA (Higher Education Area), before being used as an abbreviation only. Please, do not define or use abbreviations in the title.

  • Demonstrate how the abstract aligns and supports the conference theme
  • Please avoid complex mathematical formulas. For the symbols ≤ or ≥, type instead <= or >=. 
  • Tables, charts or other graphics may not be included in the abstract. 
  • The maximum number of characters for an abstract to be reviewed is 500 including spaces.


Paper Submission

Length: Limit papers to 10000 words, not including title and authors.

Language: Papers must be in English.

Author Identification: Please remove your name and institution in your paper.

  • If your abstract has been accepted, you should submit a Paper. The final paper length should be between 6000 to 10000 words. (including references).
  • A paper should contain the description of your study and should be structured in different sections such as: Abstract, Introduction, Methodology, Results, Conclusions, Acknowledgements (if applicable) and References. 
  • Please note that title and authors list should be coincident with the accepted abstract.
  • The references should be cited according to the Harvard Bibliography and Citation Style.
  • Contributions will only be published in the WIM 2022 if at least one of the authors of the paper is registered before December 1st, 2021.


Developmental and paper requirements

Authors must supply a structured abstract set out under 5 sub-headings as below:

  1. Purpose;
  2. Design/methodology/approach;
  3. Findings if paper is empirical;
  4. Research limitations/implications;
  5. Originality/value of the paper.

There should be an abstract of less than 250 words in total.

In addition provide up to six keywords which encapsulate the principal topics of the paper and categorize your paper.

Notes or Endnotes should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers, enclosed in square brackets and listed at the end of the article. Figures, tables and charts should be supplied within the article itself. References to other publications must be in Harvard style and carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency. This is very important in an electronic environment because it enables your readers to exploit the Reference Linking facility on the database and link back to the works you have cited through CrossRef. You should include all author names and initials and give any journal title in full.


The process of peer-review will take place as follows:

– Sending / Reception: The files containing the proposed articles will be received by the editors at the e-mail address Please use as the object of the message the “Call for Papers Proposal”, followed by the number of the issue and by the number of the call for papers in the call. One or more members of the Scientific Committee will count the contributions received, and they will communicate to the authors the receipt of the file and the starting of the referee procedure (the names of those members of the editorial board are reported in the Call for papers and they are appointed case by case). For any information the review committee will contact the authors at their email address.

 First step: a preliminary review will be made, based on the general criteria of relevance of the topic, coherence and clearness, language property, grammatical accuracy. At this stage, the editors decide whether the submitted manuscript should be sent to referees or not.

– Second step: If the manuscript will be accepted by editors, expert reviewer (postdocs and researchers) read the manuscript and give their clear opinions.

– Third step: If the second step judgment is good, professors – having expertise on the topic of the call for papers – will give the third assessment. Accepted articles should be published. The editorial boarder will contact the Authors informing them about the result of the submission (accepted/not accepted) with the synthetic opinion of the reviewers and the date of receipt. Reviewer comments should be constructive. They may allow the author to improve the quality of the manuscript. Reviewers’ identities are not know by the Author of the manuscript. Their evaluation will be send via e-mail.

Accepted articles will be published on the Why It Matters Conference “Contributions”.


Referencing style 

You should cite publications in the text: (Adams, 2006) using the first named author's name or (Adams and Brown, 2006) citing both names, or (Adams et al., 2006), when there are three or more authors.

At the end of the paper a reference list in alphabetical order should be supplied:

  • For books: surname, initials, (year), title of book, publisher, place of publication, e.g. Harrow, R. (2005), No Place to Hide, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY.
  • For book chapters: surname, initials, (year), "chapter title", editor's surname, initials, title of book, publisher, place of publication, pages, e.g. Calabrese, F.A. (2005), "The early pathways: theory to practice - a continuum", in Stankosky, M. (Ed.), Creating the Discipline of Knowledge Management, Elsevier, New York, NY, pp. 15-20.
  • For journals: surname, initials, (year), "title of article", journal name, volume, number, pages, e.g. Capizzi, M.T. and Ferguson, R. (2005), "Loyalty trends for the twenty-first century", Journal of Consumer Marketing, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 72-80.
  • For electronic sources: if available online the full URL and date of access should be supplied at the end of the reference.


Review Criteria

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Scientific Committee and rated on a scale from one to five, with five being the highest possible score. Oral presentations and posters on completed research will be rated based on methodologic rigor, the significance of the topic and research to primary care, its novelty and innovation and the validity of the results. Posters on research in progress will be judged using the same criteria, minus validity of the results. Workshops and forum will be evaluated based on their relevance to the Why It Matters Conference Committee, attendees, importance to the field, interactivity, innovation and the need to provide a balance and mix of topics to attendees.


Ethical Considerations

Authorship: Authors must give credit through references or notes to the original author of any idea or concept presented in the paper or proposal. This includes direct quotations and paraphrases.

Publication or presentation history: If material in your presentation has been published, presented, or accepted for publication or presentation, this must be disclosed in your paper or proposal.

Conference attendance: If your panel, paper, or interactive display presentation is accepted for the WIM 2022 conference, you have a commitment to register for and attend the conference and perform your assigned role. All chairs and respondents also make this commitment. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending, you should find a substitute to perform your duties and notify the program chair and Executive Board contact person.

Self-Plagiarism (or duplicate publications): Self-plagiarism involves an author presenting earlier published material as original and new. Self-plagiarism is often not an issue, but it must be transparent and limited. A critical issue involved in self-plagiarism is the degree to which it is clear whether the author is drawing from earlier manuscripts/research. Covert self-plagiarism occurs when the author is not transparent when drawing from earlier manuscripts or research; this can constitute a serious ethical transgression.

Types of covert self-plagiarism include:

  • Covert Duplicate Publication / Presentation – Submitting a paper to a journal or conference which had been previously published in a journal or conference proceedings.
  • Covert Redundant Publication – Occurs when some portion of previously published data is used again in a new publication with no indication that the data had been published earlier.
  • Covert text recycling – Reusing portions of previously published text in a new publication without a reference to the origin of the earlier published text.
  • Covert fragmented publication (salami strategy) – Occurs when a complex study is broken down into two or more components and each component is analyzed and published as a separate paper.