CMC is the premier venue for presenting innovative experiences and research related to concept mapping, attracting every two years a large number of high-quality submissions and participants from a broad range of fields, from both industry and academia. It is aimed at all persons interested in the use of concept maps (based on the work of Dr. Joseph Novak), including, but not limited to: facilitation of learning; eliciting, capturing, archiving, and using "expert" knowledge; planning instruction; assessment of "deep" understandings; research planning; collaborative knowledge modelling; creation of "knowledge portfolios"; curriculum design; eLearning, and administrative and strategic planning; concept mapping during the pandemic era and hybrid learning environment and monitoring. 

After not being able to hold the 2020 conference because of the pandemic, the concept mapping community (Cmappers) will reconvene in Valletta, Malta, from Sept. 26-28, 2022, for the 9th International Conference on Concept Mapping. This conference follows the success of the eight worldwide conferences on Concept Mapping held in Pamplona (Spain), San José (Costa Rica), Tallinn (Estonia) / Helsinki (Finland), Viña del Mar (Chile), Valletta (Malta), Santos (Brazil), Tallinn (Estonia), Medellín (Colombia), and the regional Asian-Pacific conference held in 2017 in Beijing (China), in bringing together scholars and practitioners interested in concept mapping.

For CMC2022 we plan to hold both presential and online sessions to accommodate the pandemic situation. We will be holding sessions in English and Spanish, although simultaneous translation will not be available. In this announcement, we present the Languages in which presentations will be accepted, the Categories of submissions and the Submission Dates. CMC2022 is being organized by the University of Malta (Malta), the Concept Mapping Academy (Estonia), IHMC (USA) and Tallinn University (Estonia).

All proceedings from previous CMC conferences are available here

Languages: CMC2022 offers the opportunity for presentations in English and Spanish. However, simultaneous translation will not be available. There will be separate tracks for presentations in English and presentations in Spanish.

Presentation Modes: Presentations can be made in-person, at the sessions at the University of Malta, or online. We will also allow the submission of both Full Papers and Posters/Short Papers without a presentation for those authors who will not be able to attend in person or online, or for some reason do not want to present. These submissions without presentations will be included in the Proceedings.

Presentation Categories: 

  • Full Paper with Oral Presentation

  • Full Paper (without Oral Presentation)

  • Innovative Experience with Oral Presentation

  • Innovative Experience (without Oral Presentation)

  • Poster with Paper

  • Poster without Paper

  • Poster without Presentation (short paper)


For each of these categories, there will be both in-person presentations at the site and online virtual presentations. All submissions will be evaluated and selected by the Program Committee.


Presentation Categories

  • Full paper: These are reports of completed research accepted by a panel of experts and peers (the Program Committee) and will be published in the Conference Proceedings. There are three categories for papers: (a) empirical research, (b) model or theory development, and (c) theorizing from the literature. The time allotted for each session is 30 minutes (20 minutes presentation/10 minutes discussion). Audience participation, as a principle of adult education, is stressed. Full papers submissions have a length of up to 10 pages. Authors of accepted Full Papers with Oral Presentation are expected to attend the conference, either in-person or virtually, to present their paper in order for the paper to be included in the Proceedings and as part of the Program. Papers submitted but not accepted for Oral Presentation may be recommended accepted as a Poster Presentation with Paper. Authors of submissions accepted as Full Papers without Oral Presentation will need to register for the conference and are encouraged to attend in-person or online. They will not be allotted a slot for presentation in the Program.

  • Innovative Experiences: Sessions will include 15-minute presentations on Innovative Experiences in concept mapping, whether it’s in the classroom, in industry, in organizations, or in personal uses. Teachers are encouraged to share innovative ways of introducing or using concept mapping with their students for curriculum design, etc. Practitioners are encouraged to present innovative uses of concept mapping in organizations, corporations, industries, consulting, etc. Measured, quantitative or qualitative results are not needed, as the focus is on sharing experiences, not research results. Authors need to submit a two-page description of their Innovative Experience. Authors of accepted Innovative Experiences are expected to attend the conference to present their work, either in-person or online.

  • Poster Presentations with Paper: The posters will form a visual display prepared by conference participants describing a research initiative, program, pedagogical model, and/or best practice on how concept mapping is applied in various settings. Poster presentations serve as an effective forum for exchanging information, and a means to communicate ideas, research, and programs. Poster papers should have a maximum length of 4 pages and be published in the Conference Proceedings. Authors of accepted Poster Presentations with Paper are expected to attend the conference either in-person or online to present and explain their poster for the poster to be included in the Proceedings and part of the Program.

  • Poster Presentations without Paper: Posters that do not include a formal paper will also be accepted for presentation at the conference. Participants can submit a 500-word abstract if they are interested in presenting a poster without writing a formal paper. Authors of accepted Poster Presentations without Paper are expected to attend the conference to present and explain their poster, either in-person or online. 

  • Poster without Presentation (short paper): Authors who are not able to attend the conference, or who do not want to make a poster presentation can submit a short 4-page paper that will be included in the Proceedings if accepted.

A selected number of papers will be published in a special issue of selected papers in Knowledge Management & E-Learning.

At least one author of all accepted submissions needs to pay the corresponding conference fee for the submission to be included in the Proceedings (where appropriate) and included in the Academic Program. 

All submissions will be done electronically through the CMC2022 website. The Proceedings of the Conference will be published as a book and posted on the Conference website.


Submission Dates

Early Submission

CMC2022 includes an Early Submission date for authors that need an early response to their paper submission. Authors who require a longer period of time to obtain financial support to participate in CMC should consider the Early Submission. Proposals accepted during the Early Submission process don't need to submit again during the regular submission process.

Early Submission Deadline: April 30th, 2022

Early Submission Notification of Acceptance: May 15th, 2022

Submission Deadline: For all proposals and papers: May 31, 2022 (extended to July 11th, 2022)

Notification of Acceptance (regular submission): July 8th, 2022

Notification of Acceptance (late submission): July 18th, 2022

Final Camera-ready Submissions: July 31, 2022