23–24 April 2021

Information for the Participants

Criteria for Selection

Dear colleagues, submitted abstracts are reviewed by the Programme Committee. Each participant is allowed to submit only one application. If two or more applications (individual or in co-authorship) are submitted, the first one is considered for acceptance.

Acceptance will be based on the following criteria:

  • The abstract is between 200-250 words and accurately reflects the key points of your research (aims, materials, methodology, and results);
  • The presentation is directly relevant to the theme of the conference;
  • The presentation is related to the issues of the chosen session;
  • The content of the proposed presentation corresponds to the topic;
  • The presentation contains new ideas, data or conclusions not previously presented or considers a long-standing issue from a new perspective; all submissions will be screened for plagiarism and self-plagiarism;
  • The presentation caters for an audience of professionals in your field;
  • The presentation is of theoretical interest and/or practical value to your audience rather than merely descriptive (conference reports, reviews and the like are not accepted).

Proposals that do not meet the criteria will be declined without review. The Programme Committee's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Publication opportunities

Conference speakers are invited to submit their presentations for publication in the proceedings of the Conference, which will be assigned an ISBN and indexed in the Russian Scientific Citation Index. Please note that only attendees’ papers will be accepted for publication. Kindly inform the Conference Team if you cannot attend the Conference.

Please note that the publication fee will apply (to be announced in due course).

For submission guidelines go down. All articles will be screened for plagiarism, including self-plagiarism. Articles with the level of originality below 85% will be returned for revision.

The Proceedings will be published online after the conference.

Please e-mail the formatted manuscript to up until April 12, 2021. You will receive an automated confirmation of your submission. Please note that the abovementioned email is used for publications only. Attendees are kindly requested to forward all queries, including questions related to the publication of conference proceedings, to

When forwarding the manuscript to articles.inno-conf@inno.mgimo, please indicate the name of the attached file in the Subject area, e.g. Johnson_4 (i.e. the last name of the attendee – underscore – the number of the session) and the word count.

Submission guidelines

1. Please submit your manuscript as an .RTF file.

2. Page size A4 (210x297 mm). Portrait layout.

3. Your file should be named as Your Last Name – underscore – section number / mc (for master class) / pp (for poster presentation). For example, Smith_4 or Jones_mc.

4. Margins: 3 cm at left, 2.5 cm at right, 2.5 at top and 3.0 at bottom.

5. The font: Times New Roman, font size 12, 1.5 line spaced

6. Maximum length of the manuscript 12,600 characters including spaces.

7. Paragraphs indented without extra spaces between them.

8. Center text justification. No hyphenation.

9. All illustrations (charts, drawings, diagrams, pictures, etc.) should be named as Picture or Table and enumerated in the manuscript. All illustrations should be placed directly in the manuscript but not as a separate file. See the Example of Manuscript Layout for more details.

10. All examples should be italicized. For more emphasis use bolding. Examples from fiction are given as: To be or not to be? (W. Shakespeare. Hamlet).

11. Definitions and translations should be made in single quote marks ('…').  Double quote marks ("……") should be used around quotations.

12. Pages should not be numbered.

13.  Do not make any kind of footnotes in your manuscript.

14. Your manuscript should have the following format (see The Example of Manuscript Layout for more details):

  • Your initials with a space and last name bold, italicized, right margin justification. If your manuscript has two and more authors, please see The example of Manuscript Layout.
  • The manuscript title in capital letters bold, center justification.
  • The information about the grant that supported your research should be given below the manuscript title, center justification, italicized.
  • An abstract of the manuscript (minimum 120 words) should summarize the key points of the paper. State the subject of your research, its purposes, methods, and important findings and conclusions.
  • Key words in bold (5–6 in alphabetical order) separated by commas and a full stop at the end of the line, indented.
  • The manuscript text.
  • References  (the subtitle in bold), indented, with a colon.
  • About the author  (the subtitle in bold, left justification)

On a new line below your name in bold

On a new line below your degree (if any), post, affiliation (or the word 'freelance'), town/city, country; email.

15. The references should go in alphabetical order. For quotes you should write [Stevens 2010: 45]. To refer to a number of authors, write [see Brown 1999; Robertson 2010; Smith 1957 and others]. All the references should be made in APA publication style (see The Example of Manuscript Layout for more details).

Tips for conference speakers

Dear conference speakers, if you want the conference delegates to communicate successfully, please note that good conference interpretation is a joint venture of interpreters and speakers. The former must be professional; the latter should not rush with their presentation and are requested to:

  • give the interpreters a hard copy of their presentation during registration even if they do not intend to read it through;
  • give the interpreters a hard copy of the power point presentation they are going to use as the interpreters’ booth does not offer a good view of the conference hall or the viewing screen;
  • speak distinctly and clearly;
  • explain the acronyms and abbreviations when first used even if they seem obvious to the speaker.
ePoster presentation

The ePoster presentation is a unique opportunity to present your research or teaching experiment to all conference attendees regardless of which session they are in. It will allow you to receive broader feedback and do some networking.

The ePoster session schedule will be uploaded on the conference website; ePosters will be available in the relevant sections of the website.

When preparing your poster presentation, please follow the recommendations below.

1. When preparing your ePoster, please use the template that has been forwarded to you by the Conference Team. It follows the IMRaD format: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, References (see tips at the end of the document).

2. The size of each box of the Template can be adjusted in several ways including by changing the font size. Do let us know if you run into a problem when using the template.

3. Please save your ePoster as a PDF file and send it to the Conference Team ( by April 12, 2021. The Selection Committee will contact you if any adjustments are required.

4. You are also invited to upload a short audio commentary to accompany your ePoster to explain your research to other attendees. The commentary must be a maximum of 5 minutes. You can pre-record your audio commentary using any application and then forward it to the Conference Team as an mp3 audio file along with the ePoster.

5. To make the session more interactive and extend the reach of your research, you may want to add a link to a Zoom conference, which can be used by conference attendees wishing to ask you questions. Please get in touch with the Conference Team to discuss further details.

Some Tips on Preparing an ePoster

Abstract: in addition to the abstract itself, this section may include some information about the author.

Introduction describes the scope of your research, its aims and objectives, relevance, and novelty. It may include a research hypothesis and a brief literature review which sets the context of your study.

Materials and Methods provides a description of how you conducted your research. The nature of the data should be explained as well as how the data were collected and analyzed.

Results should report the findings of the study. This section may include tables and figures to ensure clarity. This section normally does not contain interpretation of the results.

Discussion addresses the outcomes of the study and their significance. This section contains your interpretation of the results, their practical and theoretical significance; it provides a comparison with previous studies and outlines avenues for future research.

Conclusions restates the key findings in a short and concise manner and identifies implications for the field of knowledge.

References contains a list of sources in the format given on the conference site (see ‘Submission Guidelines’ in the Information for the Participants section).

Information letter #1

Dear colleagues,

The English Language Department of the School of International Relations of MGIMO University is pleased to invite you to participate in the 5th International Conference The Magic of Innovation: Language and Language Teaching in a Changing Environment, to be held online on 23-24 April 2021.

We would like to discuss how the changing environment affects the development of scientific knowledge and its practical application.

The discussions will cover topical issues related to:
  • new approaches in linguistics and their application to teaching foreign languages;
  • interdisciplinary studies of text and discourse;
  • current issues in the theory and practice of teaching foreign languages at university (undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels of training);
  • cross-cultural communication and its role in foreign language teaching from a modern perspective;
  • new trends in the theory, practice and teaching of translation / interpreting.
Participation formats:
  • presentation (up to 10 min, speakers are strongly encouraged to use an on-screen presentation - powerpoint or a similar slide show);
  • poster session;
  • workshops, interactive seminars and round tables (60-90min; timing to be confirmed in due course);
  • book fair (authors of foreign language coursebooks and other teaching materials  as well as academic books or book chapters published in 2019-2021 will have an opportunity to present them to the conference attendees).

There is no conference fee for this event.

The working languages of the conference are Russian and English.

Applications for participation are to be sent to the Conference Team through the conference site before February 7, 2021. Conference speakers are invited to submit abstracts of their presentations (200–250 words) either in Russian or English. The abstracts should clearly reflect the key points of the presentation: the gist of the research, references to the materials used, the methodology employed, and the results of the conducted study. Each participant may submit only one abstract for presentation.

Applications for workshops / seminars / round tables and participation in the book fair are submitted separately.

Notification of acceptance will be forwarded by February 28, 2021 (please also check Important dates). The Conference Team may decline the proposals that do not meet the substantive and formal criteria.

Participants whose papers have been accepted and who wish to publish them in the Proceedings of the Conference will email their articles of up to seven pages (300 words per page) including references to from March 1 to April 12, 2021. The Proceedings will be published online after the conference. The publication fee will be announced in due course. The proceedings will be registered in the Russian Science Citation Index.

Only attendees’ papers will be accepted for publication provided they are related to the theme of the conference and conform to the publication guidelines (available after the registration).

All the participants are eligible for a digital Certificate of Attendance.

Should you decide not to participate after submitting your application, please inform the Organizing Committee by April 16, 2021.

Further information (updates on the program, the procedure for paying for advanced training, technical recommendations for online participation, terms of publication, etc.) will be available in due course at

Please note that by sending the application, you accept the rules and terms of participation in the conference.

For further questions, please contact

Conference Team