GALA 2023 Call for papers

You are cordially invited to submit papers to the 12nd Games and Learning Alliance Conference (GALA Conference 2023). GALA Conference 2023 is an international conference organized by the Serious Games Society in collaboration with the Technological University Dublin (Faculty of Computer Science and Digital Media). The conference will take place in Dublin (Ireland) from 29th November to 1st December. The objective of the conference is to provide an international forum for the dissemination and exchange of scientific information on theoretical, generic, and applied areas of serious games. We are seeking original contributions that advance the state of art of serious game research field. With serious games, we also refer to other gameful approaches such as game-based learning and gamification. Experimental studies are strongly encouraged. We welcome papers for the following tracks: Educational Science, Technology, Serious Games Design, Application, Industry, and Cognitive Science tracks.

Important dates

Paper Submissions: 3rd July, 2023
Acceptance Notification: 6th September, 2023
Camera-ready: 22nd September, 2023


All papers must present original and unpublished work, which is not currently under review elsewhere. Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ instructions and use their LNCS proceedings templates, either for LaTeX, Word, or Overleaf, for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form.

Papers have to be submitted through the Easychair system. Submit your paper here.

Submission will be peer-reviewed and authors will be notified about the acceptance, either in the form of a full paper or a poster. The maximum length of camera-ready full papers is 10 pages. The best papers, which are not accepted as full papers (presented in full paper sessions) will be selected for a poster session (short paper). The maximum length for a camera-ready short paper (poster) is 6 pages. Both full papers and short papers will be included in the proceedings.

At least one author of an accepted paper or poster is required to register for the full conference (regular or student rate).

Accepted full papers and short papers (posters) will be included in the conference proceedings published on Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).

A dedicated special issue with an upgraded version of the best papers of the conference will be published in The International Journal of Serious Games.



Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Educational Science track

  • Educational effectiveness of Serious Games (SGs)
  • Methodologies of studying educational effectiveness of SGs
  • Educational theories and their application in the field of serious games
  • Pedagogical approaches and teachers role in SGs
  • SGs in learning assessment
  • SGs as an educational research tools
  • Learning by making games
  • SGs enhancing literacy and numeracy skills
  • SGs enhancing higher-order thinking
  • SGs for business applications from innovation to cultural change and strategic decision making

Technology track

  • Human-computer interaction for SGs (hardware, software)
  • Extended reality (XR): augmented reality, mixed reality, virtual reality
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Learner performance modelling, assessment (stealth, formative, summative) and feedback
  • Learning analytics
  • Adaptivity and personalisation in SGs
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning for SGs
  • Big data for SGs
  • Tools and applications for neuro-scientific game research
  • Computing architectures for SGs
  • Immersive and multimedia experiences
  • Computer graphics and visual effects
  • Emotions and affective interaction
  • Interactive narrative and digital storytelling
  • Smart toys for learning
  • Efficient development tools
  • Support for development of gamified solutions
  • Security and privacy in SGs

Serious games design track

  • Design and implementation of SGs mechanics (e.g., score, rewards, achievements, and related interfaces)
  • Mapping educational goals, outcomes and principles into serious game mechanics
  • Research methods for SGs and playing experience evaluation
  • Inclusive design and accessibility issues
  • Emotional design in serious games
  • Evidence-based developement of serious games
  • Ubiquitous/pervasive gaming
  • Balancing in games (e.g., realism, engagement, learning, and entertainment)
  • Collaboration and cooperation aspects
  • Design for behavioural change

Application track

  • Case studies on developing/deploying SGs and gamified systems in application domains such as business, strategic and tactical decision-making for crisis and conflict management, management, entrepreneurship, environment, cultural heritage, health, fitness, sport, smart buildings, humanities, engineering, manufacturing, security, safety, ethics, emergency response and pandemic, etc.
  • User studies applying SGs in training (e.g., professional, corporate and executive training, skill development and other workforce programs)
  • User studies applying serious games in the above domains, studying effectiveness of the games
  • Understanding how, when, with whom, for what to use SGs
  • Human factors in SGs
  • Identifying boundary conditions for using SGs
  • Evaluation of impact, longitudinal studies
  • Assessing personal abilities through SGs
  • Usability studies
  • SGs for behavioural change

Industrial track

  • Distribution models
  • Game analytics
  • Serious games studies
  • Models for serious games
  • Monetization models & strategies
  • Pervasive and mobile gaming
  • Gamification
  • Products supporting serious games development and deployment

Cognitive Science track

  • Cognitive processing in SGs
  • SGs for cognitive disorders
  • Cognitive architecture in SGs design and development
  • Neuroscience in SGs