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Call for Papers


Behind Every Innovation is a Brilliant Mind

Share Yours at the SPE/IADC Middle East Drilling Technology Conference and Exhibition

Behind every technology, research, and strategy is an intellectual who has spent hours analysing information or perfecting an application. We thank you for your efforts in advancing the industry and invite you to submit a paper proposal of your work. This is the opportunity to be published and soon take the stage.

The final submission deadline to submit a paper proposal was 13 January 2023.


Technical Topics


Advancements in Cementing, Drilling, and Completion Fluids

Drilling and Completion in Challenging Environments

Advancements in Drilling Performance and Efficiency

Sustainability and Transition Technologies

Drilling for Non-Hydrocarbon Applications

Next Generation Drilling Equipment and Rigs

Drilling Maximum Reservoir Contact Wells

Advancements in Completion

Advancements in Stimulation Technology

Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Automation

Extended Reach Drilling Wells

Plug and Abandonment Technologies

Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment

Rigless Technologies and Solutions

Supply Chain and Contract Management

Blockchain Applications for Drilling

Drilling Unconventional Wells

Advancements in Well Control

Advancements in Well Integrity

Well Intervention and Workover

Wellbore Stability

Human Capital and Talent Management

Breakthrough Technologies

Abstract Content

A proper review of your abstract requires that it contains adequate information on which to make a judgement. Written in English and containing a maximum 450 words and minimum of 225 words, paper proposals must consist of 4 blocks and should include the following:
  • Objectives/Scope: Please list the objectives and/or scope of the proposed paper. (25–75 words) 
  • Methods, Procedures, Process: Briefly explain your overall approach, including your methods, procedures, and process. (75–100 words) 
  • Results, Observations, Conclusions: Please describe the results, observations, and conclusions of the proposed paper. (100–200 words) 
  • Novel/Additive Information: Please explain how this paper will present novel (new) or additive information to the existing body of literature that can be of benefit to and/or add to the state of knowledge in the petroleum industry. (25–75 words)

Important Guidelines

  • Obtain the necessary clearance for the proposed paper from your management, your partners, and customers BEFORE submission. 
  • Submit your paper proposal online. All submissions must be received electronically before the Submission Deadline, 13 January 2023
  • Paper proposals should be written in English and should provide clear and concise statements on the contents of the paper. It should include brief findings, solutions, impacts, and concluding remarks on the work. 
  • Each author may submit a maximum of three paper proposals per conference. 
  • All abstracts must be a minimum of 225 words with a 450-word maximum as determined by the programme committee and specified on the online submission form. 
  • Abstracts suggesting commercialism in any form will be rejected. 
  • Abstracts should be submitted based on any of the topics listed under the technical categories. 
  • The proposed paper or ePoster must contribute to petroleum technology or be of immediate interest to the oil and gas industry, and should contain significant new knowledge or experience in the oil, gas and energy industry. Data in the paper proposal must be technically correct.
  • The substance of the proposed paper must not have been published previously in trade journals or in other professional or technical journals. 
  • The abstract should stand on its own and not refer to another work unless associated with current work.
  • Authors should indicate their presentation preference: Oral technical presentation or Oral knowledge sharing ePoster presentation. The programme committee reserves the right to decide on the final allocation and presentation method. 
  • Early submission is particularly important to ensure that the committee members have ample time to review the paper proposals. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. No exceptions will be made. Submission Deadline is 13 January 2023.
  • Author notifications will be sent to each Presenting Author regarding the status of their submission by January 2023. Authors whose paper proposals are accepted will be required to provide a manuscript for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Authors who do not submit a manuscript and the associated publication forms by the manuscript due date will be withdrawn from the programme and will not be allowed to present.
  • If selected, Authors are entitled to discounted Conference Registration. 
  • SPE assumes no obligation for expenses incurred by authors for travel, lodging, or other incidental expenses.

A Word About Commercialism

SPE has a stated policy against the use of commercial trade names, company logos, or text that is commercial in tone in the paper title, text, or presentation slides. The use of such terms will result in careful scrutiny by the Programme Committee in the evaluation pf paper proposals and the presence of commercialism in the paper will result in it being withdrawn from the programme.

Plagiarism Check

We expect authors to credit all sources used in their writings and not to represent work of others as their own. Authors found to have plagiarised the work of another are subject to having their paper removed from the conference programme and from OnePetro. Future submissions from authors found to have plagiarised will be scrutinised carefully. In the case of students found to be plagiarising the work of others, SPE may inform the student’s university.

In an effort to further improve SPE’s technical quality standards, all submitted conference papers will be checked for plagiarism.

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