The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) has issued a call for papers to be presented at its Second Annual Conference & Symposium scheduled for June 8–11, 2008. This year’s symposium, entitled Cleaning & Health – Making the Connection, will be held in the Washington, DC, area. Dr. Thomas Jones, an associate professor at University of Nevada-Las Vegas and CIRI board member, will serve as editor of the conference proceedings.

According to CIRI, three types of submissions will be considered:

Conceptually-based papers. These papers “seek to develop a fuller understanding of cleaning science by building on existing knowledge. For example, a conceptual model explains facts or events in a way that increases understanding; this should be more than a basic introduction to a topic. The structure of a conceptual paper includes: (1) a description of the topic and extensive review of previously published work; (2) unique treatment, analysis, or critique of the current state of knowledge on the topic; and (3) implications for cleaning, science, and health.”

Empirically-based papers. These “are original research to test or develop a theory or make a new contribution to the knowledge base of the field. An empirical paper contains evidence of primary research and typically includes: (1) background information, explanation of major concepts, importance of testable research questions, and an appropriate review of previous research; (2) description of methodology that includes research design, instrumentation, data collecting procedures, and data analysis; and (3) discussion of results of the investigation with implications for the advancement of cleaning, science, and health.”

Poster session papers. Such papers may be used to present works in progress and may be conceptually or empirically-based. The Poster session paper includes: (1) significance of the study; (2) literature review; (3) proposed methodology; and (4) application to cleaning science.


1.    Authors wishing to have papers reviewed for this conference are asked to submit an abstract (three page maximum) electronically to the editor at by Sept. 1, 2007.
2.    The editor and board of review will advise on the suitability of the paper and provide feedback to authors by November 1, 2007.

3.    Once invited, one copy of the entire paper should be submitted by January 15, 2008, for peer review. The paper should use American Psychological Association style guidelines and should be in excellent grammatical form at this time.

4.    Authors will be notified of the review outcome and, where appropriate, of the need for revisions by March 1, 2008.

5.    Final revisions will need to be submitted in time for publication in the conference agenda and proceedings by April 15, 2008.

6.    At least one author of an article must agree to be in attendance at the conference in order to present the paper.

Direct all inquiries and correspondence to: Thomas J.A. Jones, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Department of Hotel Management, W.F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-6021; e-mail,