Call for Papers

Dear Colleague,

The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences (ACP2018) is one of a handful of international conferences where both junior and senior colleagues come together from around the world to share and learn from one another in an open and friendly yet academically rigorous manner. This conference demonstrates the potential academics have to assist in the creation of a world of mutual respect, peace and understanding.

Our theme this year is “Surviving and Thriving in Times of Change”, and we believe that this theme will remain applicable for years to come. We live in a world of changes, and there is always the need to adjust when dealing with these changes. We welcome presenters and participants to share various perspectives in accordance with specific or general conditions, which may be influenced by diverse natural, geophysical, socio-educational and many other aspects. Sharing various perspectives is a part of the IAFOR tradition, and we believe that this activity will expand our appreciation to the world we we live.

ACP2018 will again be run in parallel with The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy (ACERP2018). Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

On behalf of the 2018 Organising Committee, we invite you to submit your abstract to the conference or join us as an audience member in Kobe, Japan, March 22–24, 2018.

The ACP/ACERP2018 Organising Committee

Professor Dexter Da Silva, Keisen University, Japan
Dr Monty P. Satiadarma, Tarumanagara University, Indonesia
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Professor Frank S. Ravitch, Michigan State University College of Law, USA
Dr Brian Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, UK

Key Information
  • Conference Dates: Thursday, March 22, 2018 to Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Conference Theme: Surviving and Thriving in Times of Change
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: November 08, 2017*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: January 09, 2018
  • Results of abstract review returned to authors: Usually within three weeks
  • Full conference registration fees due for all presenters: February 09, 2018
  • Full conference paper submission (after the event): April 24, 2018

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

The Organising Committee of The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences (ACP) is calling for abstract submissions. To present your research at the conference your abstract must first pass double-blind peer review. Upon payment of registration fees, your attendance at the conference will be confirmed.

Conference Theme & Streams

Conference Theme: Surviving and Thriving in Times of Change

The conference theme for ACP is Surviving and Thriving in Times of Change, and the organisers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

Submissions are organised into the following thematic streams:


Abstracts should address one or more of the streams below, identifying a relevant sub-theme:

  • Identity and Self
  • Fearful Futures
  • Acceptance and Adjustment
  • Wellbeing
  • Power and Control
  • Participation


Submissions are organised into the following sub-themes:

  • General Psychology
  • Psychology & Education
  • Mental Health
  • Neuroscience
  • Linguistics, Language & Psychology/Behavioral Science
  • Industrial Organization & Organization Theory
  • Community Development
  • Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology

How to Submit Your Abstract

  • To submit, go to IAFOR's online submission system.
  • Create your account. Your email address will be used as your username and you will be asked to ​create a password.
  • Submit your abstract (maximum 250 words), choosing from the presentation formats listed below (Individual, Poster​, Symposium, Workshop ​
    or Virtual).
  • Submit well before the submission deadline in order to benefit from Early Bird or Advanced Registration rates.
  • Your abstract will undergo double-blind peer review and the results will usually be returned to you within three weeks.
  • If your abstract is accepted you will be invited to register for the conference.
  • Upon payment of the registration fee, you will receive a confirmation email containing your official receipt.

Submission Status

Check on the status of your abstract submission by logging in to the online submission system. The status is displayed in the "Your Submissions" area. Your personal information may be edited at any time.

If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, a notification email will be sent to your registered email address. If you do not receive this email, please contact us at

Presentation Formats

Oral Presentation (25 minutes)
Poster Presentation (60 minutes)
Virtual Presentation
Workshop Presentation (60 to 90 minutes)
Symposium Presentation (90 minutes)

Review System

Authors as Reviewers: A Reciprocal System

Our academic events would not be what they are without a commitment to ensuring adherence to international norms of abstract peer review. IAFOR relies on a large number of international scholars from around the world to contribute to a shared vision of promoting and engaging in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue, and if you are taking part in an IAFOR event, then that means you. Authors may be asked to review up to five abstracts for the conference. You are under no obligation to participate in this reciprocal system, but if you are selected to review, and undertake this task of grading abstracts for the the conference, you will be credited in the conference programme.

Scheduling Requests

Because of the complexity of putting the Conference Programme together and the large numbers of participants involved, it is not usually possible to accommodate requests for specific presentation days or times. We ask that you reserve requests for religious reasons or other exceptional and unavoidable circumstances.

We encourage participants to attend the conference each day in order to benefit fully from the experience. While requests for specific presentation days or times are not accepted other than under exceptional circumstances, you may request one blackout day – a day on which you will not be scheduled to present at the conference.

Scheduling requests will not be accepted after the registration deadline.

Conference Proceedings

If you wish your paper to be published in the Conference Proceedings, once you have registered please ensure that you upload your full paper through the online system by April 24, 2018.

Final papers are only accepted in Microsoft Word format. Before submitting your paper please ensure that you have read the Final Paper Guidelines and formatted your paper correctly.

The official Conference Proceedings will be published online in a PDF format under an ISSN issued by the National Diet Library of Japan on May 24, 2018.

Publication & Licensing Issues

Abstracts, research papers, articles, video footage, images, and other forms of print and digital media will be made available by IAFOR to the general public on an open access, online basis.

By submitting to an open access agreement under Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution Non Commercial International licence, an author or creator is hereby granting IAFOR an exclusive license for the full period of copyright throughout the world, including the exclusive right to publish, distribute, or communicate, their original submitted work in any IAFOR publication, whether in an online, electronic or print format, be that in whole, partial or modified form.

Authors retain originating copyright of their own work but through the act of agreeing to transfer the license to IAFOR under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Attribution Non Commercial International conditions allow IAFOR to take measures on behalf of authors against infringement, inappropriate use of an article, libel or plagiarism of any work, materials or content attributed under this license by other parties and allows IAFOR to monitor, uphold and maintain the integrity of an abstract, paper or article and its author once refereed and accepted for publication or public exhibition.

All publications and digital media produced for the conference will be openly archived on the IAFOR research archive.