Call for Papers

Submission Categories:

1. Spoken Papers

2. Posters

3. Panel Discussions

4. Workshops

1. Spoken Papers

Spoken Papers will be allocated 30 minutes, consisting of no more than 20 minutes for the presentation and a maximum of 5 minutes for questions and discussion (with 5 minutes for the next presenter to prepare his/her presentation and for delegates to move to the next session).

2. Poster

Authors of accepted Posters are invited to bring with them a Poster to display during the Conference. Poster specifications (size, format, etc.) will be provided upon acceptance. Posters will be grouped into sessions that have designated timeslots (normally 90 minutes) assigned to them.

3. Panel Discussions

Individuals may present proposals for panel discussions of 3-5 persons on topics related to the symposium theme. Panel discussions are 60 minutes long, and must include time for audience questions. All panel members must register for the symposium.

4. Workshops

Workshop will be allocated 30 minutes. Workshops will appear in the Conference Program.

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Submission Procedures

The online submission system must be used.

All submissions and presentations must be in English.

To be included in the published program, author accepted for the presentation must be registered on the APSMER website by 30 June 2021. This includes co-presenters, panelists, speakers on workshops and so forth.

All submissions must follow the instructions provided in the Call for papers on the APSMER website.

The amount of time allocated to each type of session is indicated below. Please plan for a submission that will fit the appropriate timeframe.

Submissions that are not presented in the required formats will not be considered.

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Submission Review and Publication

All submissions will be fully (double-blind) refereed by the APSMER academic committee. All applicants must submit an abstract (300 to 400 words) for review. Presenters should note that Full Paper submissions will be refereed according to a two-stage process:

First, abstracts will be refereed for inclusion as a presentation in the Conference Program. All authors of abstracts chosen for inclusion in the conference will have a right to submit their full paper (1800-3000 word) regardless of the presentation category. Full papers will also be refereed (peer reviewed). Only papers that are distinguished by their academic quality, conform to submission guidelines, and meet all deadlines will be selected for publication in the Conference Proceedings (which has an ISBN). All accepted abstracts will be available for all delegates appeared in the APSMER website.

Note: Some Full Paper submissions will be accepted for presentation but will not appear in the Conference Proceedings. Authors should expect to be notified separately of presentation and Full Paper publication decisions.

Multiple Submission Policy

No individual will be permitted to present in more than a total of TWO Paper, Poster, Workshop, or Panel Discussion, and depending on the number of submissions, the Conference Organizers reserves the right to further limit the number of presentations accepted for any individuals.

Abstract for Peer Review

All applicants have to submit an abstract which conform to the guidelines below.

・Abstracts must be in English with the text between 300 and 400 words in length (excluding title and author information).

・The Abstract should not include references.

・The Abstract should include the following 5 items:

  • theoretical/pedagogical background of the paper
  • aim/focus of the work/research reported
  • method/approach of the work
  • results and/or summary of the main ideas
  • conclusions and implications for music education.

All abstracts must be submitted in MS word format. Please be sure to use the templates provided by APSMER on the conference website for submissions.

Full paper

Complete Paper submissions with no more than 3,000 words in length are required only for presenters who wish to have a fully refereed paper considered for publication in the Conference Proceedings. No more than a total of two (2) tables and/or figures may be included. The paper should follow APA style and be prepared using MS word. Please be sure to use the templates provided by APSMER on the conference website for submissions.

  • Abstract Template
  • Full paper Template


At the time of a Full Paper submission, presenters must indicate agreement with the following copyright conditions:

Copyright Agreement:

I hereby assign to the Asia Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (APSMER), copyright of the Full Paper I am now submitting for use by the Organizing Committee in all formats and through any medium of communication if it is accepted for Publication in the refereed Conference Proceedings.

I understand that the Full Paper I am submitting will be refereed for possible inclusion in the Conference Proceedings and that it may also appear on the APSMER web site.

I confirm that the Full Paper is original and has not been published previously nor is currently under consideration elsewhere, that I have obtained all necessary permissions for the reproduction of content not owned by me (e.g., illustrations, photographs, charts, and other visual material, etc.), and that the Contribution contains no unlawful statements and does not infringe any rights of others.

I understand that I will retain copyright of the original submission for purposes of duplicating the article, placing it on my personal and institutional websites, etc., but will give APSMER the first and exclusive rights to publish the APSMER-formatted and edited version in print or online in APSMER Conference Proceedings and/or journals.

I understand that if my Full Paper is not selected for publication in the Conference Proceedings, then upon such notification the copyright will revert back to me (the author).