Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research

9-11 August 2023

Submission Guide

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Submission Categories

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. Posters

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

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


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 31 May 2023. 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 above. Please plan for a submission that will fit the appropriate time frame.
  • Submissions that are not presented in the required formats will not be considered.


Submission Review and Publication

All applicants are required to submit an abstract (300-400 words) for review. Every submission will be reviewed by the APSMER academic committee in a double-blind review process.

Please note that there is a two-stage process in determining papers to be published in the Conference Proceedings:

  1. Abstract Review: All abstract submissions will be screened and considered for inclusion into the Conference as a presentation. All authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit their full paper (1800-3000 words) regardless of the presentation category.
  2. Full Paper Peer Review: Full papers that conform to submission guidelines listed below and submitted within the deadline will also undergo a peer reviewing process. Only papers that demonstrate distinguished academic quality will be selected to be published in the Conference Proceedings (which has an ISBN).

All accepted abstracts will be publicly available for review on 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:
    1. theoretical/pedagogical background of the paper
    2. aim/focus of the work/research reported
    3. method/approach of the work
    4. results and/or summary of the main ideas
    5. conclusions and implications for music education.

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


Full paper

Full paper submissions (max. 3000 words) are only required for presenters who wish to have a refereed paper for publication in the conference proceedings. The paper cannot have more than two (2) tables and/or figures, needs to follow the APA format, and should be prepared using MS word. Please be sure to use the APSMER provided Full Paper Template found on the conference website for submissions.



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 website.

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).


Organized by: Korean Music Education Society

Supporting Partners: ISME