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Call for Papers

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The Call for Papers can be found here

Abstracts can be submitted here

Abstract submission deadline: 20 November 2017

Answers to frequently asked questions

Beware of fake websites. The conference is happening in Sydney, Montreal, La Plata (Argentina) and Graz. It is NOT happening in Madrid or Tokyo.

When submitting an abstract you will be asked to choose a hub so we can estimate numbers and budgets. The review procedure is independent of the hub that you choose, and the chance of success is the same everywhere.

If you plan to contribute to a symposium, please submit your presentation now as an independent talk. For further details about symposia, see the call for papers and this homepage under “program”.

Time differences mean the conference dates may differ slightly from hub to hub. The official global dates are 23-28 July 2017. In Montreal and La Plata, the dates might be 23-27 July. In Sydney, the dates might be 24-28 July. In Graz we tentatively plan to start with a reception on the evening of the 23rd and close with a banquet on the evening of the 28th. In any case, the exact timing will depend on the number of accepted abstracts.

Registration fees will be similar to previous ICMPCs, with discounts for students, early registration and economically disadvantaged countries. We will check the number of submissions and acceptances before adjusting our budgets and announcing the fees. Meanwhile please submit your abstract and take advantage of the anonymous expert feedback that you will receive; it is no problem to withdraw an accepted submission.

Tips for colleagues who are new to ICMPC

You do not need an academic qualification, publication, affiliation, or society membership to submit an abstract. Reviewers will consider only the content of your abstract when making their evaluations. They will not consider your bio, vita, CV, or publication list, so there is no need for this information. When ConfTool asks you for a company or organization, you can enter for example "private" or "independent scholar". ConfTool gives you the opportunity to comment on your submission, but we cannot forward these comments to reviewers -- they will see only your abstract.

The following guidelines for writing abstracts are not requirements. Instead, they are intended to help you impress the anonymous reviewers. Inclusion in the program will depend primarily on their ratings.

  • The background section is like an introduction. It is the academic background to the study. It should not refer to your personal background.
  • The aims section should be relatively short and concise, and it should focus on your main aim. (Why are you doing this study?)
  • Regarding "Results" (in empirical contributions): if you don't have any results yet, at least explain your hypotheses in the results section.
  • The reference list is included in the 500-word limit. Preferred reference format is APA (American Psychological Association). The main text should contain in-text references like the one at the end of this sentence, and they should correspond to the reference list (Helmholtz, 1865). References are not compulsory, but reviewers may prefer to see at least one or two.
  • To get a feel for writing in this style, look up the abstract books of previous similar conferences in the internet.

If your abstract is accepted, it will be published. You will then have the opportunity to contribute to the conference proceedings, which will also be published. Submission guidelines and template will be similar to previous ICMPCs.

Abstract submissions (especially for spoken papers) must be original, but reviewers may have different opinions about what “originality” means in specific cases. In general, your abstract submission should differ "significantly" (according to reviewers) from any published paper or previous conference presentation, and from any concurrent submission to any conference or any journal. After the conference, you are free to submit your material to a journal.

If you have further questions that are not answered in the call for papers or on this website, please write to

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