International Journal of Arts & Sciences (IJAS)

Academic conferences in a "study abroad" format

Annual Multidisciplinary Conference in Boston
Proud home of Harvard University
May 26 to 30, 2020

$395 Registration (includes 2 free day tours)
$645 Registration (2 free day tours + 1 Guest)
$295 Registration for 1-day attendance (no tours)

Getting a point across at Harvard Square
Once again, the International Journal of Arts and Sciences' (IJAS) conference, which will be held on the Harvard University campus* in Boston, Massachusetts, introduces New England as a potential study abroad destination. The conference location in the greater Boston area is the intellectual heart and soul of New England where delegates will have access to complimentary programs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

Boston is the historic bastion of American democracy and has not ceased to surprise since its first impromptu tea party. This is also a region rich in academic advancement. On a per capita basis, no other capital city in the United States has as many university graduates residing within it. Boston is a celebration for the open mind. Our hope is that this experience will spark an interest in our delegates to join us in exchanging research and promoting this region as an excellent venue for international education. IJAS is committed to tear down the silos of academia and integrate education within the larger sphere that encapsulates us all.

Please note that although this conference will be held on a university campus, in no way should the availability of Harvard's premises be construed as if this was a conference organized by Harvard.  As an academic organization, the International Journal of Arts and Sciences hosts research and study abroad events on several campuses in North America and Europe. For liability purposes, IJAS is responsible and accountable for its own conferences and cultural programs despite the organization's academic affiliations.

Conference Objectives and Call for Research 
The IJAS Conference Series takes place annually in several cities across Europe and North America. The series has three primary aims.

The first aim is to provide opportunities for academics from a range of disciplines and countries to share their research both through the conference podium and IJAS' double-blind refereed publications. All IJAS conferences are inter- and multi-disciplinary.

The second aim of the Conference Series is to provide opportunities for academics to receive informal in-depth feedback through discussions, and to enable them to establish contact with professionals in other countries and institutions. The tours are the main way of "breaking the ice" away from the formalities of the conference hall, providing an informal setting for discussing different points of view. Even in an increasingly networked world of internet and satellite conferences, there is no substitute for personal interaction—what Edward R. Murrow calls "the last three feet of communication." It is individuals, not data streams, who must ultimately build the connections that in turn create lasting international research partnerships.

The third aim of the Conference Series is to introduce academics to educational premises in locations that are suitable for study abroad programs and which may meet their students’ educational needs. IJAS draws its inspiration from the Fulbright Program, an integral part of the United States' foreign educational relations, where face-to-face exchanges have proven to be the single most effective means of engaging international publics while broadening dialogue between academics and institutions.


Our editorial board invites abstracts, papers, and proposals in any of the following tracks:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities,
  • Business and Economics,
  • Teaching and Education, and
  • Science and Technology.

The accepted submissions will be clustered around their common topics and areas of interest. As is typical of multidisciplinary conferences, the final program - released about three weeks before the conference - will mirror the research agendas of the delegates rather than a pre-conceived list of arbitrary topics.

It is up to each delegate how much to submit or publish. Some authors may publish only an abstract in the proceedings. Others may prefer to publish a full-length manuscript in the journal.

Delegates may also attend a conference without submitting or publishing any research.

Authors may deliver their work during the conference either as (i) a 15-minute oral presentation, (ii) a poster session, or (iii) a workshop.

Room setups at the conference shall be amenable to different types of presentations.

A fishing shack in Maine.
Maine & Lobster Lunch Off-Campus Program
Buses depart at 09:30 on 29 May 2020 from the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115. For directions to the Conference Center, click here.

Conference delegates enjoying lunch in Maine.

For those who would like to step outside the conference premises, our private coach will head north to Maine, stopping at Kennebunkport. We will head into town past the spectacular old seafarers' houses, walk around, and enjoy a complimentary lobster roll lunch. 


The bus will then travel down the slow road, taking Route 9 through Wells and into Ogunquit. 


We will pass through Portsmouth, New Hampshire but we will not stop. A historic seaport and popular summer tourist destination, Portsmouth was named one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In the evening, delegates may attend research presentations at MIT.

Plimoth Plantation and Complimentary Lunch Off-Campus Program
Buses depart at 09:30 on 30 May 2020 from the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115. For directions to the Conference Center, click here. This event concludes our conference.

Exploring Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation is a living museum that shows the original settlement of the earliest colony established in the 17th century by English migrants, some of whom later became known as Pilgrims. They were among the first people who emigrated to America to avoid religious persecution.

The re-creations are sourced from a wide variety of first and second records, accounts, articles and period paintings and artifacts. In the 1700 English Village section of the museum, interpreters have been trained to speak, act, and dress appropriately for the period. They are called historical interpreters, and they interact with their 'strange visitors' in the first person, answering questions, discussing their lives and viewpoints and participating in tasks such as cooking, planting, blacksmithing and animal husbandry. The 1627 English Village loosely follows a time line, chronologically representing the calendar year 1627 from late March through November (the months the museum is open), depicting day-to-day life and seasonal activities as well as featuring some key historical events such as funerals and special celebrations.


Submit Your Research

To submit your abstract for presentation at this conference, click here

The most important dates to remember are as follows:

    • Submit your abstract by 17 March 2020.
    • Pay the registration fee by 31 March 2020.
    • The conference will be held during 26 to 30 May 2020.
    • Email your manuscript formatted in line with this template to after your presentation at the conference and before 31 July 2020.
    • The proceedings and journals will be published in late December 2020.

Within a few days of receiving your online abstract submission, we will notify you of the reviewers' acceptance or rejection, for the conference.

If we inform you that it is an acceptance and you would like to publish your research, follow the model format
here and email us your formatted abstract or full manuscript in Microsoft Word. You may do so up to a few weeks after the conference.

Abstracts and summarized articles will be published in the proceedings entitled Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, in electronic format (ISSN 1943-6114).

Full length manuscripts may be published in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences(ISSN 1944-6934) or any of the refereed journals electronically available through our publishing consortium. The review process for the journals is slower and more demanding in its standards. Although both the proceedings and journals are refereed, research that meets the refereed standards for the conference and the proceedings may not meet the refereed standards for the journals. The selection of a journal, if any, for a particular manuscript is entirely at the discretion of the editorial board members following the reviewers' suggestions.

All the journals and proceedings are in electronic format since this makes it easier to disseminate the articles (click here for a sample article
) to international scholars.
Authors will receive complimentary access to the online issue in which their work appears. One's research may not simultaneously appear in both our proceedings and journals.

Authors who prefer a hard copy may download an entire issue on their own computer and publish and order a hard copy of it from or any other online publishing service for their own personal use.

IJAS's articles are indexed/accessed in (i) WorldCat, (ii) Ulrich's serials directory, (iii) Cabell's directories of Educational Curriculum & Methods and Educational Psychology and Administration, (iv) Proquest, (v) Pol-On, the Polish scholarly bibliography operated by the University of Warsaw, (vi) Genamics, (vii) the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2012) list compiled by the Australian Research Council, and (viii) Google Scholar - click here.
There is no page limit on articles. We welcome both short and lengthy submissions. We don't impose a financial penalty on lengthy manuscripts.

Each registered author, irrespective of whether he or she submits a formatted manuscript for publication, will receive a Certificate of Participation at the conference.
Powerpoint Presentations
At the conference, the presentation room will be equipped with a laptop, a digital projector and a projector screen. The laptop will be set up for Powerpoint presentations. Linux and Mac users are asked to save their presentations in a compatible format.


Cambridge is the world capital of scientific research. Interior view of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR).
Conference Registration Payment
Registration is open to everyone, not just to research presenters.
For all alternative ways of paying the registration fee, click here.
The registration fee does not include food and lodging.

$395 - Conference at Harvard Registration: 
Valid for all 5 days.

Valid for one person for all conference events, on and off conference premises. Includes all tours.


$295 - Conference at Harvard Registration:
Valid for 1 day only.

Valid for one person, for one day only, on conference premises. Does not include any tours.

$645 - Conference at Harvard Registration for 2 persons:
Valid for all 5 days
Joint registration for yourself and a guest (who is not a co-author), valid for all conference events, on and off conference premises. Includes all tours. 

There is no such thing as a "free child" or "free spouse." Also, children under 6-years old are not allowed. Certificates of attendance won't be issued to guests.


In Case of Questions About...

your submission or the conference:

events sponsorship:


International Journal of Arts & Sciences
Attn: Mark Bridge
Conferences Department
55 Farm Drive
Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864-3565

Dr. Joseph Bonnici
IJAS Conferences Coordinator
Vance Hall
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley St
New Britain, CT 06050-4010

There is no shortage of lodging in Boston, ranging from economical hostels to hotels. Please click here. However, in the absence of a rental car, it's imperative that the hotel you select is within reasonable access to public transport.


To book hotel rooms across from the Harvard conference center, click here. The group booking code is IJAS2020.