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International Soft Science Conference 2018

In general, management (soft science) can be defined as the art of conducting a planned process of working through and implemented in a systematic, organized and have certain guidelines. In this modern world, management is a problem that can not be separated from humans. Management is a process of social and human development in harmony with the surrounding community. Management is often associated with the administration and when talking about the concept of management must cover the three key elements of management, organization and management procedures or guidelines. These three elements are independent of each other and have a balanced relationship.

In order to realise the elements mentioned above, the Research and Innovation Management Centre (RIMC), Universiti Utara Malaysia plans to organize the fifth International Conference on Soft Science 2018 (ISSC'18). This conference is believed to attract the attention of academics and professionals, to discuss and share their ideas and research to strengthen field management related 'soft science'. This is an appropriate effort and great potential to contribute to the discourse of current knowledge in the field of 'soft science'.

Call for Papers

Area of Research

The main focus of the conference is in areas related to the field of 'soft science' in management. Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence and Management
  • Communication & Media
  • Education & Languages
  • Economic, Finance & Banking
  • Human and Social Development
  • Information Communication & Technology
  • Public Management & Law
  • Mathematics, Statistics and Quantitative Sciences
  • Technology Management
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Islamic Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sports Science
  • Psychology & Counseling
  • Build Environment
  • International Studies
  • Other topics related to Social Science studies

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadlines (Entended) 31 July 2018
Notification of Acceptance 15 August 2018
Revised/Final Version Deadline 31 August 2018
Early Bird Registration Deadline 31 July 2018
Payment Deadline 30 August 2018
Conference Day 25-27 September 2018

Date & Venue

25-27 September 2018. The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia


Full papers will be submitted to the Scientific Committee for their approval. On the basis of the recommendations provided by the peer reviewers, quality papers will be considered for publication in Scopus Indexed journals for Package A. For other options, please refer to the conference packages.

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts without the completed paper will NOT be accepted. Papers for the presentation at the conference will be selected through double blind review process. Please ensure that the authors' names do not appear in the submitted paper.

  • The paper must be original and have not been previously accepted in any journal or under consideration for publication elsewhere.;
  • Papers must be sent in MS Word format through OpenConf Peer Review and Conference Management System
  • All papers must conform to ISSC standard - single-column format set in MS Word Template :
    For Journal Article (Download Template HERE) - written in English with a range of 8-12 single-spaced pages, including an abstract, references, tables, figures and appendices
    For Proceedings (Download Template HERE) - written in English with a maximum 6 single-spaced pages, including an abstract, references, tables, figures and appendices
  • Any additional page will be charged USD 30 per page.

At least one author for each accepted paper must register and pay the fees for the conference by 30 August 2018 in order for the paper to be included in the program and the conference proceedings. By submitting a paper to present at the ISSC 2018, you explicitly agree that you will definitely have a fund and shall register for the conference.

Paper Submission

We use OpenConf Peer Review and Conference Management System for paper submission and reviewing process. Authors are required to submit and upload the paper online.

Keynote Speaker

Prof Ulung Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin

Professor in Social Anthropology (from 1991), Shamsul Amri Baharuddin has more than 30 years of teaching & research experience (since 1973) with Universiti Malaya and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), including short stints at CNRS Paris, Bielefeld University, Germany, Osaka University & Kyoto University, Japan, Leiden University, The Netherlands, Lund University, Sweden, UNPAD, Indonesia, National University of Singapore (NUS), University of Hawaii, Harvard University, and University of Melbourne & Monash University, Australia. He was Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (1997- 1999), Director, Institute of the Malay World & Civilization (ATMA), 1999-2007, Founding Director, Institute of Occidental Studies (IKON) 2005-2007 and the Founding Director, Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), UKM, from 2007 to date. He has successfully supervised 23 PhDs and 15 Masters. Another 11 PhDs and 2 Masters are works in progress. He has published widely locally and internationally on development studies, Islamic modernity, colonialism and knowledge production, nations and nationalism, identity formation and popular culture and edited (2007) the Module on Ethnic Relations, a compulsory university course on ethnic relations, for 21 Malaysian public universities. He is also sought after by local and international mass media (Al-Jazeera, BBC, ABC, etc) as an analyst on Malaysian current affairs. In 2008 he won the Laureate Academic Prize of the prestigious Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize, Japan. Most recently he was elevated to Distinguished Professor by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.

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Contact Us

ISSC 2018 Secretariat
Research and Innovation Management Centre (RIMC)
Universiti Utara Malaysia
06010 UUM Sintok
Kedah, Malaysia
Phone: +604 - 928 4774/4764
Fax: +604- 928 4756
E-mail: [email protected]

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