The “International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies” will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza, Downtown Silver Spring, MD (two metro stops from Washington DC), USA, March 22 - 25, 2018. The theme for the Spring ICIRS 2017 conference is:

Scholar practitioners: generating new knowledge and improving practice” featuring full research papers, a doctoral symposium, panel discussions, and workshops in the areas of:

  • Business, Management, Leadership, Marketing, Human Resources
  • Education, Counseling, Higher Education Administration
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Public Health, Health Sciences, Health Administration
  • Science, Technology, Engineering  
  • Public Policy, Public Administration,
  • International Relations, Environmental Science, Sustainability 
  • Religious Studies, Conflict Management, Diversity
  • Project Management


This global conference will serve as a meeting place for scholar practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and students engaged in research to exchange ideas relative to the challenges, opportunities, emerging trends, best practices, and innovative ideas in their field. The submission deadline is March 15, 2017. Conference proceedings and full papers (concurrently peer-reviewed for publication) will be published in theInternational Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Business, Technology, and Education (ISSN 2333-5981); Journal of Applied Thought Leadership in Operation, Process Improvement, People Development, and Mindful Social Change (ISSN 2377-9721), or Journal of Leadership and International Development (ISSN 2377-9691).

The power and significance of attending this unique interdisciplinary conference is to draw international thought leaders and scholars from a variety of academic disciplines to create a comprehensive learning experience. It also emphasizes critical thinking and creative problem solving with the understanding that the most complex world problems are interdependent and are solved across multi-disciplines.  The goal of the ICIRS conference is to facilitate this interdisciplinary and scholarly interaction. The guidelines for manuscript submission, registration, and other relevant information is available on the ICIRS conference web page.


Conference Chairs

Walter McCollum, PhD, New York University

Darrell Burrell, DHEd, Florida Institute of Technology

DerejeTessema, PhD, Maryland Global University 



Guideline for Manuscript Submission for Scholar-Practitioners Journals:

1. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Manuscripts which not adhere to these guidelines will not be sent out for reviews.

2. Because of the double-blind review, the authors’ information should not be included in the manuscript file. Please put authors’ information in the separated Title Page.

3. Manuscripts should be organized in the following order: Title; abstract; keywords (indexing terms, normally three-to-six items); introduction; material studied, area descriptions, methods and/or techniques; results; discussion; conclusion; acknowledgements; references.

4. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages, including figures, tables, and references.

5. The title page should include the title of the article, name(s) of the author(s), affiliation(s), address(es), phone number(s), E-mail address(es), and a suggested running head (not to exceed 40 characters). To facilitate blind review, implications of authorship should appear only on the title page. The title page is to be followed by the abstract. The text of the paper should begin on the third page.

6. The abstract consisting of 100 to 150 words should provide a brief, comprehensive summary of the content of the manuscript.

7. Tables should be arranged sequentially and numbered in the order in which they appear in the text and placed at the end of the manuscript. Each table should have a caption centered above the table; explanatory notes to a table (e.g., probability levels, explanations of abbreviations, etc.) should appear at the bottom of the table.

8. Figures (graphs, line drawings, photographs, charts), numbered consecutively with their respective captions, should also be cited in the order in which they appear in the text. Figure captions should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet of paper. All illustrations must be camera-ready; photographs must be of professional quality; and drawings should be prepared in ink or press-on tape.

9. Mathematical expressions and notations should be used judiciously and only as required by the subject matter. All symbols must be identified.

10. Footnotes to the body of the manuscript should not be used. Instead, the material they contain should be incorporated in the text.

11. References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the manuscript. References to the same author(s) are arranged according to the year of publication, the earliest first. Text citations must correspond accurately to the references in the bibliography. In the text, for references to the work of up to five authors, all authors should be cited the first time the reference occurs in the body of the manuscript; in subsequent citations the surname of the first author should be followed by et al. and the year. Reference citations in parentheses should be arranged alphabetically

12. A biographical sketch of each author of approximately 250 words in length must be included at the end of the paper.

13. The final version of manuscript accepted for publication must be submitted electronically as a single Microsoft Word document or in a compatible file format.


Guideline for Abstract submission for International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies (ICIRS)

An abstract is a brief, comprehensive summary of the contents of the article and it allows readers to survey the contents of an article quickly and, like a title; it enables persons interested in the document to retrieve it from abstracting and indexing databases. A well-prepared abstract can be the most important single paragraph in an article. The abstract needs to be dense with information by embedding key words to enhance the user’s ability to find it. Your abstract should be 100 to 150 words.

Sample abstract

Knowledge loss resulting from an aging workforce continues to be a management nightmare that has obliged many organizational leaders to develop strategies aimed at documenting mission-critical knowledge. Yet knowledge captured and stored in repositories continues to lack quality. The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of integrating quality management into the tacit knowledge capture process. Further studies on the effects of personality in the knowledge capture processes could lead to insights on reasons for diminished knowledge quality. From a social perspective, the implementation of a model that encompasses personality and quality management could improve decision-making processes.


Keywords: critical knowledge, knowledge capture, knowledge loss, knowledge quality, quality control, quality management, tacit knowledge