Call for Papers: Themed Issue

The themed issue in Research in Globalization Elsevier’s open access journal on ‘Asia-Europe Sustainable Connectivity’ is open for submission here until the end of 2020.

This themed issue focuses on the impacts of connectivity, both positive and negative, on sustainable development in Europe and Asia as well as the wider world. It welcomes original research on international (as opposed to domestic) connectivity and globalisation and its links to sustainable development and resulting implications for policy-makers, covering topics such as transport, energy, digital economy, political cooperation, education, research, culture, migration, tourism, trade, financial flows, security and health. The themed issue also welcomes new methods to measure the levels of sustainable connectivity between countries to support data-driven policymaking, being indicator frameworks or composite indicators. It is launched in conjunction with AESCON conference.

Although Research in Globalization is an open-access journal which is normally subject to a mandatory open-access fee, there is no fee for papers published in the ‘Asia-Europe Sustainable Connectivity’ themed issue. Fees will be waived if your work is published in this issue.

Please see the Guide for Authors here.


Call for Abstracts (closed)

The abstract submission to AESCON is closed. We thank all applicants for their abstract submissions. All authors have been notified on the outcome of their abstracts.

AESCON welcomes original research on international connectivity and globalisation and its links to sustainable development, with a particular focus on the Asia-Europe context.

Conference topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Digital economy and e-commerce
  • Political and institutional cooperation
  • Education and research
  • Migration
  • Tourism
  • Interoperability
  • Trade
  • Financial networks and flows
  • Cultural exchanges
  • Security
  • Information and Communication Technologies

Research should address international connectivity (as opposed to domestic), and particular preference will be given to research targeting Asia-Europe connectivity.  Research should also adopt an integrated approach to connectivity, by linking the chosen connectivity topic to sustainability considerations and assessments.  Participants are highly encouraged to use data from the ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Portal. Datasets are available in the Repository section.

Submission process

Interested researchers should submit a short text abstract which summarises their research and key findings, using the form below. The abstract should clearly state the objectives and motivation of their research, what was done, how it was done, major results and conclusions. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee of AESCON. For accepted abstracts, participants will also be required to submit an extended 2-3 page abstract, including key figures and tables, which will feature in the conference proceedings and will be publically available from the conference website.

The abstract submission process is as follows:

  • July 1st, 2019: Call for abstracts is open
  • October 6th, 2019: Deadline for abstracts
  • November 29th, 2019: Researchers are notified of acceptance or rejection of abstracts, and will be required to confirm their attendance to the conference
  • January 31st, 2020: Deadline for submission of extended abstract


Registration to AESCON is free of charge, but participants will need to cover the costs of their travel and accommodation. The acceptance to the conference is subject to the approval of the organisers, so please do not book your travel before having received a confirmation letter.

In order to encourage participation from a wide range of countries, and to promote a balanced group of participants, AESCON may be able to fund the travel of a very limited number of participants in particular justified cases where their institution is unable to provide funds. In such cases, travel funding would be available subject to the approval of the organising committee and with strong justification from the participant.