The ‘Asia-Pacific Handbook of Contemporary Research’ is a comprehensive collection of thought-provoking discussions within the subject areas of Business, Social Sciences, Education, and ICT. Centred on information gathered in the Asian-Pacific region as well in the rest of world, the handbook sets out to offer alternative and challenging ideas both to academics and practioners.

The purpose of the Handbook is to stimulate further discussions on the various research methods used in each of the four subjects mentioned above, giving insights into relevant theories that may have been overlooked. The Handbook presents the studies separately, each containing its own argument, research and conclusion. While the issues raised may not be fully answered, the Handbook instead raises the profile of the theories to open up discussions and encourage further studies based on the research presented.

Rather than offering a flowing narrative to connect the studies, the Handbook combines these studies to reinforce the idea that current research methods are lacking, and that newer theories should be considered to address current concerns.

Call for Book Chapters

After the great success of the Asia-Pacific Handbook of Contemporary Research, volume 1, which was published in 2017, APIAR is again welcoming authors from both academia and industry to submit their book chapters to be reviewed for the second edition of the handbook. Any topic related to Business, Social Sciences, ICT or Education can be considered for a book chapter.


This handbook will help to define the standards for these topics and to promote understanding. Not only academics but also professionals will benefit from the contents of the handbook, which will inform and inspire readers to reach their full potential.

Please ensure that all manuscripts meet the following criteria:

  • word count of 5,000–7,500 words for each chapter
  • submitted as Microsoft® Word document
  • typewritten in English
  • use an objective third-person viewpoint throughout (e.g. “the author/s” or “the researcher/s”, NOT “I” or “we”)


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