New Conference Locations
In 2012, locations were scouted for conference venues and partners, to expand the conversations and range of the organisation. On the shortlist were both the UK and the United States, and a decision was made that Brighton, in the UK, would host IAFOR events in the summer of 2013.
Professor Picken thanked by the Emperor and Empress of Japan
The Chairman of IAFOR, Professor Stuart D. B. Picken, was thanked in person by the Emperor and Empress of Japan for his part in the fundraising efforts following the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami.
Open Access Publishing
In line with its mission to share research and publications, IAFOR committed to the establishment of an online and searchable research archive, where publications could be made accessible at no cost, regardless of institutional status, wherever there is internet access.
A decision was made to launch Open Access “platinum” standard academic journals, where no fees are paid either by the author or reader at any point. These journals are aligned with the interdisciplinary areas in which IAFOR holds conferences.
April 2012 saw the publication of the first IAFOR journal: the IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship. This was an internationally reviewed and editorially independent interdisciplinary journal associated with IAFOR’s international Literature and Librarianship conferences.
In August 2012, the organisation launched the IAFOR Journal of Arts & Humanities. It is an internationally reviewed and editorially independent interdisciplinary journal associated with IAFOR’s international conferences on Arts and Humanities.