2023 ICC Call for Papers

As you may have heard, the Creation Science Fellowship of Pittsburgh, transferred ownership of the International Conference of Creationism (ICC) to Cedarville University. We are inviting proposals to be considered for presentation at the next conference to be held July 16-19, 2023 in Cedarville, Ohio. Along with the traditional full-length papers, this ICC will include some additional types of presentations. In continuation with previous ICC’s, the theme is Developing and Systematizing the Creation Model of Origins.  Interested scholars should submit electronic proposals according to the calendar deadlines found in this document. Further guidelines for each type of presentation can be found in the Author’s Manual (2023 ICC Authors manual). The guidelines in the Author’s Manual should be carefully followed, or the proposal will be rejected. The submission and review process will be entirely electronic, with links through the ICC website.

Topics for all sessions include:

  • THEOLOGY AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE: Biblical Models and Hermeneutics, Mathematical and Logical Models, Philosophy of Science
  • LIFE SCIENCES: Cell and Molecular Biology, Organismal Biology, Biogeography, Systematics, Genetics, Ecology
  • ASTRONOMY AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES: Astro-chronometry, Cosmogony & Cosmology, Atmospheric Sciences, Climate Change
  • EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES: Geochemistry & Geochronology, Geophysics, Physical Geology, Sedimentary Geology, Paleontology
  • PHYSICAL SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCES: Chemistry, Physics, Intelligent Design, Numerical Simulation Methods in Creation Research
  • SOCIAL SCIENCES AND THE HUMANITIES: Philosophy of History, History, Linguistics, Archeology, Psychology, Economics and Political Science, Education

Proposals dealing with the age of the earth/universe must be from a young-earth perspective. Proposals from an old-earth, local flood, geocentric, anti-relativity, or anti-quantum mechanics perspective will not be considered for this conference.


 1) Full-Length Papers:

Full-length original papers will be considered from a wide range of disciplines, generally 10,000 to 20,000 words in length. Review papers are allowed, but all papers should be original and should not be currently considered for publication elsewhere. There are several steps to the eventual publication of a full-length paper in the Proceedings:

  • Proposal: An 800-word proposal is due no later than September 30, 2022. Proposals will be peer-reviewed by an Area Editor and one or more peer-reviewers.
  • First Draft: If the proposal is accepted, the first draft is due no later than December 31, 2022. Papers will be peer-reviewed by an Area Editor and two or more peer-reviewers.
  • Final Draft: If the first draft is accepted, the final draft is due no later than April 30, 2023 and must be acceptable by the editors for publication.
  • PowerPoint: Due one week prior to the conference.
  • Presentation: About one hour (45 minute talk, 10 minute Q&A) during the conference.

2) Abstracts:

Abstracts are short (350 words) and accompany an oral presentation (12 minutes) and allow scholars to publish and present preliminary data and conclusions not yet ready for a full-length paper.

  • Proposal: Abstract proposals are due by April 30, 2023. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an Area Editor and possibly other reviewers. The decision to reject, accept with revisions, or accept will generally take about two weeks.
  • Final Draft: If the abstract is accepted, final corrections need to be made by May 31, 2023. A copy of your abstract will appear in the Proceedings.
  • PowerPoint: Due one week before the conference.
  • Presentation: 12 minute presentation and 2 minute Q&A during the conference.

3) Posters:

Posters are visual presentations of a scholar’s work, no more than 42 inches wide and 42 inches tall. Posters will be displayed throughout the length of the conference in a poster hall. Authors will be able to “present” their poster during a specified two-hour time window during the conference. The responsibility of printing the poster is the author’s and should be completed before arriving in Cedarville.

  • Proposal: Poster abstract proposals are due by April 30, 2023. The poster abstract (350 words) will be peer-reviewed by an Area Editor and possibly other reviewers. The decision to reject, accept with revisions, or accept will generally take about two weeks.
  • Final Draft: If the abstract is accepted, final corrections need to be made by May 31, 2023. Consult the Author’s Manual to find out what information needs to be included on each poster.
  • Poster: A pdf copy of your poster needs to sent to the Editor one week before the conference. A pdf copy of your poster and your abstract will appear in the Proceedings pending final acceptance by the Editor.
  • Presentation: Two-hour presentation (standing by your poster) during the conference with the opportunity to informally dialogue with interested conference attendees.

4) Interactive Forums:

ICC wants to provide a forum for interactive discussion among scholars, which can be interdisciplinary. Along these lines, we are looking for proposals for “interactive” sessions. These can take many different forms including themed presentations of papers and abstracts, workshops, round-table discussions, panel discussions, etc. We are looking for creative proposals from moderators to facilitate and lead such opportunities of varying length, from one to four hours. Proposals need to be made by April 30, 2023. The ICC Board of Directors will make the final decisions about the number and length of the sessions based on the submitted proposals. These sessions will not be published with the exception of accepted papers, abstracts, and posters that might be themed to go along with a particular session. Accepted papers, abstracts and posters can be requested by the moderator to be presented at a particular interactive forum.

5) Field Trips:

Field trips can be of variable length and occur before, during or after the conference. Submitted proposals will be considered after the April 30, 2023 deadline by the ICC Board of Directors. Field trip moderators are responsible for making trip arrangements and should propose a cost for participants including such things as museum admission, transportation and meals. Field trip participants will be able to register through the ICC website when they register for the conference.

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