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ICA is Excited to Announce That the Paper Management System is Now Open! 

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 1, 2017

ICA invites you to submit your paper or proposal for the 68th ICA Annual Conference to be held in Prague, Czech Republic in 2018. The conference will take place in the Hilton Prague hotel from 24-28 May 2018. Preconference events will be held on Wednesday, 23 May and Thursday, 24 May. The conference theme is “Voices.”
Click here ( for the conference Call for Papers. 

To access ICA’s paper management system, please click here ( You do not have to be an ICA member but you do need a profile. Please use your user ID to access the system. If you have used the system before, but cannot recall your information please use the ‘Search for My Profile’ function. We do not encourage multiple profiles, so please try to refrain from creating duplicate profiles. 

Tips for Online Submission:


Have your document ready to upload! You MUST upload a paper or extended abstract in order to complete the submission process. Before submitting your document, remember to remove all author identification from the text, cover page, and the file properties. (In the “File” menu select “Properties,” delete any identifying information, click “OK,” and save the document.) 


Plan ahead! The Session Organizer submits the panel proposal, and enters all of the panel information including the abstract rationale, and listing of all panel participants. When entering a panel participant, please SEARCH THE DATABASE for the participants. ENTER ONLY 2 OR 3 LETTERS OF THE FIRST AND LAST NAMES WHEN SEARCHING. This strategy will minimize the possibility of missing a record because of a ‘special’ character in the first or last names. Creating a second record for a person already in the database will cause problems in the future. In the Panel Description field enter the text of your panel proposal including rationale, presentation authors and titles, and abstracts or any other information mentioned in the Call for Papers. You can do this by copying and pasting the text of the panel proposal from your Word document. 

If your topic crosses the interests of several divisions or interest groups, and relates to this year’s theme, Communicating with Power, consider submitting your work or paper as a theme session for the conference, rather to a single specialty division. 

Communicating power is about communicating—both sending and receiving—powerfully or forcefully. This is reaching out to the influencers, not necessarily those just holding formal positions. It is speaking with a louder voice, designing with cleverer graphics, shooting with more artistic and appealing videography. It is gamification so that messages are absorbed and acted upon. It is investigating phenomena and variables that, when better understood, will make a bigger difference with more people, making a corner of the world a better place. The currency of academia is influence. If we can influence to make a positive difference, we will have communicated with power. 

If you have any questions about submitting your work for the theme sessions, please get in touch with this year’s theme chair, Donald Matheson, Canterbury U, We welcome your contributions!  

ICA Member Associations are eligible for at least one panel program at the conference. The highest ranking elected officer or designated program planner of each Member Association is invited to submit a panel proposal through the online submission system by the 1 November submission deadline. Follow the instructions for submitting a panel session and submit under Sponsored Sessions.  

Help is available:  

If you need help with online submission, contact the appropriate ICA division or Interest Group program planner. Contact information is listed in the Call for Papers. All divisions and interest groups are accepting only electronic submissions. 

When you submit your paper, also consider signing up to be a reviewer! Signing up to review is available after you log into the submission site. You do not have to submit a paper to become a reviewer. Volunteering to serve as a reviewer does not guarantee that you will be selected to review. Be sure to mark your areas of expertise, so that you are appropriate matched to a paper to review. 

Important Note: 

Messages or e-mails are regularly sent from ICA or Unit Planners concerning paper submissions or reviewing. Sometimes our e-mails will filter into spam folders, usually of those who have a university address. So be sure to frequently check your message center in the paper submission system after signing in. The message center stores all sent messages and eliminate the problem of universities blocking emails. 

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 1 November 2017; 16:00 UTC 

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