There are two matters of note concerning the 2019 Annual ICA Conference in Washington, DC. The first is that the crunch on spaces to host preconference events may be in the process of being sorted out. We will advise on this after the deadline for pre and postconferences has passed on 31 August, and we are aware of how many are being proposed.
The second thing is designated paper length for Divisions and Interest Groups. The ScholarOne software allows Division/Interest Group chars to set a “hard” and “soft’ word limit, similar to that used for academic journals (i.e. the paper cannot be lodged if over a particular word length). It also allows for tables, figures, charts and images to be submitted as separate files. For about half of the Divisions and Interest Groups, a word limit was set, most commonly at 8,000 words. But half still used the page limit model, which is confusing for submitters, and redundant with the new paper lodgment system. We would urge that Division and interest Group chairs look closely at this for the future.