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President Elect: ICA 2020 Conference Theme

Posted By Claes H. De Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Tuesday, July 2, 2019

As we start thinking about the ICA 2020 conference it is also time to think creatively about the conference theme ‘Open Communication’. Conference theme chair, Eike Rike (LeedsU ) and I are excited about this theme and aim to make it an open (pun intended) and inclusive discussion about open science and our communication discipline. This column includes the highlights from the conference theme call.

The Open Communication theme aims to facilitate and deepen the conversation about Open Science in the field of communication. The movement towards Open Science touches on many aspects of our research practices, and discussing the implications will enable and contribute to a conversation in the ICA and our field more broadly about Open Science. This is an inclusive conversation from which our entire field can benefit.

Open science is oriented toward advancing scholarship through transparency, wide-ranging collaboration, and a focus on the creation of public goods. It is about sharing knowledge about our research process, being up front about research ideas, transparent and thoughtful about analyzing our materials, and ensuring that, when possible, data and instruments are available for future scholars to learn from and to challenge. 

With the theme of Open Communication, we encourage research and panels that cut across research domains and practices. In particular, we also encourage submissions that focus on digital communication, the lockdown of platforms, and the interesting tensions between data science and open science practices.

With the Open Communication conference theme, we encourage scholars to address key questions that relate to collaboration in and the accessibility of our work, such as:

  • What are good open science practices and how can they be adopted in our discipline?

  • What does open science imply for the norms and values that underlie our research work?

  • How do we develop an inclusive open science culture that is respectful of epistemological differences?

  • How do we square developments towards data science, algorithms, and artificial intelligence with open science principles and practices?

  • How can open science enable the communication field to be inspired by, and inspire, adjacent fields?

  • How do we educate both emerging and established communication scholars about open science?

  • What are the roles and responsibilities of different actors (universities, funders, associations, research groups, journals, individual researchers)?

For more specific submission guidelines, please see:


For updates on the 2020 ICA Annual Conference and the Open Communication theme, follow and get in touch with @claesdevreese and @emrinke 

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