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ICA is Excited to Announce the Paper Submission Website is Now Open!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 5, 2019

ICA invites you to submit your individual submission or session proposal for the 70th ICA Annual Conference to be held in Gold Coast, Australia. The conference will take place both in the Star Gold Coast Hotel and Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on 21-25 May 2020. Preconference events will be held on Thursday, 21 May. The conference theme is "Open Communication."

Click here (https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020CFP) for the conference Call for Papers.

To access ScholarOne, please click here (https://ica2020.abstractcentral.com/). You do not have to be an ICA member to access and submit, but you do need a ScholarOne profile. If you created a ScholarOne profile last year, you can use the same login information to access the website. Our membership database is no longer linked to the paper submission website. If you have any questions or concerns about your profile, please contact ScholarOne’s Help Desk

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. 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, “Open Communication”, consider submitting your work or paper as a theme session for the conference, rather to a single specialty division. The ICA 2020 conference theme of “Open Communication” aims to facilitate and deepen the conversation about Open Science in the field of communication. The international 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.

If you have any questions about submitting your work for the theme sessions, please get in touch with this year’s theme chair, Eike Mark Rinke (U of Leeds) e.m.rinke@leeds.ac.uk. 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, and go to your General Information. 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 appropriately matched to a paper to review.

New this year:

The paper submission limit is no longer five, but now submitters can only be the first author on three submissions max. But there is no longer a limit on submissions in general, only as the first author.

Important Note:
Messages or emails are regularly sent from ICA or Unit Planners concerning paper submissions or reviewing. Sometimes our emails 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: Friday, 1 November 2019; 16:00 UTC

Tags:  September 2019 

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