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ICA is excited to announce the paper submission website is now open!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 8, 2020

ICA invites you to submit your individual submission or session proposal for the 71st Annual ICA Conference to be held as a hybrid event, both in Denver, Colorado, USA and virtually. Participants will be able to select the attendance format they prefer. The physical conference is slated to take place at the Hyatt Regency in Denver on 27-31 May 2021. The conference theme is "Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice."

Click here (https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA21CFP) for the Conference Calls for Papers.

To access the paper submission website, please click here (https://ica2021.abstractcentral.com/). You do not have to be an ICA member to access and submit, but you do need a ScholarOne Abstracts profile. If you created a ScholarOne Abstracts 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 accessing or editing 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 individual 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, "Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice”, consider submitting your work or paper as a theme session for the conference, rather to a single division or interest group. The ICA 2021 conference theme calls for our examination of how care forms the fabric of our social and interconnected lives. From the moment that we enter this world we are completely dependent on the care of others, and as we move through our lives, the care of our teachers, doctors, leaders, and artists shape us into the adults that we are today. Even as we leave this earth, on our last days, we are comforted by the care of loved ones. Please visit the full CFP (https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA21CFP) for the full theme statement. 

If you have any questions about submitting your work for the theme sessions, please get in touch with one of this year’s theme co-chairs:

Walid Afifi, U of California at Santa Barbara, w-afifi@ucsb.edu

Mohan Dutta, Massey U, mohanjdutt@gmail.com

Chenjerai Kumanyika, Rutgers U, Chenjerai.Kumanyika@gmail.com

Srividya Ramasubramanian, Texas A&M U, srivi@tamu.edu

Anamik Saha, Goldsmith, U of London, a.saha@gold.ac.uk

Meghan Sanders, Louisiana State U, msand@lsu.edu



ICA Member Associations are entitled to 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 6 November submission deadline. Follow the instructions for submitting a panel session and submit under Sponsored Sessions. 


When you submit your paper, you are automatically signed up to review. 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.


Submitters can only be the first author on three submissions max. But there is no longer a limit on submissions in general, only for the first author.


If you need help with online submission, contact the appropriate ICA division or interest group program planner. Contact information is listed in the Calls for Papers

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 eliminates the problem of universities blocking emails.

Submission Deadline: Friday 6 November @12:00 Noon ICA Office Time (EST)


For more information on ICA21, please visit the frequently asked questions page (https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA21FAQ).

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