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First Nations Communication Call for Proposals

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 8, 2019
Updated: Thursday, November 7, 2019

As part of the 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), ICA is seeking to promote the scholarship and participation of First Nations researchers in both the conference and the association as a whole. 

Founded in 1950, the ICA is the premier international academic association for scholars engaged in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. It is organized into 33 divisions and interest groups, each representing a subfield in the study of communication. The breadth of divisions and interest groups is our strength, showcasing our wide-ranging discipline in which different aspects of communication are linked not only by common processes and structures, but also by diverse theories and methodologies.

The 70th annual conference will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre at Broadbeach, Gold Coast, from 21-25 May, 2020. The conference theme is Open Communication, with an aim to facilitate and deepen the conversation about Open Science in the field of communication.

ICA is keen to engage First Nations scholars in debates around communication in general, and, when applicable, Open Communication at the 2020 conference. We recognize Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the sovereign people of Australia, and the Yugumbeh people as the traditional custodians of the lands on which the ICA conference is to be held. We welcome the participation of other First Nations researchers of the Pacific region and elsewhere to participate in the conference, such as the Maori people of Aoteoroa (New Zealand). 

For the 2020 conference, the ICA will financially support the participation of up to ten First Nations scholars accepted to present at the conference, to cover airfares and accommodation on the Gold Coast, to a maximum of US$1,000 per individual. One can propose a paper or panel that is applicable to the 2020 conference theme of Open Communication, or that relates to the call for papers from one or more of ICA’s 33 divisions and interest groups. Priority will be given to First Nations researchers from Australia, in recognition of the Traditional Custodianship, by Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander people, of the lands on which the conference is being held. 

If you wish to be a part of this academic gathering, please provide the Conference Organizers with a title, 400-word abstract of your contribution and its relationship to the conference theme, plus a separate 150-word summary of the description to appear in the conference program. Submissions may take the form of individual papers or pre-formed panels of up to five participants. If the latter, panels are expected to be gender balanced, and to have a connected set of presentations. Outcomes will be formally advised by mid-January 2020. Selection of eligible papers will be based upon the capacity of the work to advance communication research and scholarship based upon the ICA Guiding Principles (https://www.icahdq.org/page/MissionStatement). 

For further information on participation in the ICA 2020 conference as a First Nations researcher through this initiative, please contact John Paul Gutierrez, Associate Executive Director (jpgutierrez@icahdq.org) and Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services (krosa@icahdq.org), who will be happy to help. Submissions for the First Nations #ica20 initiative should be emailed to John Paul Gutierrez, Associate Executive Director (jpgutierrez@icahdq.org), and Prof. Claes de Vreese, President-Elect/2020 Conference Planner (c.h.devreese@uva.nl), by Monday, 16 December 2019.   

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A New Interest Group is Among Us!

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services, Friday, November 8, 2019
Updated: Thursday, November 7, 2019

As the new academic year gets underway, we’d like to thank all members of the International Communication Association for choosing ICA as your professional asset! We wish you a successful new year, and, as you get back into the groove of things, remind you to renew your ICA membership! The ICA membership term runs from 1 October to 30 September annually, the grace period for renewal ends 1 December. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to login to your account, select the link to “Renew your Membership Now” and complete your renewal. We encourage you to do so before 1 December to avoid a disruption in accessing your account and to take advantage of a full year’s worth of benefits! 

New this year is the Human-Machine Communication interest group:

Human-Machine Communication

This newly created interest group became an official ICA interest group during the 2019 Annual ICA Conference. The Human-Machine Communication joined 32 existing divisions and interest groups between people and technologies designed to enact the role of communicator. 

Divisions and Interest Groups are a nice way to customize your membership experience based on your personal topic area(s) of interest. Joining a Division or Interest Group affords you increased potential to network with colleagues of similar interests. You will receive field-specific calls for papers, newsletters or special announcements disseminated by section leaders. Each function autonomously and conduct business meetings in conjunction with our annual conference. Most offer awards for various scholastic achievements such as best paper, or best research by a young scholar. We recommend joining at least one section to augment your ICA membership experience. 

What is the cost to join an ICA Division or Interest Group? 

Section dues generally range from US$3-$6. To learn more about the 33 different divisions and interest groups, click the link then select either divisions or interest groups to learn more: https://www.icahdq.org/members/group_select.asp

How do I join an ICA Division or Interest Group? 

If you would like to join the newly created Human-Machine Communication interest group, or any other division or interest group, it is easiest to join by selecting them during the renewal process. If you’ve already renewed but would like to join a new section, then contact Kristine Rosa at membership@icahdq.org. Let her know which sections, and she will gladly assist.

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Student Column: Cheers to You, ICA Deadline!

Posted By Clare Grall (Michigan State U), Friday, November 8, 2019
Updated: Thursday, November 7, 2019

I would like to lift my glass in a sincere toast to the only thing that has stayed constant in my career as a graduate student researcher.

Cheers to you, ICA deadline. 

My relationship with the ICA deadline started in 2014. The week of my first deadline, I received a blistering lecture on what it means to be a researcher: show up for your team, put in the hours if that’s what it takes, and use the deadline as a way to keep projects moving forward. In 2016, I spent a collective 25 hours in one conference room for three days working on a paper for the ICA deadline. For the deadline this year, I’m submitting a part of my dissertation. 

The ICA deadline represents the exact opposite of my career as a researcher. It is constant, unsurprising, and inflexible- except when the submission portal breaks. By contrast, I’ve spent the last five years continuously changing, accepting surprises, and staying as flexible as possible. The marathon ICA deadline of 2016 threw me into a re-evaluation of the research I was conducting for my degree when I realized I wasn’t chasing down the questions I was most passionate about. In 2017, I made the switch. I changed the direction of my research program, changed advisors, and changed methods. In the middle of my graduate training, when I was about to start leading first-author projects, I decided to learn how to integrate neuroscience into communication research. Like an artist learning how to be an engineer, this meant starting at ground zero.

I realize now that the blistering lecture on what it means to be a researcher that started 2014 hasn’t ended. On the surface, I spent the last three years learning how to collect neuroimaging data, learning how to code, and learning how to use biological data to inform communication theory. What I was really learning, however, was the harsh reality of publishing interdisciplinary work and the costs associated with upholding reproducible, open science practices. I came face-to-face with reviewers that unsubtly derided the use of neuroimaging to study communication, which initiated a period of time that I not-so-jokingly refer to as the “Philosophical Crisis of 2019.” 

Although the lecture is ongoing, some lessons are loud and clear. Being a researcher means knowing the reasons why you’re chasing a research question down to their philosophical roots. It means that you have to love uncovering knowledge more than you hate the bad reviews or the weeks that feel like a slog- because the journey is worth it. It means that every Fall, regardless of that year’s inner turmoil, you meet that ICA deadline to get your work in front of your peers because that’s how you keep moving forward.

And so I raise my glass. Thank you, ICA deadline, for being my rock as I learn how to be a researcher. With your help, I know that every year, I’ll keep pushing knowledge forward for the field of communication.

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ICA President's Column

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

I had the opportunity in 2018 to be on a panel in Seoul, South Korea with the late Charles Berger. Charles had been Professor Emeritus at U of California, Davis, a long-time ICA Fellow, and a former Editor of Human Communication Research. South Korea was a country that Charles had a great affinity with, and it was a privilege to spend time with him and to hear his insights into how the communication field had evolved over a 50-year period. 

Charles, Hak-Soo Kim (Sogang U), Lance Holbert (Temple U and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Communication), and I were invited to reflect at Yonsei U on the new challenges and new expectations in the communication field. Thinking about the future required, not surprisingly, critical reflection on ICA’s past. Going back to 1977, when Communication Yearbook (now the Annals of the International Communication Association) was first published, it could be noted that:

  • ICA in 1976 had about 2,200 (Weaver, 1977, p. 616) members. In April 2019, it had 4,574 members. Membership has therefore doubled over a 40-year period;

  • ICA in 1974 had eight divisions: Information Systems; Interpersonal Communication; Mass Communication; Organizational Communication; Intercultural Communication; Political Communication; Instructional Communication; and Health Communication. In 2019, the ICA has 24 Divisions and nine Interest Groups, with the newest – Human-Machine Communication – endorsed by the Board of Directors at the 2019 Washington, DC Conference. This is a 300% increase in the number of subgroups within ICA. 

The number of Divisions and Interest Groups within ICA has therefore grown at three times the rate of the overall membership. This is, in one measure, a sign of the diversity and vibrancy of the Association and the communication field more generally. But it has always presented challenges, ranging from the size of the Board of Directors to the complexities of scheduling to the question of whether there is a common core to the field. The latter was certainly a matter of interest to Charles Berger, who wondered whether it presented difficulties in presenting what we did to other stakeholders, be they policymakers, scholars in other disciplines, or prospective graduate students. 

One of the matters that the ICA will be examining in 2019-20 is the process for formation of new Divisions and Interest Groups and the sustainability of the current structure going forward. It sits alongside a number of matters that the Association is evaluating, including the future of conferences, questions of inclusion, diversity, equity and access, and the implications of open access for the future of our journals. We will be seeking your input as ICA members on these important matters in the near future. 

Weaver, C.H. (1977). A history of the International Communication Association (L.M. Brown, ed.). In B.D. Ruben (Ed.), Communication Yearbook (pp. 607-618). New Brunswick, N.J: Transaction Books.

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President-Elect Column

Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019


While many scholars are working hard to get their paper and panel submissions ready for the regular submission deadline in November, one deadline has already come and gone: the submission of pre and postconference proposals for the 70th Annual ICA Conference.


It was delightful to see the wide range of proposals and the interaction with local and further-away (e.g. Sydney) academic communities and institutions. There will be a really interesting and diverse portfolio of events adjacent to the main conference. The initiatives are too many to list, but let me highlight a few.


Here are glimpses of what we can expect: As preconferences we will, for example, see one addressing ‘mobile communication and opportunities for open science’. This preconference ties in very well with the overall Open Communication theme of the 2020 Annual ICA Conference. On that note, there is also a pre conference on ‘Open data, open methods’ from the Computational group.  Another preconference focuses on ‘Emerging Media and Social Change: The Asian-Pacific Experience in Global Context’. Indeed, several preconferences have a focus on digital media and cultures, across the globe. A very exciting preconference will be the ‘Opening Qualitative Methods Across Divisions: Collaborative Workshopping and Learning for Students, Faculty, and Teachers’ which is cosponsored by Feminist Scholarship Division, Intercultural Communication Division, Interpersonal Communication Division, Language & Social Interaction Division and Organizational Communication Division. There are many more to choose from as well, scattered among onsite, local to the Gold Coast, and in surrounding cities (Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne), beginning as early as 19 May. 


Moving to postconferences, we have themes like ‘Digital platform regulation: Beyond transparency and openness’ which is obviously tackling one of our time's most pertinent societal and academic debates. Likewise, the ‘Digital inequalities and emerging technologies’ postconference is looking very timely.


It was a pleasure reviewing the many rich, creative, interdisciplinary proposal! The pre and postconference portfolio is giving you just one more reason to come to – and to stay longer in – Australia in May. Many of these events will have their own Calls for Papers becoming available soon.

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Council of Communication Associations (CCA) 2019 Panel on Creativity

Posted By Patrice Buzzanell, ICA's Member Representative to CCA, U of South Florida, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

How do you support creative work at your institution?

At the Council of Communication Associations (CCA) panel at the International Communication Association conference held in Washington, DC, in May 2019, the discussion among panelists and audience members focused on how different industries manage, affirm, retain, support, and evaluate creative workers in scholarship and practice. 

Speakers from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) presented data and findings on CCA-funded projects on creative scholarship work and assessment in academe. Representatives from Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, noted current publishing trends and platforms to exhibit creative work including video and installations. Faculty from Shanghai Jiaotong U and Fudan U discussed Chinese evaluation systems and promotion of creatives.

Starting with BEA, Michael Bruce, Chair of CCA and Past President of BEA, and Heather Birks, Executive Director of BEA, focused on how associations and institutions of higher education can support creative scholars. BEA has the Journal of Media Education (JoME), an association-published journal with different copyright ownership mechanisms. BEA and JoME are working on author ownership and permissions, particularly how to work with materials that are copyrighted externally. As a creative scholar and journalist, Michael gets releases but not consent through Institutional Research Board (IRB) processes but stressed that one needs to know what home institutions and disciplines expect and how these expectations tie into tenure and promotion. Because of ambiguous standards, institutions, BEA, and ASJMC have worked on tenure and promotion guidelines and the creation of a single narrative that would be useful across institutions of higher education.

Toward that goal, Serena Carpenter (Michigan State U) surveyed 91 R1s and doctoral granting schools to write a CCA-funded report on what the documents say about creative scholarship. This report has been presented at AEJMC and BEA conferences. Findings indicated that the most common types (30%) of creative endeavors recognized for p&t were performances, magazine articles and creation, websites, and audio projects. Not as well recognized were software development and multimedia productions (10%). Documentaries was mentioned only 7% of the time. In terms of how one rates the recognition of creative work the practice of peer review was valued. Awards and internal letters acknowledging the quality of creative work also were important. In contract to P&T practices in more traditional academic or publishing endeavors, external reviewer letters were not quite as highly valued for creative work. Overall, creatives were evaluated in terms of national and international reputation, with supporting materials addressing impact and innovative or cutting-edge contributions.

Heather Birks said that BEA strives to insure that creative work is peer reviewed and useful for promotion. For 17 years, BEA has showcased a festival of media arts. There are different competitions for different BEA stakeholders, like faculty, that have low acceptance rates and are vetted with use of standard metrics, for awards and “Best of” competitions. As an organization, BEA is committed to helping creative members and note that many also present papers. 

Audience discussion was lively and noted that the primary criterion was that knowledge in whatever form be shared and that translational projects are essential for lessening boundaries for creative work, impact, and professional orientations. Often single authored film production cases with refereed screenings and awards are easy cases for promotion in universities. However, where teamwork is involved or someone is hired for expertise, it is harder to evaluate individual contributions. Where assessment becomes even more complicated is audio production, such as musicians, where authoring/creating is supposed to be invisible. In consulting, where faculty do proprietary work, evaluation is very difficult and confidentiality agreements are needed. Now, institutions are working with criteria for evaluation of creative and engaged scholarship. What counts—budgets, for-profit entertainment, grants, creative products of digital and other formats—are still to be determined.

Second, Jillian O’Hara, from the Routlege, Taylor & Francis Group, presented the publishers’ perspective in her talk,  “Creativity in Scholarship and Practice.” She described how creatives can use platforms to promote different kinds of research. She provided exemplars of current practices in different disciplines where authors submit video abstracts of their work, where editors negotiate for open access for special issues, where picture abstracts can be devised if photos are really important parts of the articles, where supplementary video and videolinks on Facebook can be shared, where 3D modeling is needed to display patterns, and where QR codes can be  downloaded and scanned for visual impact. She stressed that these publishing aspects are easy to implement but authors do not necessarily know that they can request. Authors and publishers use repositories, figshare, open repository of ideas, photos, and so on.


Finally, Professors Pearl Wang and Lu Xu, Shanghai Jiaotong U and Fudan U, respectively, discussed the Chinese evaluation systems and initiatives for the professoriate as well ways to interpret conversations between industry and the professoriate. Lu Xu has worked with Pearl Wang on city cultural planning and is a visiting scholar at Harvard U. She is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism at Fudan U.

In 2019 there was a new SJTU policy established to encourage scholars to take 2-3 year leaves to start new businesses. This policy echoes the national strategy of vast innovation and entrepreneurship. This strategy and policy is the first time scholars have been encouraged to start businesses based on technology and other areas of expertise. There is a new track of promotion for professors, called professorship of practice, similar to the United States model. The contributions of professors are often evaluated on quantity of papers but now there is a greater look at the quality in Chinese evaluation systems. Creativity is one of the core areas but with scope and value of creative contributions being reevaluated and expanded, assessment systems are undergoing change. Since the “Orange” (color of creativity) program was initiated by the SJTU School in 2018 there is greater openness to studying and implementing how the industry finds and evaluates creativity and prepare students more fully for cultural and creative industries. Pearl Wang presented a video that displayed how SJTU is organizing research, case studies, questionnaires, and other data gathering instruments. The questionnaire development targets leaders or management—how do they develop and evaluate creatives and creativity—and the other group is the creative job holders in cultural and creative industries. Ultimately there is interest in learning how to better design courses and develop students with interest in how to transfer individual creativity into collective creativity. For creative job holders, Pearl Wang says that we ask what kind of training courses do they want to take after being accepted into the organization. SJTU does not have any conclusions because they are still in data collection. We want 2000 samples for the group of creative job holders, for the managers the goal is to collect 500 managers.

There might not be a one-to-one match between creativity in industry and the academic world.  For people like Pearl Wang, the hope is that the academic system would change. There are two concerns—pedagogy and promotion. She introduces two pedagogies (2 credit course assigned with real cases from companies). Students deal with the real problem and come up with strategies to be tested by the companies. The entrepreneurs of the companies would work with them.  The second issue is that there are two professorship promotions patterns, both being vertical as guided by the Bureau of Education. But a parallel system is horizontal and funding from the local government, companies, and communities—but this practice-oriented route is not evaluated highly in academe. The concern is that the practice-route may be more amenable to creatives but the system does not reward this layer of creativity, meaning that the structures might impact creativity.

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Call for Blue Sky Workshops

Posted By Administrator, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

What are Blue Sky Workshops? 


Blue Sky Workshops aim to engage participants in critical discussions of current concerns within the discipline; exploration of theories, concepts, or methods; or the collective development of new research strategies or best-practice recommendations for a particular subfield of communication. These are not didactic presentations, but rather are meant to be opportunities for dialogue. Blue Skies can also be created around issues of professional development, such as writing and submitting grant proposals, developing a social media presence, or designing effective assignments.  


How do I submit a proposal for a Blue Sky Workshop? 


Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops are not bound to ICA divisions. We are accepting Blue Sky Workshops through the paper submission website (https://ica2020.abstractcentral.com/). The proposal timeline will coincide with the conference papers from 4 September - 1 November, 2019. 

Each (session) proposal should contain: 

  • a session title,  

  • the name and contact information of the proposing session chair,  

  • a brief summary of the workshop (a 75-word abstract for the conference program) as well as  

  • a longer description of the session's topic, goals, and planned schedule (up to 400 words, to be published on the ICA website).  

  • This long description should also include requirements or instructions, if there are any, for interested participants (e.g., a condition that members interested in attending must submit their own thematic statements to the session chair prior to the conference, a suggestion of what core knowledge in a field or about a method is required for productive contribution, or an invitation to bring computers for joint text production).  


If the number of valid proposals exceeds the amount of available rooms, proposals will be selected by the Conference Planner and President-Elect, Claes de Vreese. Please note that Blue Sky Workshops typically take place in smaller rooms set for 15-25 people and are not guaranteed rooms with projectors/screens.”

*Please make note that ICA cannot guarantee a particular room set (u-shape, classroom, etc.), and that audiovisual equipment WILL NOT be available in the Blue Sky rooms


Who can propose a Blue Sky Workshop? 


Anyone may propose a Blue Sky Workshop, and anyone may attend a Blue Sky Workshop. Those who plan to attend a workshop should work with the workshop chair to discuss their potential role and/or contribution. Organizers' names will appear in the online, printed, and app versions of the program. 


When are proposals due? 


Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops can be submitted through the paper submission website (https://ica2020.abstractcentral.com/) until 1 November 2019, 16:00 UTC.


If you have any questions, please contact conference@icahdq.org. 

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ICA Book Award Nominations Open!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

ICA is now accepting book nominations towards the Outstanding Book Award and Fellows Book Award! Please make note that the nomination period for the book awards is from 3 September, 2019 - 13 December, 2019. If you would like to nominate a book for either the Outstanding Book Award or Fellows Book Award for 2020, please visit our award page for the nomination links: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards

Please provide publisher contact information as requested on the nomination form, so that the ICA Conference team can reach out and coordinate book deliveries to the committee members. We will no longer accept book nominations sent to headquarters in Washington D.C. 

All other ICA Awards open 1 November, 2019 and close 31 January, 2020. For more information on all ICA Awards, please visit: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards.

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Welcome to the new ICA membership term!

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 International Communication Association (ICA) Membership term! The first of October marks the “new year” at ICA. Our goal has been to be your most valuable professional asset, and we hope we are exceeding your expectations in a professional society. 

As a reminder, the ICA membership term runs from 1 October – 30 September, with a 60-day grace period. If you have not had the chance to renew, it is not too late. Log into your ICA member profile anytime between 1 October and 1 December to renew your membership! 

What to expect this new membership term?

New this ICA membership term is the Human-Machine Communication interest group. The Human-Machine Communication joined 32 existing division and interest groups when it was approved as interest group supports and promotes scholarship regarding communication between people and technologies designed to enact the role of communicator. To join, select this Interest Group during your ICA membership renewal transaction.

Why should you renew your membership?

“ICA’s sheer breadth makes it an ideal intellectual home for all corners of the discipline. Whether through our leading journals, our annual conference or our growing array of regional conferences, students and senior scholars alike can grow, collaborate, and find answers to ever-evolving questions.”

-Patricia Moy, ICA President, 2018-2019

Renewing your membership now will prevent a lapse in your ICA member benefits. ICA membership is not prorated, and so renewing after 1 December will limit how long you have access to ICA member benefits. 

ICA member benefits include:

  • Online access to ICA’s six journals

  • Networking opportunities

  • Service opportunities in leadership roles

  • Voting privileges

  • Discounted conference registration

  • Discounted CIOS membership

  • ICA travel grant eligibility, and more!

Thank you to all 4,972 members of ICA across 84 different countries. We hope you will renew your membership and join us again in this new membership term. 

ICA Mission Statement:

The International Communication Association aims to advance the scholarly study of human communication by encouraging and facilitating excellence in academic research worldwide. The purposes of the Association are to: (1) Provide an international forum to enable the development, conduct, and critical evaluation of communication research; (2) Facilitate inclusiveness and debate among scholars from diverse national and cultural backgrounds and from multi-disciplinary perspectives on communication-related issues; (3) Promote a wider public interest in, and visibility of, the theories, methods, findings and applications generated by research in communication and allied fields; and (4) Sustain a program of high quality scholarly publication and knowledge exchange that enhances the public good, including consideration of how our scholarship can be used in socially responsible ways, meet social needs, and be broadly accessible.

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Student Column-How to Write and Submit a Conference Paper

Posted By Grazia Murtarelli (U IULM & Member of SECAC), Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Will this be the first time you’ll submit a paper for an ICA Annual Conference? Here are some tips and suggestions for new graduate students to write and submit a conference paper.

  1. Read the Call for Papers!

The first mistake to avoid is to submit a paper that is not focused on the Conference Theme. For the next year, the 70th Annual ICA Conference encourages and fosters the conversation about Open Science in the field of communication. If you are interested in submitting a conference paper for ICA 2020, please read carefully the ICA Conference Theme Call for Papers. It usually includes a list of key questions to address that could be helpful in order to guide your submission process. 

Have you read the Call for Papers and you are still interested in submitting a conference paper? That’s a great news. What you need to do is to select your Division or Interest Group to submit. Each ICA Division has published specific submission guidelines illustrating how to explore and feature the conference theme. If you are not sure about how to find a right Division and Interest Group, please do not hesitate to contact the chair for any questions (Eike Mark Rinke, Conference Theme Chair, e.m.rinke@leeds.ac.uk; Claes de Vreese, Conference Program Chair, c.h.devreese@uva.nl)

Do you think to not have something ready and coherent with the Conference Theme? Do not worry! As always, papers, panels and posters that apply to general communication topics are welcome. 

  1. Define the type of contribution you want to submit!

Please remind that papers, panels and posters are not the same! Several categories may be accepted at the ICA conferences. Full papers, for instance, are single documents of maximum length 8,000 words, not including tables and references and they are usually submitted when your research is completed. If your research is in progress and you have planned to complete it before the Annual ICA Conference, maybe it could be better to submit an Extended Abstract, if your Divisions and Interest Groups will accept it. Extended abstracts are usually up to 2500 words that summarizes research design and preliminary results. 

You also have the opportunity to submit an interactive paper, that is a paper that you could present at an interactive poster session (they usually have plenary status at ICA conferences). That means you will be required to prepare a poster display of your research for presentation at the conference. Finally, most Divisions and Interest Groups accept proposals for organized panel sessions, that are based on roundtable proposals. 

Some Divisions and Interest Groups recognize Top Student Papers every year. Don’t miss the chance to win the award!

  1. Exploit the ICA Conference as a big opportunity for producing research paper!

Submitting your contribution could represent a first step for achieving a publication. This is due to the high-quality reviews you will receive from ICA scholars. ICA uses peer review for conference submissions, with about a 44% acceptance rate. Using the conference paper submission deadline could be also an extra motivation to produce a research paper.

You will receive relevant observation and feedback useful to improve your research. If your submission will be accepted, you can integrate such observations in the paper and submit a final version to the conference. During the conference you will have the opportunity to present your research, to talk with expert scholars, and meet your peers with whom it could be possible to activate cooperative mechanisms that are really appreciated by editorial committees. If your submission isn’t accepted, you can use the feedback and comments for improving your work or for changing perspective of analysis. In any case it is a win-win situation!

We are waiting for your contributions and for any questions, doubts or information do not hesitate to contact your Student Representative or to contact us at SECAC. 


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