2020 ECD Call for Gold Coast, Australia
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Environmental Communication Division Conference Call for Papers - For Gold Coast ICA 2020

Jonathon P. Schuldt, Vice Chair
Associate Professor of Communication
Cornell University
Phone: (607) 255-1543
E-mail: jps56@cornell.edu

The Environmental Communication (EC) Division invites high-quality submissions situated at the interface of the natural environment and human communication at any level of analysis (interpersonal, group, inter-group, organizational, mass, global). Topics can include: visual, aural, and textual representations of the natural environment in media and popular culture; political communication of environmental issues; environment and civic engagement; green marketing and campaigns; public opinion on environmental issues; environmental rhetoric and discourse; and the role of communication technologies in environmental outcomes. Research on health, risk, and science communication issues related to the environment is also germane.

In line with the 2020 ICA theme “Open Communication,” we especially welcome submissions that speak to the value of transparency in environmental communication scholarship. This may include papers that engage with one or more of the “best practices” of the Open Science movement, such as making data and instruments available to the scholarly community, preregistration of study hypotheses and analytic approaches, and collaborating openly with scholars who share different perspectives and diverse approaches to knowledge. It may also include work that engages with open access data and information, and/or considers its implications for communication, the environment, or broader social or civic processes. 


More generally, we welcome work from any disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological focus motivated by meaningful research questions or hypotheses in environmental communication. More details about our Division’s mission are available on our website: http://www.icahdq.org/group/envirocomm and Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/290772487977547/?fref=ts 


We welcome the following types of submissions:

  1. FULL PAPERS. Submissions will be accepted with a maximum 8,000 words plus tables, charts, and references, 10-point type minimum. Papers must also include on the cover page as well as in the electronic submission 2-4 topical keywords and at least one method keyword. Please remove all information that may identify the author(s). IMPORTANT: Papers lacking keywords or containing identifying information will *not* undergo review (we will have to reject the paper). 
  2. PANEL PROPOSALS. Include a justification (maximum of 400 words) explaining the importance of the topic, panelists’ names and background, and abstracts for each paper (150 words per paper). Also include a 75-word panel description for the conference program. Each panel can contain up to five papers. Space for panel proposals is very limited. Successful panels will likely be those that encourage racial, ethnic, or geographic diversity in the discipline; mentor junior scholars; promote graduate student research projects; or, explore novel or emerging areas of research. 

The EC Division especially encourages participation from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Due to the competitive nature of having papers accepted in the EC Division, an individual can appear as author or coauthor in a maximum of 2 submissions. This includes both full-length papers and panel proposals. Submit papers and panel proposals electronically via ICA’s paper submission website. Deadline: 16:00 UTC (12:00 US Eastern Standard Time) on 1 November 2019.


Top faculty and student papers will receive recognition awards at the EC Division’s Business Meeting. Some travel funding awards are available. To be eligible, student authors must indicate their status (see the EC Division web site, http://www.icahdq.org/group/envirocomm). In addition, see the full ICA 2020 Theme CFP


  1. In fairness to everyone, all authors and co-authors of submitted proposals are expected to volunteer as a reviewer. To do so, simply please click “Volunteer to be a Reviewer” on the ICA paper submission site at the time of submitting your papers (Deadline: 16:00 UTC on November 1, 2019). Be sure to update your research interests in your 200-word ICA member profile and select 3-5 keywords that describe your subfield and your methodological and theoretical orientations. The EC Division makes reviewer assignments based on your profile and keywords. Once you are approved as a reviewer, you will be assigned 3-5 papers based on your research areas. Please try your best to provide qualitative comments in addition to quantitative feedback.

  2. The division is also seeking session chairs. Should you be interested in chairing any sessions, please indicate so in the “Volunteer” section of the ICA paper submission site. 

If you have any questions about the ICA 2020 Environmental Communication Division submission process, please contact Jonathon P. Schuldt, the EC Division Vice Chair at jps56@cornell.edu