Children, Adolescents, and the Media Division 

Conference Call for Papers

Nicole Martins, Program Planner

Indiana University

Media School

601 E. Kirkwood Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47405

Phone: 812-855-7720


The Children, Adolescents, and the Media (CAM) Division welcomes submissions that concern the role of media in the lives of children and adolescents. Thank you for considering the CAM Division as you submit your work to this conference.

CAM aims to cover all media and technologies aimed at and/or used by young people, (generally birth through late teens), as well as the contextual issues surrounding this selection and use. CAM’s orientation is interdisciplinary. It seeks to contribute to communication theory, and also to psychological, sociological, and critical theories. CAM’s approach is multi-methodological. It welcomes all theoretical and empirical studies based on quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Submission Procedure

During the submission process, you will be asked to enter keywords representing your manuscript. It is VERY important for you to choose the right keywords for your submission as these keywords are used to select reviewers for your submission. There is a wide range of keywords in the submission website. Please take a moment to select keywords that best identify your work –in terms of content and methodology. Keep in mind that keywords such as “children”, “adolescents”, “media” will not be particularly helpful in delineating your work from others. The more specific you can be, the better the match between reviewer and submission. 

Session Structures

As we have done in previous years, CAM will continue its process of diversifying the structure of presentation sessions. Below are the detailed descriptions of the FOUR types of sessions that CAM will be assembling in Washington. 

  1. Traditional Paper Sessions

In these sessions, presenters prepare a presentation of their manuscript. A total of 4-5 thematically-similar presentations are planned (roughly 10-12 minutes per presentation) along with a respondent (approximately 5 minutes per session). The respondent will be asked to respond to the content of each paper and connect the papers to one another and to the broader field. 

Only completed papers within the ICA limit of 25 pages (excluding references and tables; with 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins) will be considered. CAM does not accept extended abstracts for our competitive traditional paper sessions. ALL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUTHOR MUST BE REMOVED OR PAPERS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Please note: Papers submitted for consideration in the traditional sessions will also be considered for the hybrid high density sessions described below, as well as the conference-wide ICA Interactive Poster Display Session.

  1. Hybrid High Density Session

In the Hybrid High Density Session, anywhere between 6 and 8 thematically-linked papers are planned. 

The format based on feedback from our members will be the Power Roundtable Sessions.

For Power Roundtable Sessions, presenters are asked to give a 6-minute pitch of their work to the full room.  Presenters may choose to use PowerPoint (maximum of 10 slides) for their pitch, but this is not required. Then, after all presenters deliver their pitch, the session changes to a discussion session whereby presenters can engage in small group discussions at assigned tables.    

A digital “poster” should be used to augment the sessions. Specifically, presenters are expected to offer an abbreviated poster, slides, or infographic on their personal laptop/touchscreen device, or to provide hand-outs to attendees at tables. Posters affixed to an upright wall or structure will not be permitted. 

As with the traditional paper sessions, only completed papers within the ICA limit of 25 pages (excluding references and tables; with 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins) will be considered for our Hybrid High Density Sessions. CAM does not accept extended abstracts for our competitive HHD paper sessions. ALL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUTHOR MUST BE REMOVED OR PAPERS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Papers submitted for consideration in the HHD sessions will also be considered for the traditional sessions described above, as well as the conference-wide ICA Interactive Poster Display Session.

  1. Panel Sessions

In addition to paper submissions, CAM welcomes panel proposals. Panel proposals should include a title, a description that can be included in the program (max. 75 words), format (traditional, hybrid high density, high density), and a rationale for the overall panel (max. 400 words) as well as abstracts of each participant’s contribution (max. 150 words each). Additionally, panel proposals should:  1) include contributions from at least TWO different countries; 2) feature gender balance; and 3) include not more than one contributor for a single faculty, department or school.  PANEL PROPOSALS MUST INCLUDE THE NAMES, RANKS, AFFILIATIONS, AND CONTACT INFORMATION OF ALL PARTICIPANTS. All submissions will be judged based on Division relevance, theoretical significance, research quality, contribution of findings, and quality of writing. A CAM panel selection committee will read all panel submissions and rank and discuss them. Panels may follow the traditional (presentation + respondent) or hybrid high density format (presentation + digital “poster”; described above). In addition, it is possible to propose a high density panel in which short presentations are complemented with a round-table discussion (no “poster”).

  1. Research Escalator Sessions

Research Escalator Sessions provide scholars an opportunity for less developed research to be presented and discussed (with the goal of making the paper ready for submission to a conference or journal) with experts in the field. In the years since CAM has launched the RE sessions, numerous submitters have indeed gone on to publish their scholarship – noting the benefits of the RE sessions in helping move the work forward.  

Those interested in the Research Escalator session should submit an extended abstract (500-600 words) of their paper. This abstract will be reviewed by up to 3 potential mentors (more advanced CAM scholars with expertise in the field and/or your paper topic). If your abstract is selected for mentorship, you will be expected to send the most recent version of your paper to your mentor 6 weeks prior to the conference so that s/he has sufficient time to review your piece. 

During the conference, time will be set aside specifically for the research escalator sessions. Submitters will meet with their mentors in one-on-one mentorship meetings to discuss their feedback on the submission (audience members are welcome and encouraged to attend these conversations as well). At the end of the session, all regroup and submitters will give a short “recap” of new directions/goals as well as highlight the main points they took away from their mentorship sessions. To get a feel for these sessions, be sure to check out our video online -

Anyone can submit an abstract for the CAM Research Escalator sessions; however, we especially encourage graduate students, junior faculty, and/or people inexperienced with the journal publishing process to submit to this session. Please note: On the first page of the extended abstract, please make a note: CONSIDER FOR RESEARCH ESCALATOR SESSION.  Also, if you have a preferred mentor or would like a mentor with a specific type of expertise (e.g., methodological expertise), please note this on the first page of the extended abstract. 


CAM recognizes the Top Division Papers, including a Top Student-led Paper. Papers accepted for traditional sessions and hybrid high density sessions will be considered for our top faculty papers and top student-led paper. Awards will be presented at the annual business meeting. Top ranked papers will be pooled, read carefully by all members of the CAM paper awards committee, and re-ranked and discussed for award consideration. To be eligible for the top student-led paper, student authors must indicate their status: PLEASE IDENTIFY your paper as a student-led paper (student must be first author) when submitting it through the ICA submission system, not within the body of the paper itself.

Attendance Requirement

Any submission you make comes with the professional expectation that you will present that work as a registered attendee at the conference if it is accepted by the Division.


CAM adheres to the submission deadlines set by ICA. Please refer to the ICA website for exact deadlines. Early submissions are strongly encouraged. Submitters can withdraw or edit their submissions until November. Note: If your paper is accepted for presentation at ICA, you will have an opportunity to submit a revised version of your paper prior to the conference. 

Publication or Presentation History

If material in your presentation has been presented or submitted for publication/presentation elsewhere, this MUST BE DISCLOSED on the cover page of your submission. Work that is already published or accepted for publication prior to submission is ineligible. Failure to properly disclose presentation or publication history will lead to disqualification. 

Reviewers Needed!

As CAM routinely receives a large number of submissions, we need a large number of volunteer reviewers. Typically, three reviewers rate each paper. We encourage all faculty members and graduate students to volunteer to review submissions. In addition to your service, you will gain early access to the latest findings in the field. Once we qualify you as a reviewer, we assign you papers based on your research areas. If you are willing to review for the CAM Division, please check your email for a link to the CAM Reviewer Survey.  

In addition, be sure to review and update your ICA member profile’s 200-word description of your research interests and, most importantly, carefully select KEYWORDS that best describe your methodological, theoretical, and subfield. We make reviewer assignments based on searches of this content using keywords from the paper submissions. 

Finally, if you are willing to serve on any of the awards’ committees (top paper, panel selection, top dissertation, senior scholar), please email Nicole Martins ( with your contact information and interest.  


If you have any questions or suggestions, please send an email to CAM program planner Nicole Martins at