Communication & Technology Division

Conference Call for Papers


Conference Call for Papers

Caleb T. Carr, Vice-Chair and 2020 Planner

School of Communication

Illinois State University



The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division is concerned with the role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in human communication processes. It is committed to enhancing theory and methodology pertaining to the adoption, use, applications, effects, and the psychological, social, and policy implications of ICTs. 

Areas of research include computer-mediated communication, new media, social media, augmented and virtual reality, technology studies, big data, crowdsourcing, privacy, digital news, crisis, and other technologically-mediated social interaction and networking at all levels of analysis (intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, organizational, national, and international).

The CAT Division is open to all methodological orientations (e.g., experimental, survey, computational, discursive, cultural, critical, historical, legal). Consistent with the open science theme of the 2020 meeting of the ICA, the CAT division supports the ideas of open science and appreciates authors’ efforts to make their research as transparent and comprehensible as possible, encouraging scholars to engage in preregistered studies, making study materials and data openly available, or engage in further activities that make the research more accessible to others.

CAT invites papers and panel session proposals that make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with a focus on the technology itself within the context of human communication. Papers in which technology is not the focus or is only included as a method of data collection (e.g., data collected via an online survey) are not a good fit for CAT.

Submission Format

For the Denver, Colorado, USA conference, CAT will accept three types of submissions: Full papers, extended abstracts, and panel session proposals. Submissions exceeding the word limits, incorrectly formatted (e.g., not blinded) or failing to follow ICA rules of submission will be rejected without review.

We select reviewers based on paper title, abstract, and the keywords used when submitting the paper as well as those in the paper itself.  Please be as descriptive as possible and include information about theory, method/approach, and topic area so that appropriate reviewers can be identified.

Full Papers

Full-length scholarly papers should be completed papers with no more than 25 double-spaced pages for the body of the paper (excluding abstract, tables, figures, endnotes, and references) using standard 1-inch/2.54-cm margins and 12-point font. Preferably manuscripts should be prepared in APA-7 style. Work already published or accepted for publication may not be submitted. 

Paper authors are expected to conceal their identity from reviewers (e.g., no names on title page, no names in file properties, and appropriate concealment). If citing your own work, be sure to use the 3rd person to keep the paper anonymous or replace paper author names with “AUTHOR” in text and bibliography. If ALL of the authors are students, then it should be designated a student paper in the submission process and it is eligible for the student paper awards. CAT recognizes four Top Papers and four Top Student Papers. 

Extended Abstracts

Submitted extended abstracts are not to exceed 1,000 words (excluding references). Extended abstracts should present in a concise way the purpose of the paper, main theoretical framework/assumptions and, if applicable, research methods and preliminary and/or expected findings. Extended abstracts should clearly state the contribution of the paper to CAT scholarship. Submitters must delete all identifying information before submitting an extended abstract. Authors must include the words “Extended Abstract” on their title page and in their paper title when entering it into the ICA submission site (e.g., Extended Abstract: Paper title). Extended abstracts are only eligible for the CAT poster session. Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters during the scheduled sessions and authors should bring a poster or visual aid (e.g., tablet or laptop; please be aware of conference venue limitations re: WiFi and/or access to power sources) to the conference. Extended abstracts submissions are not eligible for top paper awards, but CAT does give a top poster award annually.

All accepted extended abstracts will be presented as posters if CAT is allocated sufficient slots; otherwise they will be presented in high density sessions. All accepted full-length papers will be presented in paper sessions, including high density sessions. 

Panel Proposals

In addition to full papers and extended abstracts, CAT welcomes panel session proposals in which panelists and audience members discuss and debate issues. Panel proposals require a 400-word rationale for the panel and a 150-word abstract from each panel participant.

Note ICA’s rules for submitting panel proposals, which should:

Volunteer to Review

Consistent the new ICA-wide policy, all submitters to CAT will be automatically added as reviewers for the division. However, as CAT routinely receives a large number of submissions, we need a large number of volunteer reviewers. Typically, three reviewers rate each paper; and we encourage all CAT members and doctoral students to volunteer to review submissions, which you can do in the ICA submission site at the time of submission. If there are extenuating circumstances preventing you from reviewing, please contact Caleb at All reviewers will be asked to complete a reviewer survey which collects information about reviewer expertise. The survey will be emailed to CAT members and volunteer reviewers. To match reviewers with submissions, be sure you update your ICA member profile’s 200-word description of your research interests. We try to make reviewer assignments based on your research interests stated in your membership profile. However, if you do not have the time to write even a few words explaining the rationale for your score, please do NOT review for CAT.

Volunteer for Session Chairs

Scholars interested in chairing sessions should indicate their interest in the volunteer section of the submission web pages or email CAT planner. Preference will be given to those who indicate they will attend the conference regardless of paper status.

Questions or Suggestions

If you have any questions about the ICA 2021 CAT submission process, or have other questions or suggestions, please send email to the CAT 2021 program planner and Vice-Chair: Caleb T. Carr at with the words “ICA CAT” in the subject line.