Computational Methods Division

Conference Call for Papers

Annie Waldherr, Vice Chair and 2020 Planner
 Universität Münster



The Computational Methods Division welcomes submissions that further the understanding, development and application of computational methods in communication research. Computational methods include (but are not limited to) methods such as text analysis, social/semantic network analysis, online experiments, machine learning, visual analysis and agent-based modeling and simulations. Computational methods can be applied to “big data” and social media or (online) behavior data, but can also be used to provide a more sophisticated understanding of “small data” or for theoretical explorations. 

Submissions should utilize computational methods to build theory about, quantify, analyze, or visualize communication structures and processes. 

In particular, we welcome submissions on:

This division encourages collaboration with other ICA divisions, and we encourage scholars to submit methods papers to our division that complement work they are submitting to other divisions. 

In addition to traditional  paper sessions, we will organize hybrid high-density (HHD) sessions both for regular papers and for tool/software demonstrations. If you submit a tool demonstration, please start your submission with the words “Tool Demo:”. Please note: Due to space limitations, in all HHD session authors may present their paper or tool on their own laptop rather than on traditional posters. 

Three types of submissions are accepted: 1) full papers, 2) extended abstracts, and 3) panel proposals. Papers should be no longer than 35 double-spaced pages, including tables, figures, references cited, and notes. Extended abstracts should be 1,000-2,000 words (excluding references), and may include figures and screenshots. We encourage all submissions to include source code and/or data. Panel proposals require a 400-word rationale for the panel and a 150 word abstract from each panel participant. Only full papers are eligible for top paper awards. 

Note: All first authors will by default be asked to review submissions unless they specifically opt out. Submissions may not be published, in press, or under review anywhere else until after being submitted to ICA. In preparing submissions, please remove all author information from the manuscript to facilitate the double-blind review process. Submissions not following these instructions will be rejected without review.