Health Communication Division

Conference Call for Papers

Lourdes S. Martinez, Vice Chair School of Communication,

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182

Phone: 657-223-3122


The Health Communication Division is committed to excellence in research on both the development and the application of theory to health communication problems. Communicating about health takes place intra-individually, interpersonally, within groups and networks, in health care organizations, in policymaking forums, in the mass media, online, within and between institutions, and in society as a whole. Though we encourage theory-based work, we also value applied and engaged scholarship that pushes traditional theoretical and empirical boundaries in the field. The division recognizes the value of multiple methodologies and accepts scholarly work conducted from a wide range of paradigmatic perspectives. 

The division accepts three types of submissions: (1) full papers, (2) extended abstracts, and (3) panel sessions. 

Guidelines for Submitting Full Papers 

Full papers should be no more than 25 double-spaced pages for the body of the paper (excluding abstract, tables, figures, endnotes, and references) using standard 1-inch margins and 12-point font. The entire manuscript (including tables, figures, and bibliography) should be prepared in accordance with the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Papers already published or accepted for publication may not be submitted. Papers submitted should be fully blinded. Before uploading your paper, remove all author identification from the document including the name of the file and any file properties. Submissions that are not fully blinded will be desk-rejected. Please upload a single PDF file of your paper (including tables, figures, and references) by the deadline. 

Guidelines for Submitting Extended Abstracts 

The goal for extended abstracts is to present and discuss current research where data has already been collected. At least some preliminary analyses should be conducted to provide a first review of results. Abstracts are not appropriate for exclusively methodological or theoretical papers without any empirical findings. Extended abstracts are limited to 600 words (references, tables & figures do not count against this total), and should clearly state the contribution of the work to health communication scholarship. Abstracts submitted should be fully blinded. In general, extended abstracts will be paneled in high density sessions or as interactive paper presentations (posters) and are not eligible for top paper awards. Please upload a single PDF file of your paper (including tables, figures, and references) by the deadline. 

Guidelines for Submitting Panel Proposals 

Panel sessions are intended to stimulate public discussions about major themes or core challenges to health communication theory, research, and/or practice with the goal of making 

progress on that front. The topic chosen should have broad appeal to the membership; this should not be a collection of 4-5 papers grouped together by a common theme. Very few panel proposals can be accepted, therefore it is important to clearly articulate the added value of the proposed panel. Panel proposals should include: (1) descriptive title of the session; (2) description of the session in 75 words or less; (3) 400 word panel rationale (i.e., significance of topic to the field and potential for advancing theory, research, and/or practice); (4) names and affiliations of all presenters; and (5) a title and 150-word abstract from each presenter. IMPORTANT: ICA rules also require that panel proposals should: (a) include contributions from at least two different countries, (b) feature gender balance, and (c) include not more than one contributor from a single faculty, department or school. Only panel proposals that meet these criteria will be considered. 

General Submission Guidelines 

All submissions must be completed online using the ScholarOne system and following ICA guidelines. During the submission process of papers or extended abstracts, you will be asked to provide the title of the paper, the author(s), and a 150-word abstract. If the first or all authors are students, be sure to check the appropriate box. For sole-authored papers, please also indicate if the author is a junior scholar (within 3 years of graduating with a doctoral degree). Next, you will be asked to select a primary and two additional keywords from the Health Communication Division’s keywords list. It is VERY important that you select keywords that best identify your work in terms of content, methodology, and specific population or health condition that this work targets (e.g., “message design”, “Methods: Experimental Research”, and “tobacco”). Keep in mind that keywords such as “health communication”, “mass media”, and “effects” 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. As part of the submission process this year, authors will also be asked to confirm they have considered the diversity of the works they cite and connection of their scholarship to broader societal impact. 

Each paper/proposal may be submitted to only one Division or Interest Group, OR to the theme sessions. Submission of the same paper/proposal to more than one division is not permitted, and will disqualify the paper. You are welcome, however, to submit more than one submission to the Health Communication Division. However, only ONE first-authored submission will be accepted for presentation in this division. If you submit more than one first-authored submission that receives high reviewer scores, we will ask you to choose only one to present at the conference. It is expected that at least one author of an accepted submission will abide by the professional expectation of presenting the work, no matter what the format (oral or poster). 

All submissions must adhere 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 by the deadline. 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. To reach the conference website, go to the ICA home page at and follow the link for Conference Submission. If you have questions after reading carefully this call for papers and the instructions on the ICA website, please email the Program Planner & Vice-Chair, Lourdes Martinez, at

Call for Reviewers (please read carefully) 

The Health Communication Division routinely receives a very large number of submissions (more than 450 in recent years) and we need a large number of volunteer reviewers to meet the goal of having each submission reviewed and rated by three qualified reviewers without overburdening our members. We therefore strongly encourage all faculty members and graduate students in ABD (all but dissertation) status – particularly those who submit a paper or an extended abstract to the Health Communication Division – to volunteer to review submissions. The Division recognizes this important service each year with a Top Reviewer Award. 

All reviewers must be registered with the ScholarOne paper submission website to be able to review and rate submissions. If you did not previously register with the ScholarOne website (which is different than the ICA website), you will be asked to create an account. As part of the registration process, you will have an option to volunteer to be a reviewer (please check “Yes”), and then to select the Division or Interest Group(s) for which you would like to review (please add the Health Communication Division). Next, select from the list provided at least three keywords that best represent your area of expertise and which will be used to match you with the most relevant submissions given your expertise. Again, please select keywords that best identify your expertise in terms of content, methodology, and health topic (e.g., “campaigns”, “Methods: Observational Studies”, and “cancer”). Keep in mind that keywords such as “health communication” are too general and therefore not particularly helpful. 

IMPORTANT: you may elect to be a reviewer for more than one division, but you should be aware that doing so will likely increase the number of submissions you will be asked to review in total (which is not a problem if you like to review). If you decide to review for another division, please be sure to rank reviewing for the Health Communication Division as your top (#1) priority and also review and accept your reviewer assignments for the Division first, before accepting any additional assignments from other divisions.