Mobile Communication & Interest Group

Conference Call for Papers

The Mobile Communication Interest Group focuses on mobility and the social consequences of mobile communication. Thus, the interest group is at the intersection of mobility, technology, social structure, and culture in human communication. Scholarship includes a wide array of perspectives and approaches in communication studies. This ranges from historical perspectives to studies on future media innovations, from ethnographic to quantitative empirical approaches, and from journalism studies to media effects research. The common ground of the Interest Group is state-of-the-art analysis and theorizing in regards to mobile communication and its social consequences.

The Interest Group welcomes papers on the contents, effects and social consequences of mobile communication. This can include themes such as mHealth, mLearning, journalism, entertainment, political mobilization, mobile communication and gender, wearables, location-based services, tracking devices and other emerging technologies, mobile social media, mobile communication in developing countries, the history of mobile media, as well as general theoretical and methodological advances in the study of mobile communication. This list is far from exhaustive and is provided only as an indication of the scope of inquiry welcomed by the Interest Group. We encourage the submission of papers and proposals using a wide array of theoretical and methodological approaches.

Submissions

For sessions at the main ICA conference, the Mobile Communication Interest Group welcomes several types of submissions:

Full-length papers for standard sessions

(1 chair, 4 papers)

Maximum length is 8,000 words plus tables and references. Use APA 6th edition format for all elements of the paper. All manuscripts need to have complete blinding of authorship.

Accepted papers will be scheduled in traditional research presentation sessions (featuring oral presentations 10-12 minutes in length)

Extended abstracts for High-Density Sessions 

(1 chair, 7 papers)

Target word length is 1500-2000 words plus tables and references. Use APA 6th edition format for all elements of the paper. All manuscripts need to have complete blinding of authorship.

Accepted papers will be scheduled in high-density sessions (featuring shorter oral presentations 6-7 minutes in length).

Thematic panels

(1 chair, 4 papers)

Panels offer a more open presentation format where a group of scholars can collaborate on a proposal that will take up an entire 75-minute session and include four papers on a specific theme. The session can also include a chair/discussant.

Each proposal should have a 400-word summary (indicating the panel’s goals, topics of discussion, and contribution to mobile communication studies) plus a 250 word abstract for each paper. Proposals should include a mix of genders, institutions, and countries represented.

Panel submissions to Mobile Communication are encouraged to evoke the broader ICA conference theme of Open Communication in their proposals. 

Please note that panel proposals should have international representation, gender balance, and no more than one contributor from a single faculty, department or school

Research Escalator Session

(6 – 8 papers/abstracts and 6 – 8 matched respondents) 

The research escalator session is a chance for scholars with a less developed research idea to be matched with an established discussant to help flesh out the idea. The goal of the session is to help develop the paper idea into a future conference submission or a journal manuscript. These sessions are often an opportunity for emerging researchers to gain insight from more experienced researchers. 

Those interested in participating should submit an extended abstract of up to 1000 words. The successful applicants will be matched with mentors. It is expected that a more fully developed version of the paper will be sent to the mentor 6 weeks prior to the conference (i.e. mid-April) such that they can review the piece.

During the research escalator session, the submitters will make a flash (2 minutes, no slides) presentation of their idea to the whole group and then spend the bulk of the session in discussion with their mentors for one-on-one interaction. At the end of the session, the whole group will reassemble and the mentees will summarize the new directions gleaned from the session. 

To get a sense of these sessions please take a look at the video produced by the Children Adolescence and Media session at https://youtu.be/Pypa_EYuGG8

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.

Important points for all submissions:

The Mobile Communication Interest Group is transparent about how it allocates papers to sessions: Those who wish to present in a standard four-paper session can submit full papers.

ICA will send acceptance/rejection notices to submitters by mid-January 2020.

Proposals should touch on one or more topics relevant to the Interest Group and address the conference theme (Open Communication). 

All submissions to the main conference can ONLY be made electronically via the ICA conference website. There will be an opportunity to note special needs regarding the submission

Review process

Peer reviewers will evaluate submissions based on the criteria of:

It is clear that there is a need for reviewers for the submissions. Please note that sending in a submission places you in the pool of reviewers for the Mobile Communication Interest Group. Within ICA’s paper management system (ScholarOne where you submit papers) please fill in your areas of expertise and check the keywords that best describe your interests. We will use the keywords to match submissions with reviewer interests so that each paper is reviewed by appropriate scholars.

 Top paper award

The Interest Group will present a top paper award. Four full-length papers that receive the highest numeric score from peer reviewers will be placed in the Top Papers session. From these four papers, the Awards Committee will select the top paper and the award certificate will be presented during the Interest Group’s business meeting.

Top student paper award (the winner receives an ICA conference fee waiver)

The Interest Group will present a top student paper award. Papers that have student-only authorship will be eligible for this award. The four full-length student-authored papers that receive the highest numeric score from peer reviewers will be sent to the Awards Committee for review. From these four papers, the Awards Committee will select the top paper and the first/sole author of the winning paper will receive a registration waiver for the ICA annual meeting. The winning paper will receive an award certificate, presented during the Interest Group’s business meeting. Note: If you are interested in having your paper considered for this award, be sure to note the status of the author(s) in the submission so that the papers can be correctly identified. 

Please direct any questions to:

Rich Ling, Chair, Mobile Communication Interest Group

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information 

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

Email: rili[at]ntu[dot]edu[dot]sg