Mobile Communication Interest Group

CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPER

Colin Agur, Chair
U of Minnesota
School of Journalism
206 Church St. SE,
Room 338 Murphy Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: +1-612-626-5528
E-mail: cpagur@umn.edu

The Mobile Communication Interest Group focuses on the phenomenon of mobility in communication – thus being placed at the intersection of mobility, technology, and culture in human communication. While including a wide array of perspectives and approaches in communication scholarship from historical perspectives to studies on future media innovations, from ethnographic to quantitative empirical approaches, from journalism studies to media effects research the common ground of the Interest Group is state-of-the-art theorizing of mobile communication as well as rigorous methodology.

 

The Interest Group welcomes papers on topics involving uses, contents, social consequences  and effects of mobile communication in various forms and contexts 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, and 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 three types of submissions:


  1. Full-length papers for Standard Paper Sessions (1 chair, 4 papers)

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


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

 

2.   Extended abstracts for High-Density Sessions (1 chair, 7 papers)


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


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


3.   Thematic panels (1 chair, 4 papers)


In submission options #1 (traditional) and #2 (extended abstract), accepted papers are placed with others in sessions that address a shared topic or theme. Panels offer a different type of presentation format. Working collaboratively, groups of scholars craft a proposal that will take up an entire 75 minute session and include four papers and 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.


Proposals should touch on one or more topics relevant to the Interest Group and address the conference theme (Communication Beyond Boundaries). For panel submissions to Mobile Communication, this might include physical/geographic, technical, socio-economic, cultural, or other types of boundaries. Topically, panels might examine phenomena such as mobile journalism, health, education, politics, gender, age, identity, or other aspects of life in which mobile technology plays a role.


Review process


Reviewers will evaluate submissions based on five criteria:


Reviewers will also give an overall recommendation on acceptance versus rejection.


ICA will send acceptance/rejection notices to submitters by mid-January 2019.


The Interest Group needs reviewers for paper submissions. Please consider volunteering for this important service to our scholarly community. Within ICA’s paper management system (where you submit papers) you will find a link labeled “Volunteer to be a Reviewer”. Click on this link and fill in your information. Under “qualification”, please let us know 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 papers that receive the highest numeric score from peer reviewers will compose 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 a ICA conference fee waiver)


The Interest Group will present a top student paper award. Eligibility: any paper whose author or authors are current students or doctoral researchers. Four 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 author of the winning paper will receive a waiver for the ICA annual meeting. The award certificate will be presented during the Interest Group’s business meeting.