Public Diplomacy Interest Group


James Pamment, Vice-Chair
Lund U, Sweden

Alina Dolea, Chair
Bournemouth U, United Kingdom

The aim of the Public Diplomacy Interest Group is to bring together scholars investigating topics related to public diplomacy, nation branding, country image and reputation, public relations for and of nations, as well as political, and global and intercultural communication that influences international relations. It seeks to gather all perspectives, research methods, methodological approaches, and theories including critical approaches, and to encourage dialogue and debate on these growing interdisciplinary topics.

Public diplomacy involves engagement across boundaries: whether those boundaries are national, cultural, social or ideological. In line with this year’s conference theme, the theme for this call for papers is: “Public diplomacy across boundaries." Since public diplomacy is a rapidly-evolving interdisciplinary field, we invite contributions to reflect on the theme, but submissions that address other aspects of public diplomacy, such as theoretical and conceptual advancements, current challenges, measurement instruments and evaluation, are also invited. We encourage papers with institutional, geographical and/or national diversity. We welcome original submissions of full length complete research papers, extended abstract and panel proposals. Preference will be given to complete research papers and panel proposals.  

2019 Submission Guidelines:

1. Full length completed research papers (6,000-8,000 words, excluding references and tables). Papers must not have been previously presented, scheduled for presentation, accepted for publication, or published.   

2. Extended abstracts (2,500-3,000 words, excluding references) with a full paper submitted till 30.03.2019. Extended abstracts are intended for work in progress, offering the opportunity to present on-going research that has not yet reached completion at the time of the submission deadline. 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 results. Extended abstracts should clearly state the contribution of the paper for public diplomacy theory and practice. 

3. Panel proposals should focus on current tendencies, debates and/ or controversies in current research and practice of public diplomacy. Panel proposals comprise 4-5 authors and should include: 1) a 450-word (max) rationale for the panel, 2) a 350-word (max) abstract of each participant’s presentation, 3) Names of panel participants (including a designated respondent if relevant for the panel format), 4) Name of panel chair/organizer (usually the same person), and 5) a 75-word description of the panel for the conference program.  


Full length research papers and extended abstracts will be considered for traditional research presentation sessions, high-density paper sessions, or interactive paper sessions.   

For all submissions, please select the appropriate category (i.e. faculty or student submission) in All Academic online submission site and provide keywords as requested to help us guide your work to the most appropriate reviewers. If you are a PhD student and single author of your paper, please select the student submission (thus, your submission will be considered for best Student Paper Award).  

All submissions must be anonymous. If any item of the above guidelines and formatting instructions is not met, the contribution will not be reviewed.  

Any submission comes with the professional expectation that you will present that work as a registered attendee at the conference if it is accepted by the Interest Group. 



Based on feedback from the review process, we confer top faculty and top student paper awards for full length completed research papers. To be considered for Top Student Paper Award, a contribution must be authored solely by graduate students. To be considered for any award, at least one author must be a member of the Public Diplomacy Interest Group at the time of submission. 


Please volunteer to be a reviewer!

To ensure the timeliness and quality of the review process, we encourage all faculty members and PhD students who submit papers to our Interest Group to also volunteer as reviewers. Within ICA’s paper management system you will find a link labeled ‘Volunteer to be a Reviewer’. Please enroll as a volunteer on the ICA submission site when you submit your contribution. Please update your ICA member profile, including your research interests, to facilitate our process of identifying the appropriate reviewers for each submission. 


Submission through the ICA Conference website opens 4 September 2018. All submissions must be completed online no later than 1 November 2018 at 16:00 UTC. ICA will send acceptance/rejection notices to submitters on January 16, 2019. To avoid technical problems, early submission is strongly encouraged. Please direct any questions about the call for submissions to James Pamment ( and Alina Dolea (