Political Communication Division

Conference Call for Papers

Sophie Lecheler, Vice Chair

University of Vienna

Althanstrasse 14 (UZA II)

1090 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43-1-4277-49375 

E-mail: sophie.lecheler@univie.ac.at


The Political Communication Division supports research and theory development at the intersection of politics and communication. The division recognizes that political communication takes place in many settings, including within, between, and among individuals, organizations, cultures, and nations. Studies of communication dealing with governments, media, policy, political actors, citizens, campaigns, social movements and advocacy groups are all within the purview of the division. Papers that address political communication problems at all levels of analysis using a variety of theories and methods are welcome. Panel proposals that are focused on cutting-edge topics, but that are diverse in terms of the methodologies, theoretical standpoints or nationalities of the presenters, are encouraged.


The division accepts submissions in three formats:


1. Full completed research papers.  Papers should be a maximum of 8,000 words including references, with illustrative material (i.e., tables, graphs, images) submitted separately. Submitters must delete all identifying information before submitting a paper. When submitting the paper make sure to select at least two topical keywords and one method keyword out of the long list. More specific keywords can be added on the first page of the paper. 


Important: Please note that papers must adhere to the guidelines in the general ICA call for papers.  Specifically, papers MUST NOT contain any identifying information and may not have been previously published or accepted for publication.  Submission of the same paper or proposal to more than one division is not allowed. Papers containing author names or submitted to more than one division will not undergo review.


2. Panel submissions. Panels provide a good forum for the discussion of new approaches, timely topics, ongoing political developments, innovative ideas, and debates in the field.  If you plan to submit a panel, please submit the following details: (a) Panel Theme or Title, (b) a 75-word description of the panel for the conference program, (c) a 400-word rationale, providing justification for the panel and the participating panelists, (d) 350-word (max) abstract of each paper, (e) Names of panel participants (usually 4 presenters, plus a designated respondent), and (f) Name of panel chair/organizer.


3. Preregistered studies - extended abstracts.  In line with the 2020 conference theme call “Open Communication”, the Division invites the submission of extended abstracts of preregistered studies. In doing so, the Division shows its support for the ICA’s goals to facilitate and deepen the conversation about Open Science in the field of communication. An extended abstract may also be submitted for not fully executed studies so long as the paper will be completed for presentation at the conference. Abstracts should be a maximum of 1,500 words including references, and should clearly outline the conceptual framework, methods, analysis, and (expected) results of the study. Extended abstracts should put emphasis on information on the preregistered idea, theory, and analysis plan of a study. The submission must include the URL of the preregistration. At the conference, papers from this submission format will likely be scheduled in a high-density session. When submitting, please include the words “preregistered study – extended abstract” on the title page. 


The number of submissions originating from the same author is limited to three first authored papers by ICA regulations. Given limited space on the program, the division may accept only one first-authored submission (across all submission types) per person. The division especially encourages participation from Latin America, Asia, and Africa, and will consider panel proposals that advance participation beyond the US and Western Europe. 


We ask all paper submitters to also volunteer as reviewers for the division. We need you!


If you have any questions concerning these formats or general enquiries regarding your individual submission, please contact Sophie Lecheler (sophie.lecheler@univie.ac.at