Sports Communication Interest Group

Conference Call for Paper

Mike Devlin, Vice Chair
Texas State University
College of Communication and Fine Arts
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX 78666

Use the ICA’s ScholarOne paper management site to submit papers by 16:00 UTC (12:00 NOON EST) on Friday, 1 November, 2019. (Please note the time is scheduled for noon rather than the historical “midnight on the US East Coast” so ICA staff can assist with technical issues).


All relevant requirements in the ICA’s general guidelines apply to submissions to the Sports Communication Interest Group (SCIG) such as formatting and registration requirements. SCIG has specific requirements for various submission types below.




The Sports Communication Interest Group (SPIG) welcomes paper submissions and panel proposals on a broad range of topics pertaining to sport and its relationship to myriad communication forms and formats. Disciplinarily, the SCIG fosters intersections between sport, communication, media studies, cultural studies, and identity studies, across diverse platforms and modes of communication.


More specifically, our interest group welcomes papers, panels, and poster presentations on topics involving (but not limited to) the following:



- strategic communication
- marketing and public relations
- globalization and international sport
- social movements and social protest
- social identity
- race and gender
- news media, social media, and virtual reality
- emerging technologies

This list is far from exhaustive. We encourage submissions using a wide array of theoretical and methodological approaches including critical/rhetorical, qualitative, and quantitative research methods.

Submitters are permitted to submit no more than three lead-authored papers to the SPIG. There are no restrictions on the total number of papers that can be submitted, but submitters are permitted to submit top faculty and top student papers will be named. The following formats may be submitted:

(a) Extended abstracts: Works in progress (empirical, methodological, theoretical, or critical) of no more than 1000 words in length, not including title page, references, charts, or tables will be considered. Extended abstracts longer than 1000 words will not be reviewed.

  a. Abstracts should concisely present the purpose of the paper, main theoretical framework/assumptions, and research methods.
  b. Work already published or accepted for publication should not be submitted.
c. Authors are expected to take efforts to conceal their identity from reviewers; authors’ names should NOT appear anywhere in the files submitted.

(b) Full papers: Only completed papers within the ICA limit of 8,000 words (not including tables and references) will be considered for full papers. All tables and figures should be included with main text in a single document.

a. There are no page limits. Papers must adhere to all general guidelines for ICA conference paper submission (such as those for author identification) to be reviewed.
b. Work already published or accepted for publication should not be submitted.
c. If ALL authors are students, the submission should be designated a student paper, making it eligible for a student paper award.

(c) Panels: Panel proposals should include a rationale for the panel (350-word maximum), as well as abstracts of each participant’s contribution (150-word maximum for each presenter).

a. Panels with institutional and/or national diversity are especially encouraged.
b. Panels should include contributions from at least two different countries, and not more than one contribution from a single Faculty, Department or School.

At least one author per submission must commit to attending the conference if his or her work is accepted. Individuals who submit papers are encouraged to also volunteer as reviewers. Those seeking help with the submission process are invited to contact the SPIG Conference Program Planner, Dr. Mike Devlin (

For more information about this year’s conference theme, visit WWW.ICAHDQ.ORG