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[Commlist] CFP: 70th Annual ICA Conference
Wed Sep 04 21:44:26 GMT 2019
Conference Theme Call for Papers
Gold Coast, Australia | 21-25 May 2020
Click to Read PDF Version of Theme Call for Papers:
The ICA 2020 conference theme aims to facilitate and deepen the
conversation about Open Science in the field of communication. The
international movement towards Open Science touches on many aspects of
our research practices, and discussing the implications will enable and
contribute to a conversation in the ICA and our field more broadly about
Open Science. This is an inclusive conversation from which our entire
field can benefit.
As a concept, Open Science is oriented toward advancing scholarship
through transparency, wide-ranging collaboration, and a focus on the
creation of public goods. It is about sharing knowledge about our
research process, being up front about research ideas, transparent and
thoughtful about analyzing our materials, and ensuring that, when
possible, data and instruments are available for future scholars to
learn from and to challenge. We need an open conversation about what the
Open Science movement implies for the diverse field of communication
research. This conversation should serve to further increase both the
quality of our research and the transparency of the research process. As
is the case with Open Access, quality and transparency will help us to
build better communication research with a broader appeal.
Open communication science is not a one-size-fits-all. But how can we
develop best practices and share experiences in creating an ‘Open
Communication Science’ space for all scholars? These are conversations
that we should have as communication scholars, at our home universities,
with our funders, and also within the ICA.
With the theme of Open Communication, we encourage research and panels
that cut across research domains and practices. We invite researchers to
look beyond divisional and sub-disciplinary boundaries and also bring in
perspectives from adjacent disciplines in the humanities and social
sciences. In particular, we also encourage submissions that focus on
digital communication, the lockdown of platforms, and the interesting
tensions between data science and open science practices.
With the Open Communication conference theme, we encourage scholars to
address key questions that relate to collaboration in and the
accessibility of our work, such as:
What are good open science practices and how can they be adopted in
What does open science imply for the norms and values that underlie
our research work?
How do we develop an inclusive open science culture that is
respectful of epistemological differences?
How do we square developments towards data science, algorithms, and
artificial intelligence with open science principles and practices?
How can open science enable the communication field to be inspired
by, and inspire, adjacent fields?
How do we educate both emerging and established communication
scholars about open science?
What are the roles and responsibilities of different actors
(universities, funders, associations, research groups, journals,
Submission guidelines for the ICA 2020 theme category:
All submissions must focus on the topic of Open Communication;
Work that debates, advances, or practices open science principles in
communication can be submitted as papers so as to allow the theme chair
to create panels that discuss and/or showcase open science practices;
Panels for the theme should be cross-divisional (having broad appeal
across all units of ICA),
Innovative (and interactive) and educational formats are encouraged.
Submissions to theme sessions must follow all general guidelines put
forward by ICA. Proposals for papers and panels on the conference theme
are invited from all sectors of the ﬁeld, and will be evaluated
competitively by anonymous reviewers selected by the theme chair.
Submissions deemed to ﬁt only the interests of one division or interest
group rather than the conference as a whole will be forwarded to that
group for consideration. Papers or panels submitted to the theme must
not be submitted simultaneously for consideration to any division or
Panel proposals on the conference theme must include a 400-word
rationale explaining how the panel ﬁts the conference theme plus a
separate 150-word summary of the description to appear in the conference
As always: papers, posters, and panels that apply to general
communication topics not having to do with theme are also welcome. These
are organized within the 32 ICA divisions and interest groups’ Calls for
Papers, the submission guidelines for which will be enumerated on the
ICA website in August.
All panel submissions (general and theme) should:
include contributions from at least two different countries,
feature gender balance, and
include not more than one contributor from a single faculty, department
For other questions related to the 2020 conference theme, please contact
the Conference Theme Chair.
Conference Theme Chair
Eike Mark Rinke
U of Leeds
(e.m.rinke /at/ leeds.ac.uk)
Conference Program Chair
Claes de Vreese
U of Amsterdam
(c.h.devreese /at/ uva.nl)
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