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ECA 110th Convention - Communication Law and Ethics Interest Group Interest Group Call for Papers




The Communication Law and Ethics Interest Group of the Eastern Communication Association invites the submission of competitive papers, thematic program or panel proposals, and innovative programming alternatives (e.g., roundtables, symposia, debates, open forums, and community programs) for the 110th annual convention of the ECA. 

The 2019 convention’s theme, “Creating our Future,” looks for our discipline to produce work that solves problems or addresses challenges in communities, organization, relationships and local environments. This speaks to our own division’s potential for bringing together professionals from the academia, media, politics, and public service to work and solve these issues through the lens of law and ethics. If law is what we have to do and ethics is what we should do, then there is no better place to start. Our division is central in establishing the rules- both legal and ethical- that will guide us in solving the grand issues of our time.

In keeping with this theme, we ask you to consider submitting papers, thematic panels, and other program content that explore ethical and legal issues. We invite work from students, faculty and professionals. We also invite work from varying types of approaches including ethical, legal, critical, empirical and theoretical.

General information about the 2019 Call for Papers can be found at

Submissions to the Communication Law and Ethics Interest Group must adhere to the following guidelines:
ECA will now be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. This is the same system used by the National Communication Association so you may be familiar with it. The deadline for submissions remains the same, October 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work. An email will be sent to the membership in the next couple of months to announce when Attendee Interactive will be open for submission. Additional information, including a link to the submission page, will be sent to ECA members on the day the submission website opens. 

The Interest Group invites two types of submission and the specific requirements for each type follows. 

Submission Guidelines for Completed Papers 

Papers should be written in accordance with the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). The following fields will be completed for individual submissions: 

  • Title
  • Description (aka. Abstract) including the Professional Responsibility Statement.
  • Student Paper
  • Debut Submission
  • Special requests
  • Audio Visual Form
  • Upload final paper or additional documents (file types accepted: Word or PDF).

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals  

Please submit panel/program proposals is one MS Word file (.doc or .docx). Proposals should be written according to the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). Include the following items in all panel/program submissions: 

  • Thematic Title
  • Participants (Names & Affiliations) including chair and respondent.
  • Estimated Attendance
  • Special requests
  • Rationale
  • Audio Visual Form
  • Upload supporting documents that include titles and abstract for each paper or presentation, program copy (no more than a  75-word description) as it should appear in the final program, and Statement of Professionalism (see below).

Include the following statement with submissions. 

In submitting the attached paper/panel, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this paper/panel if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees. 

For any additional information regarding this CFP, please contact the

Communication Law and Ethics Program Planner: 

Jason Zenor 
Department of Communication

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