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ECA - 2020 Convention - Call for Papers ... Interpersonal Communication Interest Group




“Harboring Innovation”

Baltimore, MD April 1-5, 2020

The Interpersonal Communication Interest Group is seeking paper and panel submissions for ECA's 111th Annual Convention to be held at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor from April 1-5, 2020. The convention will center on past innovations in our field and how we can continue to innovate to remain relevant and cutting-edge.

Paper and panel/program submissions must be received by the end of the day on October 15, 2019.

ECA uses Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. You will be prompted to create a 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. 

In keeping with the theme of innovation, please consider ways that interpersonal scholars and teachers innovate in our research and in the classroom. We invite two types of submissions.

Individual Paper Submission Guidelines:

Individual papers are completed papers that report original research, provide an extensive literature review, or showcase some other form of scholarship. Papers should be no more than 25 double-spaced pages, use Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins (excluding title page, abstract, references, and appendices), and comply with the guidelines set forth in APA 6th edition. If the paper has multiple authors, the submitter should indicate who will be presenting at the convention.

Complete paper submissions should include the following elements:

  • Title
  • Description (aka. Abstract) including the Statement of Professional Responsibility (see below)
  • Student Paper (if applicable)
  • Debut Submission (if applicable)
  • Special requests (if any)
  • Audio Visual requests (if any)
  • Uploaded final paper or additional documents (file types accepted: Word or PDF)

Panel/Program Proposal Submission Guidelines:

In addition to traditional panel submissions in which three to four speakers present individual papers on a specific topic area, and in keeping with the theme of innovation, please consider submitting panels that are unique in composition and format. For instance, you might consider proposing a debate-style panel in which panelists take and present two opposite positions on an interpersonal topic or pedagogical approach. You might also consider submitting a panel in which one or two panelists interview a prolific scholar or outstanding instructor in our field about their professional experiences. Submissions should comply with APA 6th edition.

Submissions of panel/program proposals should include the following elements in one MS Word file (.doc or .docx):

  • Thematic Title
  • Participants (Names & Affiliations) including chair and respondent. (Chairs should not also be designated as respondents)
  • Estimated Attendance
  • Special requests (if any)
  • Rationale
  • Audio Visual requests (if any)
  • Uploaded supporting documents that include titles and abstract for each paper or presentation, rationale for program/panel, program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program, and Statement of Professional Responsibility (see below)

You must include the following Statement of Professional Responsibility with all papers and proposals:  

In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this panel or paper 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.

Presenters are encouraged to present without technology. Please note that a paper or panel should only be submitted to a single interest group.

Please contact Aimee Miller-Ott at if you have programming ideas or questions about the submission process. For additional information about the convention, including short courses and other programming, please see the ECA website available at 

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