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

The Communication Traits Interest Group is requesting paper and panel submissions for the 111th Annual ECA Convention in Baltimore MD. The convention theme, Harboring Innovation, is centered on the idea of making changes in something established, especially by introducing new ideas, methods, or activities. To create transformation, revolution, metamorphosis. Particularly, this interest group seeks submissions that explore ways that communication is innovative and how it has changed society. We are interested in submissions that aim to look at these changes or changes that can be viewed as occuring in the future. 

Papers and panel/program proposals must be submitted electronically by Tuesday, October 15, 2019

ECA will again be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. All submissions should be uploaded through Attendee Interactive at the following site: deadline for submissions remains the same, October 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work. 

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 American Psychological Association 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 in one MS Word file (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat file (.pdf). Proposals should be written according to the University of Chicago Manual of Style or American Psychological Association 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 ALL 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 additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website All questions or concerns related to the Communication Interest Group can be directed to:  

James M Durbin, Department of Communication Studies, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115. E-mail:;. This interest group is limited in the number of sessions it programs, so prior consultation with the planer about session ideas might be useful in coordinating the efforts of people who might be separately pursuing the same general idea.

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