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ECA 2023 ... Health Communication Interest Group ... Call for Submissions

Call for Papers

2023 Eastern Communication Association Convention

“Harboring Innovation”

Baltimore, MD

March 29 to April 2, 2023

Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 16, 2022 11:59 (PST)

The Health Communication Interest Group invites submissions for ECA's 114th Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. The 2023 convention theme is “Harboring Innovation”. We especially encourage submissions that fit this theme. Programming may focus on ways that we have innovated and ways we need to innovate to remain relevant in today's world. This may include innovations in teaching, scholarship, or the practice of health communication. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Innovations in health communication technology or professional practices.
  • Innovative theories, methods, and data analysis techniques in health communication.
  • Innovations in health communication pedogogy.
  • Innovations that will move the field of health communication forward.

Consider the many ways that health communication embraces the concept of innovation as you prepare your submission!

We invite the following types of submissions:

  1. Individual Papers
  2. Panel Discussions

Submission guidelines:

  1. Individual Papers:

Only complete papers will be considered

Papers must be no longer than 25 pages and use a 12-point font size; double-spaced; 1-inch margins (abstract, references, tables, and figures are not included in the 25-page limit)

Papers must conform to APA 7th Edition guidelines

The paper must be uploaded as a PDF

All identifying author(s) information (names, institutions, hidden document properties) must be removed; if this requirement is not met, submissions will not be eligible for review

Please specify on the electronic submission if any/all authors are student authors

  1. Panel Discussions:

These can take the form of a discussion panel of scholars, students, practitioners, or a combination

Please use the following guidelines for panel discussion submissions:

  1. a) Include a title, a chair, and a 250-word abstract of each paper/presentation
  2. b) Please include names and affiliations (i.e. institution/organization) for each presenter

Additional Submission Information:

ECA utilizes Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. ECA will send an email to members and update the Convention section of its website with a link to the submission link. To submit your work, you will be prompted to log in using ECA-specific credentials (you do not use login credentials you may have created for any other association, such as NCA, that uses Attendee Interactive), or to create an account. 

Submissions must not have been presented at another conference and can only be submitted to one interest group at ECA. Our division will award Top Paper Awards, including one Top Student Paper Award. Student-led submissions (i.e. student is first author, faculty member is co-author) are eligible for the Top Paper Awards.

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

In submitting the attached paper/panel, I/We recognize that an accepted paper/panel is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the ECA convention, pay fees, and present the work. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies should take all possible measures to arrange an alternate presenter, and communicate their plans to both the Interest Group Planner and ECA VP.

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January 2023

Criteria for Acceptance:

Submissions will be reviewed/assessed based on the following critera:

-Please rate the quality of the submission’s conceptual rationale. To what extent does this submission have a clear and well-chosen theoretical basis? Does this submission contain innovative ideas? Does the submission address important questions? To what extent does the submission craft a compelling rationale?

-Please rate the quality of the submission’s methodology. To what extent is the method of data collection and/or analysis appropriate for the research question/idea or hypothesis?

-Please rate the quality of the submission’s discussion of findings/analysis. To what extent will the submission substantially improve our understanding of health communication? Does this submission have compelling theoretical and/or practical implications? Does the submission challenge existing paradigms? To what extent are the findings important and compelling?

-How well does this submission reflect the 2023 convention theme of Harboring Innovation?

Please contact our interest group planner for questions about the submission process.

Jennifer R. Allen Catellier, Ph.D.
2023 Health Communication Interest Group Chair and Planner
Gannon University

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