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#ICA20 Call For Papers

The Children, Adolescents, and Media (CAM) Division welcomes submissions that concern the role of media in the lives of children and adolescents. CAM aims to cover all media and technologies aimed at and/or used by these audiences, as well as the contextual issues surrounding this selection and use. CAM’s orientation is interdisciplinary. It seeks to contribute to communication theory, and also to psychological, sociological, and critical theories. CAM’s approach is multi-methodological. It welcomes all theoretical and empirical studies based on quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Both members and non-members are welcome to submit their scholarship for consideration. The deadline for all submissions is 1 November 2019. To read the complete Call for Papers and associated policies, submitters are encouraged to visit ICA’s website.

If you have any questions, please send an email to CAM program planner Nancy Jennings at Nancy.Jennings@uc.edu. Thank you for considering the CAM Division as an outlet for scholarship.

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#ICA20 Submission Instructions

As we have done in previous conferences, CAM will continue its process of diversifying the structure of presentation sessions. Below are the detailed descriptions of the four types of sessions that CAM will be assembling in Washington.

Traditional Paper Sessions

In these sessions, presenters prepare a presentation of their manuscript. A total of 4-5 thematically-similar presentations are planned (roughly 10-12 minutes per presentation) along with a respondent (approximately 5 minutes per session). The respondent will be asked to respond to the content of each paper and connect the papers to one another and to the broader field.

Only completed papers within the ICA limit of 25 pages (excluding references and tables; with 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins) will be considered. CAM does not accept extended abstracts for our competitive traditional paper sessions. ALL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUTHOR MUST BE REMOVED OR PAPERS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Please note: Papers submitted for consideration in the traditional sessions will also be considered for the hybrid high density sessions described below, as well as the conference-wide ICA Interactive Poster Display Session.

Hybrid High Density Session

In the Hybrid High Density Session, anywhere between 6 and 8 thematically-linked papers are planned. Rather than the traditional paper session, in response to feedback from our members, the HHD format will be the Power Roundtable Sessions.

For Power Roundtable Sessions, presenters are asked to give a 6-minute pitch of their work to the full room. Presenters may choose to use PowerPoint (maximum of 10 slides) for their pitch, but this is not required. Then, after all presenters deliver their pitch, the session changes to a discussion session whereby presenters can engage in small group discussions at assigned tables.

A digital “poster” should be used to augment the sessions. Specifically, presenters are expected to offer an abbreviated poster, slides, or infographic on their personal laptop/touchscreen device, or to provide hand-outs to attendees at tables. Posters affixed to an upright wall or structure will not be permitted.

As with the traditional paper sessions, only completed papers within the ICA limit of 25 pages (excluding references and tables; with 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins) will be considered for our Hybrid High Density Sessions. CAM does not accept extended abstracts for our competitive HHD paper sessions. ALL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUTHOR MUST BE REMOVED OR PAPERS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Papers submitted for consideration in the HHD sessions will also be considered for the traditional sessions described above, as well as the conference-wide ICA Interactive Poster Display Session.

Panel Sessions

Panel proposals should include a title, description for the program (max. 75 words), format (traditional, hybrid high density, high density), and a rationale for the overall panel (max. 400 words) as well as abstracts of each participant’s contribution (max. 150 words each). PANEL PROPOSALS MUST INCLUDE THE NAMES, RANKS, AFFILIATIONS, AND CONTACT INFORMATION OF ALL PARTICIPANTS. All submissions will be judged based on division relevance, theoretical significance, research quality, contribution of findings, and quality of writing. A CAM panel selection committee will read all panel submissions and rank and discuss them. Panels may follow the traditional (presentation + respondent) or hybrid high density format (presentation + poster; described above). In addition, it is possible to propose a high density panel in which short presentations are complemented with a round-table discussion (no poster).

Research Escalator Sessions

Research Escalator Sessions provide scholars an opportunity for less developed research to be presented and discussed (with the goal of making the paper ready for submission to a conference or journal) with experts in the field. Those interested in the Research Escalator session should submit an extended abstract (500-600 words) of their paper. This abstract will be reviewed by up to 3 potential mentors (more advanced CAM scholars with expertise in the field and/or your paper topic). If your abstract is selected for mentorship, you will be expected to send the most recent version of your paper to your mentor 6 weeks prior to the conference so that s/he has sufficient time to review your piece.

During the conference, time will be set aside specifically for the research escalator sessions. Submitters will be briefly introduced by the R-E planner. Then, submitters will meet with their mentors in one-on-one mentorship meetings to discuss their feedback on the manuscript (audience members are welcome and encouraged to attend these conversations as well). At the end of the session, all regroup and submitters will give a short “recap” of new directions/goals as well as highlight the main points they took away from their mentorship sessions. To get a feel for these sessions, be sure to check out our video online.

Anyone can submit an abstract for the CAM Research Escalator sessions; however, we especially encourage graduate students, junior faculty, and/or people inexperienced with the journal publishing process to submit to this session. Note: On the first page of the extended abstract, please make a note: CONSIDER FOR RESEARCH ESCALATOR SESSION. Also, if you have a preferred mentor or would like a mentor with a specific type of expertise (e.g., methodological expertise), please note this on the first page of the extended abstract.

Important Points

If you are considering submitting to ICA-CAM, here are some important points to keep in mind:

1. Attendance Requirement. Any submission you make comes with the professional expectation that you will present that work as a registered attendee at the conference if it is accepted by the Division.

2. Deadlines.CAM adheres to the submission deadlines set by ICA. Please refer to the ICA website for exact deadlines. Early submissions are strongly encouraged. Submitters can withdraw or edit their submissions until November. Note: If your paper is accepted for presentation at ICA, you will have an opportunity to submit a revised version of your paper prior to the conference.

3. Keywords. During the submission process, you will be asked to enter keywords representing your manuscript. It is VERY important for you to choose the right keywords for your submission as these keywords are used to select reviewers for your submission. There is a wide range of keywords in the submission website. Please take a moment to select keywords that capture the gist of your work – both in terms of content and methodology. Keep in mind that keywords such as “children”, “adolescents”, “media” will not be particularly helpful in delineating your work from others. The more specific you can be, the better the match between reviewer and submission.

4. Publication or Presentation History.If material in your presentation has been presented or submitted for publication/presentation elsewhere, this MUST BE DISCLOSED on the cover page of your submission. Work that is already published or accepted for publication prior to submission is ineligible. Failure to properly disclose presentation or publication history will lead to disqualification.

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Reviewing for CAM

All submitted papers and panels undergo blind peer review.  Each year, members of the CAM community volunteer to review papers, and the program planner then matches the submissions to reviewers.  The efforts invested into the review process directly translate into the quality of our CAM meeting each year.  Thank you,  in advance, to all individuals who are willing to share their time in service to the CAM community.

Reviewer FAQs

  • How do I become a CAM reviewer? You can volunteer to review via ScholarOne. Simply log in, click on your user name on the top of the page and select “General Information.” There you can indicate that you want to review submissions and select Children, Adolescents & the Media Division. Otherwise, use the Contact Us form on the website and the program planner will be in touch shortly.
  • May I review if I am not a current CAM member? Absolutely! Of course, we would love to have you as a CAM member too – but non-members are welcome as well.
  • May I review as a junior scholar? We welcome reviewers with a range of experience in the children, adolescents, and media field. If you are new to the field and/or reviewing, you are welcome to contact the program planner for tips. It is also possible (with approval from the program planner) to work with a more experienced reviewer if that is something you would prefer.
  • How many assignments will I receive? CAM aims to keep the number of reviewer assignments to a maximum of 4 papers per reviewer. That said, the number of assignments is dependent on the number of volunteers and submissions. Each submission is reviewed by 3 individuals. The more volunteers we have, the easier it is to minimize assignments!
  • How are assignments handled? Keeping in mind potential conflicts of interests, assignments are typically based on a match between topic and/or methodological expertise.
  • How do I find my reviewer assignments? You can login to ScholarOne to see your reviewer assignment.
  • What criteria are used to review CAM submissions? Reviewers are asked to rate submissions on several criteria using a 1 (low) through 5 (high) scoring system as well as provide overall recommendation on the submission.
    • Importance of Topic
    • Theoretical Quality
    • Methodological Quality
    • Significance of Findings and Conclusions
    • CAM division relevance
    • Overall impression of paper
  • Do I need to provide qualitative comments in my reviews? Yes, in addition to the numerical score, you will be asked to provide written feedback to the author(s) and have the opportunity to share feedback with the program planner. Please know that this feedback is very valuable both to the authors and program planner.
  • What should I do if I think a paper is ineligible or I cannot review it for some reason? If for any reason you believe a paper is ineligible (e.g., target audience is not children or adolescents, paper is not blinded or does not fit submission rules, significant conflict of interest, something else concerning), please email the program planner right away.
  • Who is the program planner for the #ica20? The program planning role rotates between the vice-chair and chair of CAM. For #ica20, the CAM chair (Nancy Jennings) is the program planner. She can be reached at Nancy.Jennings@uc.edu.

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