2016 Research Paper Competition Summary

By Sol Hart

2016 was another excellent year for the ComSHER research paper competition! We received more paper submissions (129) than any other division. That means that of the 1,564 submissions across all of AEJMC, 8% were submitted to ComSHER. ComSHER is now truly one of the largest research divisions at AEJMC – we had more research paper submissions than any other division in 2016, 2015, and 2013, and were tied for the most submissions in 2014. While we continue to receive a high volume of submissions, we have been able to maintain reasonable acceptance rates. In 2016 we accepted 65 of the 129 submissions, for an acceptance rate of 50.3%. 59 of the accepted papers were faculty submissions, and 6 were student only submissions.

1Looking to the topics of the accepted papers, Health Communication again accounted for a little over half of the ComSHER papers. The remaining papers were roughly evenly distributed between Science, Environmental, and Risk Communication.

 

2The paper competition is made possible by the generous contribution of all of our reviewers. 114 reviewers volunteered to review for the 2016 paper competition. This is an increase from the 107 reviewers we had in 2015, and ensured that all submitted papers received 3 reviews, and reviewers had an average of 3.8 reviews to complete. Thank you to all of our reviewers!

We look forward to another excellent paper competition in 2017!

Table 1
ComSHER Research Paper Submission Summary 2013-2016
Submitted Accepted Acceptance Rate
2013 148 69 46.6%
2014 134 85 63.4%
2015 139 80 58%
2016 129 65 50.4%

 

Table 2
Topic of ComSHER Papers, 2013-2016
2013 (n=69) 2014 (n=85) 2015 (n=80) 2016 (n=65)
Science 2 (3%) 11 (13%) 9 (11%) 10 (15%)
Health 41 (59%) 46 (54%) 45 (56%) 36 (55%)
Environment 7 (10%) 16 (19%) 17 (21%) 10 (15%)
Risk 16 (23%) 9 (11%) 2 (3%) 13 (20%)
Multiple 3 (4%) 3 (3%) 7 (9%) *

*for 2016 there were a few papers that had overlapping categories, but we included them in all of the respective categories to offer a better sense of the distribution of paper topic areas. Thus the paper totals for the 2016 topics (69) presents a higher cumulative amount than the total papers accepted (65) due to multiple coding for some of the papers.