The CT&M Division of AEJMC invites submissions of original research papers that advance the literature in mass communication theory, research methods, or both. CT&M welcomes both conceptual and empirical papers and is open to all methodological approaches, quantitative and qualitative.
CT&M sponsors four paper competitions. Papers can be submitted to the open-call competition or the student paper competition. Any paper can also be considered for the theory paper competition or the method paper competition. CT&M strongly encourages submissions by students. Winners of the Chaffee-McLeod Award for Top Student Paper will be awarded $250; two additional top student papers will also receive cash prizes. To be considered for the student paper competition, all authors must be students, and the author(s) must type “Student Paper Competition” in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of text. In addition to the open-call and student competitions, CT&M recognizes the top theoretical and methodological submissions to the division each year. A theory paper may extend what is known about the current workings of a theory by including a data analysis section, or strictly extend the current theory literature without including data. A method paper may discuss, develop, or apply measurement, statistical approaches, sampling techniques, or field methods that demonstrate research method innovation.
Papers submitted to the theory and methods paper competitions will also be considered for awards in the open-call and student competitions, as applicable. To be considered for the theory paper competition, the author(s) must type “Theory Paper Competition” in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of text; to be considered for the method paper competition, the author(s) must type “Methods Paper Competition” in the upper right-hand corner on the first of text. Winners of all awards will be recognized in the conference program and at the 2017 CT&M members’ meeting in Chicago.
Please limit papers to no more than 25 pages (double-spaced) in length, excluding tables and references. Papers should follow APA style, have 1-inch margins, and use 12 point Times New Roman font. Please limit papers to a total of 35 pages total (including text, tables, and references). Please refer to the AEJMC general paper call for this year’s online submission guidelines. Please make sure there is no identifying information in the body of the paper or in the document properties. Co-authors cannot be added after a paper has been reviewed. At least one author of an accepted faculty paper must attend the conference to present the paper. If student authors cannot be present, they must make arrangements for the paper to be presented by someone else. Failure to be present or provide a presenter for any paper will result in a one-year ban on the review of papers for all of the authors involved. Authors of accepted papers are required to forward papers to discussants prior to the conference.